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Mark Dawe

Chief Executive,
Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)

Mark was appointed as the Chief Executive of AELP 3 years ago.  He is on the Board of WorldSkills UK and the UfI Trust as well as a range of government boards such as the ESFA Advisory Board, IfA Quality Alliance and the DfE’s Apprenticeship Stakeholder Board. Most recently, Mark Dawe was the Chief Executive of OCR, the exam board, for 5 years. He has been a governor of primary schools, secondary and a further education college. Mark has a wealth of experience across a broad spectrum in the education field. Prior to his role at OCR, Mark was Principal of Oaklands FE College (and AELP Board Director) having been Deputy Director, FE Strategy at the Department of Education and Skills and before that as Deputy Director, Adult Basic Skills Strategy Unit after joining the department in 2003. Having read Economics at Cambridge University before qualifying as a chartered accountant at KPMG, Mark joined Canterbury College, becoming Head of Corporate Services in 1994. In 2000, he helped set up eGS, an e-procurement provider to the public sector. He gets his grit and resilience from supporting Plymouth Argyle and Boreham Wood, cycling and four school aged children.

Hear from award winning apprenticeship providers and employers as they share their experiences and guidance in developing high quality apprenticeship programmes

  • Sharing lessons and solutions in the transition from apprenticeship frameworks to apprenticeship standards
  • Assessing how apprenticeship vacancies can be promoted to support long term recruitment to a scheme
  • Evaluating the funding band landscape for apprenticeship delivery and how providers can attract funding from employers
  • Understanding how providers can ensure training, content delivery and the formulation of a course meets the needs of employers

  • Evaluating some of the challenges of apprenticeship funding and delivery and how providers and employers can be supported in expanding the scale of apprenticeships
  • Assessing how non-levy employers and SME’s can be more effectively engaged in apprenticeship delivery to ensure diversity in provision across sectors and regions
  • Understanding how employers can harness the potential of apprenticeships to tackle skill gaps and support long term workforce sustainability
  • Analysing findings from providers and employers on the 20% off the job training component and considering how the quality of training provision can be enhanced to support skill development