GTA England welcome new chair

The GTA England Board are delighted to announce the appointment of Prof. Lorna Unwin as Chair. Lorna replaces David Sherlock and we are looking forward to benefiting from her leadership.

Lorna Unwin is Professor Emerita (Vocational Education) at the Institute of Education (IOE), University of London, having retired from her post as Chair in Vocational Education at the end of October 2013.

Lorna was born in Manchester and comes from a family with a strong tradition of engineering apprenticeships. After working as a journalist and then as a lecturer in further and adult education, Lorna held academic posts at the Open University and University of Sheffield.

From 2003-2006, she was Director of the Centre for Labour Market Studies at the University of Leicester.

At the IOE, she was instrumental in securing a major grant from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to establish LLAKES, a Research Centre focused on the role of lifelong learning in mediating between economic competitiveness and social cohesion. She is an adviser to the OECD, Cedefop, and the European Training Foundation and was formerly a member of UKCES’s research panel and the Skills Commission.

She has directed many research projects studying the workplace as a learning environment for skill formation and continuous development, apprenticeship, and vocational teaching and learning.

In 1994/95, she co-directed the national evaluation of the first year of the Modern Apprenticeship and has continued to see apprenticeship as a major vehicle for improving skill levels, individual life chances, and economic performance in the UK.

For more information please see the February 2014 Newsletter

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