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Lucy Sydney

Director of Strategic Relationships, Vocational and Technical Qualifications
Ofqual (confirmed)

Lucy Sydney took up her post as Director of Strategic Relationships for Vocational and Technical Qualifications at Ofqual in May 2017.  Her team is responsible for engaging and influencing key stakeholders across the VTQ landscape, promoting awareness and understanding of Ofqual's work, and feeding in views from those who use and depend on qualifications.  Primary interlocutors include 150+ Awarding Organisations; employers' organisations; schools, colleges and their representative bodies; the Department for Education and members of its departmental family; and other parts of UK and devolved Government.  Over the last 20 years she has served in a range of stakeholder engagement, policy and operational delivery roles at the heart of government, in and around Cabinet Office/HM Treasury and their arms' length bodies.

  • Encouraging on-going and meaningful dialogue around skills policy between enterprise, education providers and government
  • Understanding the impact of traineeships, adult re- and upskilling, new technology and the delivery of T-levels on employers
  • Reducing government bureaucracy and ensuring that there is enough flexibility in the skills and employment system
  • Reviewing the impact of apprenticeships on micro businesses and SMES’s and best practice for balancing the off the job training requirement for apprentices