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Speakers from the Voice of Apprenticeship Conference: Todd Thibodeux, Crawford Knott and Ian Bamford

FE News catches up with some of the speakers from the Voice of Apprenticeships conference in London, run by Apprenticeships 4 England.

First up is Todd Thibodeux, chief executive of US IT trade association CompTia, who outlines the importance of Apprenticeships.

He explains how they provide apprentices with the foundation for the rest of their working lives, and how he has been so impressed with the scheme in the UK that will be taking the idea back to the US.

Click on the video below to hear what he had to say:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-YZEbyiT0A

Ian Bamford, director of operations and quality at First 4 Skills, highlights why Apprenticeships must remain high on the agenda, particularly with the new funding reforms.

He also explains why First 4 Skills sponsored the conference and the importance of bringing employers and providers together. Click on the link below for more:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSe_ktPMZ3k

Crawford Knott, commercial director at Hawk Training, chats with FE News after his speech at the conference, outlining how it is important for providers to speak about their experiences. 

He also talks about how providers need to share their ideas, particularly around the recent Apprenticeship reforms. Click on the video below to hear what Mr Knott had to say at the conference:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bp_m18MoSAk

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