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Steve Hearty is the new director of apprenticeships and standards at the Construction Industry Training Board.

The CITB is a partner in the Sector Skills Council for the construction industry across England, Scotland and Wales, working closely with industry to ensure high standards and fully qualified workers.

In the new role – which has been created in anticipation of an expansion in apprenticeship and services work – Mr Hearty will regularly meet with the Department for Education to ensure that both the government and employers have the information they need to create a T-level for construction.

His role will also see him developing construction qualifications and career pathways in Scotland and Wales.

Mr Hearty said: “I’m delighted to start my new role, and I am looking forward to working with the industry and government across the three nations to ensure the delivery of high-quality construction apprenticeships.

“I’ll be focusing on building a strong relationship with the Institute for Apprenticeships and will work collaboratively in developing the new employer-designed standards.”

 Mr Hearty began in the role on July 1.


Angela Foulkes has been appointed principal of the Sheffield College.

Currently the vice-principal for curriculum and support at the Manchester College, she will take up her new post on September 4.

Ms Foulkes has 25 years’ experience in the further education sector, holding senior leadership roles in a range of London colleges and as vice principal at Barnsley College.

Prior to this, she taught English for several years before leading a team focussed on adult education in London.

Ms Foulkes says her priority in the new role is to “strengthen the curriculum offer”.

“I am thrilled to take up this exciting role in a city that I greatly admire and am proud to be part of, and where I already have very strong ties,” she said.

She will take over the role from current principal Heather Smith, who is retiring after 33 years working at the college.

Paul Corcoran, chief executive of the Sheffield College, said: “Angela brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise as we progress with investment in teaching and learning, and strongly position the college to respond to national changes in vocational education, training and skills.”


The UK’s only specialist further education construction college, Leeds College of Building, has appointed Ian Hirst as faculty director of construction crafts.

Mr Hirst previously led the craft, construction and engineering department at Oldham College, before joining Greater Manchester University Technical College as assistant principal for teaching and learning.

In his new role, he will oversee courses including bricklaying, painting and decorating, roof slating and wood occupations, as well as heading up the college’s 14-to-16 skills academy, which offers local schools construction-related programmes and qualifications.

He said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the last 12 years working in construction education and felt the time was right to move to the next level. Leeds College of Building is where I aspired to work, because it’s the recognised leader when it comes to best practice in construction training and education.

“We’re already building on our relationships with local schools across the region by launching a new week-long work experience programme for pupils.”


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