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John Pritchard

Head of Apprenticeships
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

After serving 23 years in the military, John Pritchard left to establish Smart Computing, a training provider working with Cambridge Regional College to deliver the IT Digital and Professional qualifications and apprenticeships.  During that time he ran national pilots for the introduction of the new User and Technical apprenticeship and was involved in designing new qualifications for the sector.  John was awarded the City & Guilds gold medal of excellence for IT and apprenticeship training across the IT sector, as well as, Retail, Finance, the NHS, MOD and Trade Unions. Furthermore, has since been honoured with lifetime membership to C&G for contributions to educations. Whilst working with the employers to design the new Apprenticeship Standards at the Tech Partnership John was ensuring employers, providers and Awarding Organisations requirements were aligned to the government requirements and regulations to enhance the learners experience, qualifications and competencies whilst beginning their IT careers. As Director of Learning & Development at Arch, he directed the implementation of the new Apprenticeship Standards and designing the curriculum for delivery to the employers.  John now holds the position of Head of Apprenticeships at BCS, working with BCS partners to provide excellence for the Digital IT Apprenticeship Standards. As Head of Apprenticeships, John now leads the team, whilst meeting the employers’ requirements set in the new Apprenticeship Standards and aligning the End Point Assessments to meet all sectors engaging in Digital IT Apprenticeships.  His aim is to bring both employers and providers together to ensure the highest quality provision and support can be offered through BCS, to support the learners in their career development and closing the existing Digital IT skills gaps.