David Way has been appointed as the interim chief executive of the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), replacing Simon Waugh immediately.

Mr Way, who up until now has been the chief operating officer at NAS, said he was “delighted” to be offered the position.

“Every month I meet many employers and Apprentices who truly believe in the value and quality of Apprenticeships,” Mr Way said.

“My role in leading the NAS is to support them and ensure their experiences are as good as they can possibly be.

“Like Simon before me, I am passionate about Apprenticeships.

“I look forward to carrying that passion and commitment into our future work.”

Simon Waugh, who has been chief executive of the NAS since its formation in February 2009, announced in January he would be leaving the post due to personal reasons.

Skills Minister John Hayes said: “I am pleased that David Way will be taking up this post during an important time for the Government’s apprenticeship programme.

“He will be an enthusiastic and industrious chief executive as we look to increase the quality and quantity of apprenticeships.”

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