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Education and Training Foundation appoint Jenny Jarvis as new Chief Operating Officer and Neil Bates as Associate Director for Professional and Technical Education

Neil Bates, Associate Director for Professional and Technical Education and Jenny Jarvis, Chief Operating Officer

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has today announced senior appointments to two newly created roles. In October, Jenny Jarvis will be joining the charity as Chief Operating Officer and Neil Bates will be joining as Associate Director for Professional and Technical Education. Both will play a key role in the ETF’s increasingly important drive to improve and champion the quality of the sector’s teaching and training sector. This is to fulfil the mission of transforming Technical Education across the UK. 

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Jenny Jarvis is joining from Rehab JobFit, where she was Managing Director of the third sector-led partnership of the Rehab Group and Interserve which delivers training, support and employability services across the UK. Her strong senior experience will support the delivery of the charity’s operational programmes and organisational development as well supporting its work across Government, business and the Further Education and Training sector.


Neil BatesNeil Bates is one of the UK’s leading figures in the field of Technical Education. He was Principal and Chief Executive of Prospects College of Advanced Technology (PROCAT), which when founded was the first new Further Education College to be incorporated in England since the 1992 Education Act. In 2013, he was honoured for his outstanding achievements through the award of a Fellowship of the City & Guilds London Institute and in 2017 he was awarded the AELP outstanding contribution award. In his role as an Associate Director, Neil will be leading the charity’s work in supporting the development of Technical Education Reforms and T Levels in particular.

David Russell, Chief Executive of the Education and Training Foundation, said: “We have now reached a pivotal and critical stage in the development of the Technical Education sector in this country. Given our central role in ensuring the standards of teaching and training in the sector continue to improve, the ETF also has to ensure it appoints professionals of the highest calibre. This is why I am delighted that both Jenny and Neil have chosen to join the charity bringing with them with their wealth of experience and expertise alongside their clear commitment to the vital journey the sector is on.”

About the Education and Training Foundation: The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) was established in October 2013 and is the Government-backed, sector-owned national support body for the Further Education and Training sector. Its role is to achieving a world-class technical and vocational education system in the UK by supporting teachers, trainers, leaders and employers in delivering excellent further and technical education and training. This includes through setting professional standards, workforce development, supporting sector change and providing data and research. The ETF’s membership body is the Society for Education and Training. 

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