The Learning and Skills Council, responsible for all post-16 education other
than the university sector, has appointed Rob Wye as interim director of
learning programmes.

Wye joins the national team based at Coventry from the Northampton office,
where he has been executive director for the past two years.

The LSC, which has an annual budget of £7.3bn and 47 local offices, deals
with planning and funding Further Education colleges; work-based learning for
young people; workforce development; adult and community learning; information
and advice for adults and building links between education and business.

Wye’s brief is to develop the LSC’s strategic role with the aim of meeting
the targets set out in the latest corporate plan.

He will be responsible for expanding key areas including adult learning,
funding and development, skills development and young people’s programmes.

"I’m enjoying working with the other directors, council members and
learning programmes team to fulfil this extensive remit," he says.

"The learning programmes team has a massive role to play and I am
thrilled to be heading one of the council’s key directorates. I am well aware
that there are some tough targets to be met and we will play a large part in
achieving these."

Wye is a graduate from Cambridge University and has worked in a range of
high-level jobs, including the Employment Minister’s private office.


2002 Interim director of learning programmes, LSC
2000 Executive director, Northampton LSC
1997 Finance directorate, DfEE
1981 Divisional Manager Manpower Services Commission

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