Andrew Hartley, 51, has recently joined the College. His remit is to develop partnerships with organisations for apprenticeship and workforce development provision to match regional employers’ skills needs and support economic growth.
Andrew said: "I am delighted to join the College to develop its work with employers, in preparation for the introduction of the apprenticeship levy and the new apprenticeship standards."
He added: "With the prospect of devolved powers, Sheffield City Region has a tremendous opportunity to become one of the leading areas in the country for workforce skills development and apprenticeships."
Andrew joins the College from System Training, one of the UK’s leading training providers for the logistics industry.
He led the company’s preparation for the introduction of the government’s apprenticeship reforms. Andrew also secured new training partnership agreements with employers and other training providers.
Prior to that, Andrew worked at the University of Derby for 10 years and led their business development activity including the management of the University’s work based learning and business-to-business operating arm.
Paul Corcoran, Chief Executive, The Sheffield College, said: "The Sheffield City Region has great economic growth potential and we want to play our part by helping the region's businesses succeed - which is why I am delighted that Andrew has joined us as our new Business Development Director."
He added: "This is an important appointment and Andrew's experience will help us further develop our already strong employer relationships across the city and the region. Andrew will be leading the development of strategic relationships with the region's employers based on an understanding of their individual business needs for skills development, education and training."
The Sheffield College is the largest provider of work-based courses in the city and surrounding area, and has a £321 million economic impact on the city annually.