Association of Employment and Learning providers appoints new leader
The body that represents the skills and employability providers who train over 70 per cent of the country's 700,000 apprentices has a new leader.
The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has announced the appointment of the new chief executive officer Stewart Segal. Segal will replace the current CEO Graham Hoyle OBE who is retiring in August, having played a major role in developing AELP so that it is now a leading voice in the skills and employment markets.
Segal has worked in the government funded training sector for nearly 20 years in a range of senior executive roles, including CEO of a large national training provider.
Speaking about his new appointment, Stewart Segal said: "I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to lead AELP. AELP has made tremendous progress over the last few years in building the credibility of independent training providers in the FE and skills sector. I hope I can play my part in taking that forward over the next few years as we face the current challenges within the sector.
"We know that there is pressure on government funding but we are now seeing an apprenticeship programme that is getting the recognition and credibility that it deserves. These major improvements have been delivered by effective professional training providers responding to employer and learner needs. That is what will drive even further improvements in the sector. I am very confident that we will continue to ensure that training providers can deliver welfare-to-work and skills programmes that will support the drive for economic and social success."
Segal has identified the following main policy objectives for AELP when he takes up his new post, which is consistent with the association's current policy direction:
• Ensuring transparency and fairness so customers understand the system and to allow providers to plan provision
• Maximising customer choice by ensuring that there is a level playing field for all providers
• Focusing on the quality of outcomes and
• Integrating the procurement of post-16 employment and skills provision to increase the number of people securing sustainable employment.
Segal started his working career in HR and Training in Ford Motor Company. He held a number of senior management roles in Ford and Grand Metropolitan moving from training related jobs to general management roles. In 1995, he joined Hertfordshire Training and Enterprise Council as chief executive. The TECs were the private sector government funding agencies and Segal gained valuable experience of how funding allocations were managed.
AELP Chairman Martin Dunford OBE said: "We conducted a very thorough search and selection process which attracted an extremely high calibre field of over fifty candidates and the AELP Board and I am delighted that Stewart is taking over as CEO. He has extensive experience of direct delivery of training as well as his knowledge of the policymaking roles of the key stakeholders. This is a challenging time for training providers with reducing budgets and a range of reviews and recommendations on the future of skills funding while the effectiveness of the Work Programme is also under scrutiny.
"Stewart has been involved in the major improvements made in the sector in terms of responsiveness and quality and we know he will take that agenda forward. AELP has an important role to play in shaping the skills and employment agenda for the future and Stewart will work with our partners to ensure that we remain focused on delivering high quality training provision to employers and learners."