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Dan Howard

Operations Director of Learning for Work - NCFE

Dan has worked in the employability and skills sector for over 12 years. Passionate about the life-changing power of education, Dan actively collaborates with key influencers in the skills and employability industry to ensure NCFE offers the best curriculum, products and services to promote and advance learning for all.

As Operations Director for Learning for Work at educational charity NCFE, Dan manages the delivery of the learning for work product portfolio, which supports individuals to progress and excel in their careers, as well as providing employers with a highly skilled and productive workforce.

Prior to its integration into NCFE in 2021, Dan was also Managing Director at Skills Forward. He led the repositioning of Skills Forward in the sector, shaping and growing the business to become an award winning market leader in educational assessment, and skills resources.

After graduating with a degree in business management and employment law, Dan went on to work within Welfare to Work, supporting long-term unemployed individuals back into work in some of the most socially deprived areas of the UK. He has since worked across the employability and skills sector, holding senior positions in FE colleges and independent training providers, implementing and successfully managing complex government-funded contracts. This has included navigation of Skills Reform and national roll-out of the Apprenticeship Levy.

Dan is a member of the Institute of Directors and has recently been awarded a fellowship of both the Institute of Employability Professionals, and Chartered Management Institute. He is currently a judge for the BAME Apprenticeship Awards and a Patron of the BAME Apprenticeship Alliance, and has sat on several LEP committees driving skills, inclusion, and social mobility. Dan is also chair of governors for a school in East Yorkshire, which was the primary school where his own education began.

Dan has a reputation for customer focus, delivering excellent quality, and driving high levels of performance. This professional reputation is reflected in his personal commitment to lifelong learning, and he has just completed his Level 7 in Strategic Leadership.

In addition, Dan is a champion of equality and diversity, and is Chair of NCFE’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee.