For the past 10 years Mike has developed multiple award winning Recruitment, Apprenticeship and Diversity programmes in his role as Director for Early Careers at Barclays.
His passion are social mobility ,diversity and mental health and during his time at Barclays he developed an Apprenticeship programme that supported over 3000 long term unemployed people into work across all areas of the Barclays business.
Working with multiple third sector organisations, Mike has developed pathways into work for job seekers from all backgrounds including those with Disabilities and over 50s talent.
His work has earned him a place on the Governments Apprenticeship Delivery Board and his programmes have won 24 National Awards including from CIPD, BITC and Personnel today.
For three years he chaired the financial services trailblazer group developing new Apprenticeship Standards for the financial services sector.
For the past two years Mike was a route panel chair within the Institute for Apprenticeships (IFA) where he has responsibility for chairing the employer panel that approves all new Apprenticeship Standards and T Levels for Legal, Accountancy and Financial Services
He is passionate about wellbeing and mental health and has led research into mental health amongst apprentices and graduates as well as employer attitudes and strategies.
He recently set up his own business called Gen Healthy Minds supporting apprentices and graduates to develop their wellbeing.
The difficult times we face mean that HR professionals working in early careers will have to grapple with many challenges as we come to terms with the new world that we live in. Perhaps the greatest of these challenges will be maintaining the health and wellbeing of apprentices as they themselves have to live with a potentially prolonged period of uncertainty and change. Some will adapt easily and quickly but others will struggle and there will be a risk to their mental health.
#NationalInclusionWeek - Bridging the Employment Gap
At the heart of creating a diverse skilled workforce is having a skills system that supports everybody to thrive and develop no matter what background they come from or which barriers they may face.
Time to reverse the decline
As I talk to clients from across different sectors of our economy about their future skills needs a common theme emerges which is that, to survive and flourish, businesses must reverse the decades long decline in investment in workforce training that we have seen in the UK.
Bridging the skills gap
I was fortunate enough to join David Willett of the Open University (OU) on a radio day recently where we discussed the skills gap that exists in the UK economy and what this means for employers and workers alike.
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