Martin Dunford OBE honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award

April 2nd, 2019

Skills Training UK is delighted to announce that our chief executive Martin Dunford OBE has been honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 FE Week and Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) Annual Apprenticeship Conference (AAC) Apprenticeship Awards held on 28 March.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was made in recognition of Martin’s crucial role in the development of the further education sector over the last two decades and the award entry judges described him as being “truly a champion of social mobility in that he and his team deliver on it as well as promote it”.

Martin has voluntarily served with distinction as chairman of AELP, steering its growth from an organisation that first represented around a dozen national training providers almost two decades ago to about 900 work-based learning providers today. Martin was awarded an OBE in the 2010 New Year Honours for services to skills training.

Commenting on winning the Lifetime Achievement Award, Martin said: “I am delighted and honoured to have been chosen by my peers to receive this incredible award, which I accept on behalf of such passionate and dedicated individuals and teams both past and present who continue to pave the way in empowering learners, apprentices and employers to achieve more.

“This is a crucial time across our sector, but we have proved time and time again that we can influence policy as well as adapt to changes in policy, so we must continue to focus and deliver on our commitment of providing high-quality apprenticeship and other training services to employers and learners. These serve to upskill employees of all ages and backgrounds, help plug the nation’s skills gap, and identify the leaders of tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, at the same event, 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), trailblazers and specialist NDT training schools to develop new standards for the industry and grow career interest within the sector.

Mark Dawe, Chief Executive of AELP, said: “Providers, employers and apprentices never fail to rise to fresh challenges and the award winners perfectly illustrate why.”

The accolades capped off a remarkable week of outstanding national recognition for Skills Training UK, which was crowned Training Provider of the Year at the 2019 Times Education Supplement (Tes) FE Awards and shortlisted as a national finalist in the Training Partner of the Year category at the 2019 SEMTA Skills Awards.

The second annual FE Week and Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) Annual Apprenticeship Conference and Awards celebrating excellence in Apprenticeship delivery were held at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham on March 28.

Photo caption: Left to right are Mark Dawe (Chief Executive, AELP), Kirsty Wark (television presenter and Chair of the FE Week and AELP AAC Conference and Awards), Martin Dunford OBE, Chief Executive, Skills Training UK (winner, Lifetime Achievement Award) and Shane Mann, Managing Director, FE Week. Credit: FE Week