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Ross Varnam, apprentice and silver medallist, WorldSkills

Like most youngsters, Ross Varnam was unsure about what to do after his GCSEs. Aged 16 and with 11…

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David Way, chief operating officer, National Apprenticeship Service

At 22, David Way found himself at a crossroads. Having recently completed a Masters degree, he had two job…

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Helena Kennedy QC, Labour peer and barrister

“This is no misery memoir,” says the Labour peer and barrister Helena Kennedy of her upbringing in the south…

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Tom Wilson, director, Unionlearn

Raised in rural Shropshire, in a family that was “very middle of the road” politically, Tom Wilson was an…

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Simon Bartley, president, WorldSkills International

Simon Bartley’s school memories could have come straight out of an Enid Blyton novel. Educated from the age of…

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David Hughes, CEO, NIACE

David Hughes said he never had any “grand career plans.” In fact, the chief executive of NIACE, who has…

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David Travis, head of learner support, Lewisham College

At 25, David Travis is certainly one of the youngest college senior managers in the country – not bad…

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Toni Pearce, vice president for FE, NUS

The last time I interviewed Toni Pearce, she was visibly nervous. As the incoming NUS vice president (FE), it…

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Daniel Khan, CEO, the Open College Network London Region

Daniel Khan had his first lessons in entrepreneurship from his father, who ran a corner shop in Trinidad. Helping…

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Peter Lauener, CEO, Young People’s Learning Agency

Numbers have always been Peter Lauener’s thing. His first job, at the age of 13, was checking calculations on…

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Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow

“I always think the best test of a person is not when they’re winning; it’s how they recover from…

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Geoff Russell, CEO, Skills Funding Agency

One crisp Monday morning, back in 2009, Geoff Russell found himself sitting in the government’s Department of Innovation, Universities…

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