The new chief executive of the Institute for Apprenticeships is military man Sir Gerry Berragan, who was previously unveiled as a board member.
He was a career soldier for 37 years, finishing as adjutant general, responsible for all army personnel matters, serving between August 2012 and August 2015.
Sir Gerry had been appointed the army’s apprentices ambassador in 2008, to lead the effort to make the army the largest apprenticeships provider in the country, offering more than 45 schemes.
He was unveiled as one of the IfA’s board members in January, when it was also revealed that former Barclays chief executive Anthony Jenkins had been appointed as shadow chair.
Anne Milton, the skills and apprenticeships minister, said she was “delighted that Sir Gerry has been appointed”.
“He will drive the Institute to meet the challenges ahead, and I look forward to working closely with him. Having met Sir Gerry, I know that he will make sure that high-quality apprenticeships, available for everyone, will be at the heart of the Institute’s work,” she said.
“I am honoured to have been appointed as chief executive of the Institute for Apprenticeships,” said Sir Gerry, who will start in his new role on November 27. “I was closely involved in delivering high-quality apprenticeships during my army career and I have been an Institute board member from the outset earlier this year, so I understand the challenge.
“I look forward to working with employers to deliver high-quality apprenticeships to meet their needs, while providing excellent opportunities for people and employers across the country.”