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People 1st makes call for nominations to join six leading employers on Retail Apprenticeship Board

Representatives from six organisations have secured a leading role in the future of retail apprenticeships with a seat on the Retail Apprenticeship Board.

The new board, which will be facilitated by performance and talent management expert, People 1st, is recognised by government to oversee the external quality assurance of the employer-driven retail apprenticeship that was launched last year.

Members, carefully selected for their combined expertise and passion in driving up the quality of apprenticeships, will each will play a significant part in helping to ensure the new apprenticeship standard remains fit for purpose for all businesses across the industry. This is critical when considering the industry needs more than 224,000 managers by 2024, in order to operate effectively and remain competitive.

An impartial nominations committee, which included input from the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the Association of Colleges (AoC), and a sector employer representative, selected the following seven representatives:

  • Graeme Barry, performance & development specialist, C & J Clark International
  • Lloyd Thomas, group apprenticeship manager, Co-op
  • Fiona French, people director, Fortnum & Mason
  • Debbie Cox, recruitment & competence development manager UK/IE, Ikea
  • Alys Reeves, early careers manager, Sainsbury’s Argos
  • Nick McGlashan, UK apprenticeship programmme manager, Tesco

Nominations remain open for at least three further places on the board. Businesses that would like to join the existing seven members are invited to apply by 18 May by visiting www.people1st.co.uk/Retail-apprenticeship-board.

Annette Allmark, director of strategic policy at People 1st comments:

“We were delighted to see such a range of nominations from businesses across the industry wanting an influential role in the future of retail apprenticeships. While the board now includes seven representatives from leading employers, we would like to extend membership more widely across the retail industry and therefore continue to invite both large and SME businesses to nominate. As we received a number of late enquiries, keeping nominations open will give these employers the chance to finalise their nominations.”

To find out more about the Retail Apprenticeship Board and to nominate, visit: www.people1st.co.uk/Retail-apprenticeship-board

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