A federation of 70 action-oriented education providers across Wales has appointed a new strategic director to work closely with Sened Simru to make apprentices a priority for the Welsh government.
A former apprentice herself, Lisa Maiton, from Merthair Tidefill, has been involved in work-based education for 25 years and is also a current member and former leader of Merthair Tidefill Borough Council.
Talk about his appointment National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW)He said:
I’m excited about taking on this new role, because apprenticeship is a passion of mine and I’ve become a champion for youth at Merthyr Tydfil Borough Council.
The apprenticeship I took as a travel agent at the age of 16 helped me become a manager at the age of 19 and I advanced to a higher apprentice, a degree in education and a professional bachelor’s degree.
For me the vision is to confirm that NTfW There is a voice and a seat around the table when making policy decisions about apprentices. My job is to influence policymakers with an informed approach to all apprenticeship issues at the strategic level.
Apprentice of NTfW Contract holders and subcontractors bridge the gap between education and industry by giving people access to high-quality vocational programs that can prepare young people to contribute to business success or improve existing workforce.
Lisa, who previously served as head of quality at training provider ALS Training and its predecessor Acorn Learning Solutions, has praised the Welsh government for prioritizing apprenticeship funding over several years.
I want to make sure that this happens and that there is equality of respect for apprentices. Provides apprentice skills And this is what we need when it comes to innovation to grow the economy and recover the country from the epidemic. We see a lot of business calling for skilled people.
The opportunities for apprentices up to the degree level are great. We need to improve people’s understanding and awareness about apprentices and their positive impact on life and business.
Apprentices are very important for the economy of Wales and it is important for individuals and businesses to have access to these programs.
One of Lisa’s tasks will be to verify the Welsh Government’s Tertiary Education and Research (Welsh) Bill when it passes through Sened Simru, the next stage will be set for September.
The bill marks the end of the Higher Education Fund Council, which will lead to the formation of a commission for tertiary education and research to manage all post-16 education and training.
Lisa has the distinction of being the youngest mayor of Merthyr Tydfil at the age of 41 and is the longest female member of the council, where she was elected 14 years ago.
Welcoming Lisa to her new role on NTfW, Chairman John Nash said:
Lisa’s knowledge and experience in action-oriented learning will be invaluable in meeting the challenges of the 16-post education and training sector. I am very much looking forward to working with him.