Sue Blake

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Sue has worked in the education, learning and skills sector for over 30 years. Prior to becoming a freelance consultant and project manager, Sue worked in various management roles at local and national level for the Learning and Skills Council and was also the West Midlands Regional Development Manager working on strategic quality improvement at Learning & Skills Improvement Service.

In 2013, working with the Association of Colleges, Sue established a Quality, Improvement & Innovation network in the West Midlands working with leadership teams, to support quality improvement, sharing of effective practice and facilitate peer-to-peer networking & development.

Sue is a qualified and experienced project manager with substantial experience in quality improvement and partnership working. As a trained coach and mentor Sue has worked with several individuals and organisations going through organisational change and transition.

Sue is an approved consultant and deliverer for the Learning and Work Institute, Association of Colleges (AoC), the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) and was also previously a Relationship Manager for the Our Place programme.

Previous projects include: Teach Too, Growing Apprenticeships: Building the capacity to deliver, Growing Traineeships and Traineeship Progression, Improving the teaching of English and maths to students aged 16-19. Network facilitation working with colleges and providers interested using skills competitions to improve student retention and develop teach and learning approaches.

Sue is a Senior Facilitator on the ETF Future Apprenticeships programme working with providers and partners to implement the new apprenticeship standards, delivering one to one support to large providers, organising and delivering cross-provider workshops, understanding the implication of the Apprenticeship Levy and end-point assessment.