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Jo McDonald

Lead Consultant


Jo has over 20 years’ experience working in the training and education sector and understands the challenges faced when striving to deliver outstanding results.

Jo has also worked with a range of employers and has supported them to gain accreditation and funding for their in-house training programs.


Jo's specialisms are learner and employment engagement, accessing funding, strategy and business planning, business diversification, senior management coaching, developing a supply chain, process reviews, recruitment and selection of new employees.

Latest news & knowledge

Quality of apprenticeships and skills training inquiry launched

The Education Committee launches inquiry into the quality of apprenticeships and skills training.

Purpose of the inquiry

While many independent training providers and further education colleges are providing excellent training, too much provision is poor. For example, Ofsted last year reported that 37% of apprenticeship providers were less than good.

The inquiry examines whether employers, learners and tax payers are getting sufficient value for the time and money invested in training, and whether more needs to be done to detect poor-quality provision.

The inquiry  also looks to uncover barriers faced by the socially disadvantaged in accessing skills training and consider how Government funding can be used to remove these barriers.