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Mark Dawe

Mark Dawe

Chief Executive,
Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)

Mark was appointed as the Chief Executive of AELP over 3 years ago. He is on the Board of WorldSkills UK as well as a range of government boards such as the ESFA Advisory Board, IfA Quality Alliance and the DfE’s Apprenticeship Stakeholder Board. Most recently, Mark Dawe was the Chief Executive of OCR, the exam board, for 5 years. He has been a governor of primary schools, secondary and a further education college. Mark has a wealth of experience across a broad spectrum in the education field. Prior to his role at OCR, Mark was Principal of Oaklands FE College (and AELP Board Director) having been Deputy Director, FE Strategy at the Department of Education and Skills and before that as Deputy Director, Adult Basic Skills Strategy Unit after joining the department in 2003. Having read Economics at Cambridge University before qualifying as a chartered accountant at KPMG, Mark joined Canterbury College, becoming Head of Corporate Services in 1994. In 2000, he helped set up eGS, an e-procurement provider to the public sector. He gets his grit and resilience from supporting Plymouth Argyle and Boreham Wood, cycling and four school and university aged children.

  • Assessing the challenges to the existing apprenticeship funding model with funding running out for non-levy playing employers
  • Analysing how the scope and flexibility of the levy could be expanded to support a ladder of progression with greater support for level 2 and level 3 schemes
  • Supporting learning providers to improve uptakes and attract young people from 16 to enter apprenticeship programmes
  • Discussing how higher and degree apprenticeships can be provided in line with the recommendations of the Post 18 Education and Funding Review