The UK’s new National Skills Academy for Financial Services has appointed its first director.
Sylvia Perrins, currently director of business development and planning at Westminster Kingsway College of Further Education in London, takes up her post in January.
The academy received the go-ahead from the government last month and is one of the first of the UK’s new skills academies to be approved.
“I am thrilled to be leading the National Skills Academy for Financial Services as it will provide a real opportunity to meet the skills shortages that the sector has identified,” Perrins said.
“For employers, it is often a challenge to attract and retain a workforce with the right skills and attitude to contribute to future business success. This agenda is at the heart of the national skills academy and, with employers’ support, we will succeed,” she said.
Employers that have already expressed an interest in working with the academy include Merrill Lynch, Nationwide Building Society, and Norwich Union.