Skills Advisory Panel

Skills Advisory Panel

Our vision is to focus and engage the industry by carefully selecting and prioritising the skills needed in the immediate, short and long term.
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Our mission

To consult with training providers, employers and industry associations to gain a better understanding of the skills gaps.

To engage education partners and industry leaders in technology to accelerate digital skills, specific to improving efficiency and productivity.

To constructively challenge the CITB on their role in future skills to ensure our members are fully supported and getting the full benefit from their levy.

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Meet the Chair, Mike Blakely

Mike Blakely

For the past nine years, Mike has led Exeter College’s Apprenticeship and Employer Engagement directorate, focusing on Future Skills and addressing future skills needs. In November 2022, he was excited to lead the apprenticeship team when the college maintained its Outstanding Ofsted status. Under his leadership, the number of apprenticeships has more than doubled, with over 1800 apprentices at any given time and a business network of over 1010 businesses. Exeter College has been the top-rated further education college in the South-West for employer satisfaction for two years.

Mike’s influence extends beyond the South-West, as he supports the entire GWR network from Penzance to Paddington. He serves as Vice Chair of GCAP, advocating for green construction education and chairs the Devon and Cornwall Training Provider Network. Mike also leads efforts to address future skills challenges in collaboration with employer and industry partners. Additionally, he chaired a successful charity effort, raising over £150,000, and has been a dedicated father to triplets for the past 15 years.

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