The organisation wants to tackle the 'low regard' in which practical learning is held. 'It is imperative that we do all we can to address the increasing skills gap in our workforce and the lamentable fact that half of all school-leavers end up without even basic qualifications,' said Heslop. He reports to Edge marketing and communications
director Vanessa Miner.
He joins from sector skills organisation the Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance after eight years. Before that he was special adviser to then Conservative education secretary Gillian Shephard.