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Anthony Knowles

Anthony Knowles

Head of National Accounts - North,
Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)

Having worked on Apprenticeships for over twenty years Anthony is passionate about the positive economic and social transformation that they deliver. His role is leading a team focussed on providing a dedicated account management service to the largest employers in the North of England. Success is defined by helping businesses build high quality programmes that maximise benefits and return on investment. Anthony works as part of a senior management team with responsibility for the continuous development and delivery of a highly regarded, customer focussed National Apprenticeship Service.  

  • Assessing the progress in driving new uptake in apprenticeships at the higher and degree levels
  • Looking towards the operation of the apprenticeship levy post-2020 and the role of the forthcoming spending review
  • Exploring the work of the ESFA in supporting SME employers and non-levy payers into apprenticeship delivery and ensuring return on investment
  • Outlining the progress of the consultation into improving higher technical education
  • Analysing the role of higher apprenticeships in widening participation and enhancing social mobility within higher education