New role for LEP skills champion Dayle

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An award-winning businesswoman and member of the LEP’s Skills Advisory Panel is one of two new board appointments made by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

Dayle Bayliss has more than 20 years of experience in the construction sector as a surveyor, lecturer, project manager and director, and runs her own consultancy business Dayle Bayliss Associates Ltd in Ipswich.

She joins John Cope, director of strategy, policy and public affairs at the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), in becoming a non-executive board member for three years, starting from next month.

Dayle is a former member of the Institute’s construction route panel, which oversees approvals of new apprenticeships, and was chair of our construction: design, surveying and planning T Level development panel. As well as being on the board of our Skills Advisory Panel, Dayle is also a board member of Suffolk Business Women, run by the Chamber of Commerce.

Speaking about joining the Institute board, Dayle said: “I am delighted to have been given this opportunity to do a lot of really positive and exciting work with developing a first-class technical education system for this country.

“I have been involved with the skills landscape for many years and after working extensively with the Institute already on the development of apprenticeships and T Levels, this feels like a natural progression.

“I’m very proud of the Institute and have seen how we are fantastic at listening to employers and taking on board their insights to help shape training programmes in a way that works for everyone. I fully intend to ensure that this continues and that we keep on improving how we serve everyone involved with skills training for years to come.”

John is a former head of education and skills policy at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), and deputy director of education practice at the thinktank and polling company Public First. He assumed his current role as director of strategy, policy and public affairs at the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) in September this year.

He is also a non-executive director of the Activate Learning Group and an advisory member of the board of the Education Policy Institute.

Antony Jenkins, chair of the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, said: “I am delighted to welcome both Dayle and John to the Institute’s board and very much look forward to working with them.

“They will play an important role in the Institute’s future and will certainly help to strengthen our work with employers, improving and deliverin opportunities right across the skills landscape.”

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