WorldSkills UK, the education and skills charity, has announced that it has appointed Nigel Hollett as its first Director of Corporate Affairs.

In this newly created role, Nigel will spearhead WorldSkills UK’s drive to further increase its profile and alignment with skills policy priorities in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.  This will help ensure that WorldSkills UK’s work in assisting with developing world-class technical education systems inspires more young people across the UK to take up apprenticeships and technical careers, helping businesses become more productive.   

Nigel has held senior leadership positions in the public sector and across the education, skills, training and FE sectors including the role of Chief Executive of SummitSkills – the UK Sector Skills and Standards Setting Organisation for Building Services Engineering, Facilities Management and Property Services.  Nigel also chaired the Green Skills Construction Alliance working with CITB, the construction sector’s training body which manage the WorldSkills UK Competitions in construction.

Dr Neil Bentley, Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK said: “Nigel brings a wealth of experience to WorldSkills UK.  His sector knowledge, both in the public and private sectors, will support us as we work with all governments and key stakeholders across the UK to ensure that we can develop and deliver world-class standard skills for employers, giving them a competitive edge and driving productivity.”  

In his new position, Nigel will take responsibility for building on WorldSkills UK’s existing work with the West Midlands Combined Authority which supports WorldSkills UK LIVE, the UK’s leading experiential, skills and careers event that takes place at the NEC Birmingham.  He will also focus on developing relationships with the other six Mayoral Combined Authorities (MCAs) and the Greater London Authority.     

Nigel Hollett, Director of Corporate Affairs said: “I am delighted to be joining WorldSkills UK at what is an exciting time for the organisation.  From its work internationally, WorldSkills UK has the unique insight and knowledge to enable businesses to drive continuous improvement in their training and I am very much looking forward to working with Neil and the wider team to ensure all English regions and all nations in the UK can benefit.”

The appointment of Nigel Hollett follows the announcement that Rooney Anand, CEO of the national pub retailer and brewer Greene King, will be the new Chair of the WorldSkills UK Board.  Mr Anand begins his new position with WorldSkills UK this month. 

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