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Sarah Dakin

Bid Writer & Consultant


Sarah has 12 years’ experience as an External Funding Manager within the education and skills sector and more recently has worked with clients across the private, voluntary and community sectors to support achievement of strategic growth.


Previously ESF Co-financing Manager for the Department of Work and Pensions in the East Midlands Region, Sarah has a solid understanding of European funding streams.


Sarah specialises in researching funding opportunities, bid writing and partnership development.


She has a proven track record in leading and contributing to bid campaigns and managing project delivery within the education and skills sectors. 

Over a ten-year period she successfully secured over £10million of funding from domestic and European sources to deliver capital and revenue projects and initiatives that aided and complemented the strategic priorities of a Further Education College.


She has considerable experience in project management and partnership working and has managed and delivered numerous projects including Erasmus+ youth mobility and the Traineeship Staff Support Programme project.

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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.