Martin Dunford - Chair of AELP

Date published: 20.06.2019

Martin is the Chairman of AELP and CEO of Skills Training UK. His company Skills Training UK is a national provider of bespoke Apprenticeship and Traineeship programmes, with a particular focus on individual and business improvement and has direct contracts with the Education and Skills Funding Agency for Apprenticeships, Traineeships, the Study Programme and ESF delivery.

Skills Training UK won the Outstanding Contribution to the Development of Apprenticeships (Provider) Award for its work with the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) and introduction of new NDT apprenticeship standards. Skills Training UK was also awarded the Training Provider of the Year at the 2019 Times Education Supplement (Tes) FE Awards, as well as being shortlisted as a national finalist in the Training Partner of the Year category at the 2019 SEMTA Skills Awards.

After University, Martin began his career in international (Europe, Japan, USA) sales, marketing, product and business development of high value, scientific and medical instrumentation; a demanding, advanced engineering market where competitive advantage is achieved via rapid continuous improvement. Whilst working in this market Martin qualified with an MBA. Business improvement, which demonstrates a real return on investment, is at the core of Skills Training UK’s approach to Apprenticeship delivery and work force development.

Martin is one of the original creators of AELP and has been elected as its Chairman for each of the last fifteen years. Starting with just a handful, AELP now has over 880 members. Martin works closely with AELP’s Chief Executive, Mark Dawe, particularly on policy developments and issues, affecting members, their learners and employer customers.

Other appointments held include, the advisory boards of the “End to End Review of Modern Apprenticeships”, and the “Foster Review of FE”, board membership of the Learning and Skills Development Agency (LSDA) and Quality Improvement Agency (QIA) where he was Chair of the Finance Committee. He was also a long standing member of both the Further Education & Skills Ministerial Advisory Panel and the Apprenticeship Ambassador’s Network.

Martin was awarded an OBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours list for services to skills training.

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