The CEO of Derwent Training has been selected to chair a specialist engineering & manufacturing organisation

Claire Gavaghan will now lead the EAL Advisory Group, part of the Enginuity Group, which consists of providers and employers from across the nations of the UK, including BAE Systems, Jaguar Land Rover and Toyota. EAL is the specialist skills partner and awarding organisation for industry.

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Claire said: “It’s a real honour to receive this recognition and be selected to help drive forward the excellent work that the Advisory Group does. Made up of highly regarded individuals from all areas of the industry, we are committed to ensuring the continued delivery of outstanding training in engineering and manufacturing.”

The purpose of the group is to bring together a unique cohort of individuals whose shared knowledge, experience, and insight represents the education, skills and industry landscape it serves. It will help to shape EAL’s future strategy ensuring that any products and services have a clear line of sight to providing engineering skills to affect positive change and that EAL continues to be industry’s partner of choice delivering high quality, progressive skills, qualifications and assessment services across the four nations of the UK and where appropriate, overseas.

Claire has worked in post-16 education for over 30 years and has vast experience of working with and for awarding organisations. Her involvement with Apprenticeships began in 2010 at a large Further Education College in Essex where she led on the engineering, construction and automotive curriculum.

Derwent Training Association, based in Malton, was founded 35 years ago, and is rated ‘good’ by OFSTED.

The company provides training to apprentices, employers and individuals to build skills and improve employability across Yorkshire and the North East from its training centre, where it can offer face-to-face delivery such as level three and level four apprenticeships, as well as online delivery to upskill employees through bespoke training and CPD courses.