Former Barclays CEO appointed chair of IfA

Following the resignation last week of its chairperson after only 3 months in charge, the Institute of Apprenticeships has announced it has appointed Antony Jenkins as a replacement.

Jenkins brings some blue chip experience to the role: he was chief executive of Barclays plc, and is the current chairman of Business in the Community. After stints in the US and the UK at Citigroup, he returned to Barclays to fill a series of senior management roles in retail and corporate banking. He served as chief executive from 2012 to 2015.


‘Providing great talent for business’

Jenkins replaces Rachel Sandby-Thomas, who left the role after only three months. As his appointment was announced, Jenkins said, “Apprenticeships are something I care passionately about. I am delighted to be taking on this role and working closely with different sectors, which will be important in helping to create opportunities for millions of our citizens and providing great talent for business.”

According to BIS, “As shadow chair, Antony will be an ambassador for the Institute for Apprenticeships and will also play a key role in designing its structure and providing strategic leadership and direction to the organisation during the critical phase of its development. He will work closely with the current team in preparing the organisation to start operations in 2017.”

Skills Minister Nick Boles said, “Antony brings more than 3 decades of experience from the heart of business to the role and will help shape the Institute for Apprenticeships so it meets the needs of employers. We’re putting employers in control when it comes to apprenticeships because it’s employers who know the skills, training and experience their future workforce needs to succeed.”