New enterprise chief for apprenticeship physique in Scotland

Peter Farrer, Scottish Water’s Chief Working Officer takes on the position of Chair of the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board’s (SAAB) Group Board, to steer the strategic route of its 5 teams, which function as ‘the voice of trade on apprenticeships in Scotland.’

It comes at an necessary stage within the evolution of the talents panorama, with employers now positioned firmly on the centre of the apprenticeship system.
SAAB now lead on the requirements and frameworks and general governance of apprenticeships in Scotland, making certain that they’re trade–owned.

The appointment comes following the departure of Alison McGregor, former CEO of HSCB in Scotland, who stood as Chair for interval of 4 years.

Peter brings with him over three a long time of trade expertise and experience within the discipline of apprenticeships, having been central to the event of Scottish Water’s individuals technique which utilises apprenticeships as a mannequin of growing expertise.

Peter Farrer mentioned: “I need there to be an apprenticeship out there to each younger one that desires to do one in Scotland, and for any employer to have the ability to provide apprenticeships of their discipline.

“This will likely be on the coronary heart of the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board’s technique going ahead.

“I’m now proud to be within the place the place I might help to steer such an distinctive group of individuals and companies to make sure apprenticeships get the popularity they deserve.”

Plans are underway to refresh the SAAB’s technique for the following two years and determine key areas of labor which can assist proceed to strengthen the employer voice in apprenticeships and guarantee efficient collaboration of all our bodies concerned in Scotland’s abilities system.

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Mike Cantlay, Chair of Scottish Funding Council, the company which funds schools, universities and works with Abilities Improvement Scotland to collectively fund and ship Basis and Graduate Apprenticeships in Scotland, mentioned: “Peter is a welcome addition to the already distinctive membership which is the SAAB. This heralds a brand new part of collaboration between the Apprenticeship Board and its companions akin to Scottish Funding Council, Abilities Improvement Scotland and Scottish Authorities.”

Frank Mitchell, CEO of Scottish Energy and Chair of Abilities Improvement Scotland mentioned: “SAAB has been vastly profitable and has created a robust ‘employer-led’ platform for the longer term development and growth of apprenticeships in Scotland.

“We shouldn’t underestimate or undersell the space travelled by the Board to this point – with due to Alison McGregor as outgoing Chair, for her skilled management to this point. SAAB are one of many few, actually impartial, employer-led our bodies, providing a genuinely genuine employer voice. I stay up for seeing Peter proceed this outstanding work.”