Mike Thompson, Government Apprenticeship Delivery Board
Mike Thompson, Member of Government Apprenticeship Delivery Board
Mike is a member of the Government Apprenticeship Delivery Board and also Panel Chair for Financial Services, Legal and Accounting within the Institute for Apprenticeships. He is passionate about developing vocational skills pathways across his sector having led the development of new apprenticeships for three years as Chair of the FS Trailblazer Group.
Mike worked at Barclays for over 28 years in a variety of leadership roles across the business. His past eight years have been in HR where he has built up extensive experience of learning and development, employee engagement, resourcing and early careers.
Mike managed a number of award-winning Early Careers programmes, including the Barclays Apprenticeship programme and Barclays Degree Apprenticeship in Leadership and Management. Through these programmes, he developed access points into Barclays for people of all ages and backgrounds but in particular has worked to support longer-term unemployed young people and over 50s into sustainable work and careers. The Barclays Apprenticeship programme is recognised as one of the UK’s leading programmes having won numerous awards including most recently the BITC Supporting an Ageing Workforce Award 2017.
Mike is passionate about tackling diversity and equality issues as well as providing meaningful solutions that tackle the challenge of social mobility.