The Institute for Apprenticeships has appointed Robert Nitsch CBE as its new chief operating officer.

Nitsch is a professional engineer with a background in logistics. He has been the Army’s personnel director for the past three years. He is responsible for the Army’s career education and apprenticeship programme.

He has held a number of training appointments and significant leadership roles in his military career, including membership of the Army Board.

The institute that Nitsch (pictured) is joining as chief operating officer is a crown, non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Education, that works to ensure high-quality apprenticeship standards and advises the government on funding for each standard.

Commenting on his appointment to the management team of the Institute for Apprenticeships, Nitsch said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have been selected to join the Institute for Apprenticeships at such a pivotal time in the evolution of technical education.”

“I look forward to joining the excellent team at the Institute and contributing to the delivery of this great endeavour.”

Sir Gerry Berragan, chief executive of the Institute for Apprenticeships, said: “I’ve worked with Rob in previous roles and know that he will be an excellent fit for the post. He brings a wealth of senior leadership and practical experience of optimising performance to the Institute.

Robert will take up his post at the Institute for Apprenticeships within the next few months.

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