Simon Ashworth

Chief Policy Officer for the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)

Simon is currently Chief Policy Officer for the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP). AELP is a national trade association, representing the interest of 950+ organisations delivering vocational learning, sustainable employment and employability support.

Last academic year AELP members delivered three in every four of England’s apprenticeships. Simon represents AELP on the following external groups/panels: Institute for Apprenticeships Stakeholder Reference Panel, Education and Skills Funding Agency Provider Reference Group, Ofqual’s Vocational & Technical Qualifications Reference Group and the Student Loans Company Stakeholder Forum. Simon is also a member of the Greater London Authority’s Outcomes for Londoners Advisory Group.

With a career in Further Education spanning nearly twenty years Simon has worked for a number of training providers across a number of business functions, including quality, curriculum development, supply chain management and direct delivery. Prior to joining AELP in January 2017 Simon worked for Babington Group as Head of New Products and Services, launching Babington Group’s own Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA) and was instrumental in the sale of the business from Bridges Ventures to new owners RJD Partners in April 2016.

Post sale Simon formally joined the Babington Group Executive Team and took on the role of Director of New Products and Services. Simon was leading on the Apprenticeship Reforms, working on a number of different employer trailblazer groups, engaging with and mobilising a number of levy paying employers in readiness for May 2017.

Twitter: @sashworth80