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Terms of reference & written evidence

The inquiry was announced on 21 December 2011 and written evidence was invited for submissions of up to 3,000 words. The original deadline for the submission of evidence of 3 February 2012 was extended until 10 February 2012 to coincide with National Apprenticeships Week.

Parliament TV

You can watch previous evidence sessions of the Committee via the Parliamentary webcast:

Oral Evidence

The following evidence sessions have been held for this inquiry:

Thursday 1 March 2012

At 11.00am:

  • Denis A Hird, Chief Executive, JTL Training
  • Alex Jackman, Senior Policy Advisor, Forum of Private Business
  • Graham Hoyle OBE, Chief Executive, Association of Employment & Learning Providers

Tuesday 6 March 2012

At 10.30am:

  • Professor Keith Ridgway CBE, Research Director, John Baragwanath OBE, Projects Director, and Rt Hon Richard Caborn, Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

At 11.10am:

  • Sharon Ward, Group HR Manager, Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd
  • Alison Bettac, Group HR director, Firth Rixson Ltd
  • Vince Middleton, Managing Director, Newburgh Engineering Co Ltd
  • Richard Cook, Production & Personnel Director, AES SEAL plc

At 11.50am:

  • Peter Flinn, Specialist in high value manufacturing, Technology Strategy Board

At 12.10pm: 

  • Kyle Johnson, Apprentice, Newburgh Engineering Co Ltd
  • Chloe Jones, Apprentice, Newburgh Engineering Co Ltd
  • Luke Shaw, Apprentice, Firth Rixson Ltd
  • Rosie Wainwright, Apprentice, Firth Rixson Ltd

Tuesday 13 March 2012

At 2.00pm:

  • Professor Nick Petford, Vice Chancellor of Northampton University
  • Len Closs, Principal of Northampton College of Further Education
  • Mike Griffith, Head Teacher of Northampton School for Boys
  • Councillor David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council
  • Councillor Jim Harker, Leader of Northampton County Council

At 3.00pm:

  • Dr Ann Limb OBE DL, Chair of the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Peter Mawson, Chief Executive of West Northamptonshire Development Corporation
  • Mike Conway, Head of Employee Relations, Barclaycard
  • Milan Shah, Chair of the Governing Council for the University of Northampton, and Board Member of the Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership

Tuesday 27 March 2012

At 10.30am:

  • Stephen Uden, Head of Skills, Microsoft UK
  • Ray Wilson, Director & General Manager, Carillion Training Services
  • Justin Owens, HR Manager, Robinson Brothers
  • Alex Khan, Managing Director, Education and Training, Babcock International Group

At 11.30am

  • Norman Pickavance, Group HR Director, Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc
  • Ged Syddall, Founder and CEO, Elmfield Training Ltd

Tuesday 17 April 2012

At 10.30am:

  • Martin Doel, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges
  • Tom Wilson, Director, Unionlearn, TUC

At 11.30am: 

  • Nick Linford, Author and Managing Editor of FE Week

Thursday 26 April 2012

At 10.30am:

  • David Way, Interim Chief Executive, National Apprenticeship Service
  • Geoff Russell, Chief Executive, Skills Funding Agency

Wednesday 16 May 2012

At 9.15am:

  • Paul Coxhead, Chief Executive, Logistics Apprenticeship Training Academy
    Neil Bates, Group Chief Executive, Prospects Learning Foundation

At 9.50 am:

  • John Hayes MP, Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning
  • Gila Sacks, Deputy Director of the Apprenticeships Unit (BIS/DfE)