Jonathan is International Director at Proskills Global Limited. Formerly, he was Chief Executive Officer of the Proskills UK Group (a Sector Skills Council, UK registered Charity, National Skills Academy, UK Awarding Organisation). His skills project work with Proskills UK was twice winner of the British Council’s prestigious International Skills Partnership of the Year award 2014 and 2015 for outstanding achievements in vocational education in Egypt and Vietnam.
Jonathan has extensive and an accomplished experience demonstrated globally over 25 years in a broad range of business sectors particularly, in education and vocational skills, process, manufacturing and construction supply chain industries to bring about systemic change using vocational training, technical education and competence assessment.
Jonathan’s international scope of activity includes everything from initial Labour Market Intelligence, national, regional and local skills policy and dialogue development, through qualifications, apprenticeship and standards development, through to certification and ongoing professional development. He specialises in supporting partners to set up qualifications, apprenticeship and training systems and sector skills organisations. Jonathan’s commercial focus helps ensure that all projects and resulting outputs are commercially sustainable. He operates within the UK and across the globe in Europe and wider Europe, Middle East and North Africa, the Americas, and Asia.
A post-graduate in Management and also Learning and Development Provision, Jonathan achieved educational excellence through the vocational technical training and assessment route. Jonathan has been granted the Freeman of the City of London; is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers; is a member of the Institute of Directors, Institute of Quarrying, and Chartered Management Institute.
Ian has over 10 years’ experience at senior board level as Manufacturing Director for an International building materials manufacturer specialising in Aerated and Precast Concrete products. Distinguished by his unrelenting focus on quality and efficiency Ian combined this with a genuine concern and commitment for all who worked for him. With over 35 years’ experience in Manufacturing, Distribution, Health and Safety, Project Management and negotiations with Unions and Suppliers at all levels, Ian is an enthusiastic communicator and strategic thinker with both financial and analytical skills.
Since retiring Ian has used his experience to mentor business graduates from Wolverhampton University as part of a programme with the Institute …
… of Directors and carried out several projects in Vietnam with Proskills Global looking at improvements in AAC for both individual companies and a UN project to reduce GHG emissions by improving the uptake of AAC.
Andy first moved into training roles because of his concern for the quality of the content and delivery of training for the people he worked with. People are at the centre of his focus when it comes to training, competence and ongoing learning. With Proskills Global he has helped to put the systems in place to help to monitor and improve the quality of the delivery and content of the training so that the Delegates, Trainers and Clients can all be sure of the most effective, up to date and practical training experience Andy says “At the end of the day, enthusing and involving people by showing them how their contributions can help drive and improve their workplace and surroundings, can lead to a positive outcome for everyone.”
Andy is an experienced strategic consultant and trainer who has carried out extensive projects in careers programmes, apprenticeships, industrial labour market research, vocational skills training and employer-led people development across a wide range of industries. He is also a qualified Assessor, Auditor, IQA and EQA with over 20 years of experience in assessment, quality assurance, careers guidance, skills training and development in industrial settings.
Debbie Watts has been working globally within the skills development sector for 20 years as a senior project manager and expert researcher. She has developed an in-depth knowledge of skills development processes, sectoral approaches, as well as a strong track record of successful delivery in project management, employer engagement, research and evaluation.
Most recently Debbie has been working with the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Vietnam’s Ministry of Labour and the Vietnamese Textile and Garment industry to establish a vocational training model, using British expertise, to support the industry in developing a better trained workforce, improving productivity and business competitiveness.
Debbie has a particular flare for communicating with and getting the best from a variety of stakeholders through the consultation process, building trusting strategic relationships to get the most positive and relevant outcomes.
Hettie is a creative specialist with over four year’s experience in design, communications and marketing, and is now working for Proskills Global providing professional services for graphic design, brand development, creative assistance and website development.
Hettie started her career in 2013 as an apprentice; working closely with senior designers, website developers and digital marketers where she gained a wide range of experience working for clients, delivering on-and-offline creative solutions.
Following her apprenticeship, Hettie joined Proskills UK Group, marketing and communicating its charitable work; encouraging and supporting young people to take up apprenticeships themselves …
… in the UK’s design, process and manufacturing industries. This role incorporated a variety of responsibilities from managing and maintaining all key marketing channels to organising awards ceremonies for schools.
Hettie later went on to work in Zurich, Switzerland as Graphic Design Specialist for and intellectual property management company, where her blend of expertise helped her to assist in an exciting period of commercialisation.