Mark Dawe, chief executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, said:
“Debbie Gardiner is a strong and very constructive presence on the board of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers. Her passion to make a difference for the lives of young people is very apparent. Not only does this get expressed through her desire to see apprenticeships grow but she really wants traineeships to succeed for those in our society that need the most support. Debbie’s advice on quality improvement issues is also invaluable. AELP is therefore delighted that she has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours.
"It is fantastic to see leaders from the independent provider sector gain recognition for the passion and commitment that they show in driving forward the skills and social mobility agendas. They share a determination in ensuring that the young people on their apprenticeship and other training programmes are getting the best possible support and AELP is absolutely delighted that they are being rewarded for it.”