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Mark Rayner

Mark Rayner

Head of Business Development – Apprenticeships


Mark leads the Business Development Team within the Directorate of Education and Employer partnerships.


This involves engaging local, regional and national employers, providing degree apprenticeship solutions that can support their business needs. These range from recruiting talent into the business to the development of skills within the current workforce, leading to enhanced productivity and performance.

Mark also oversees a HEFCE funded project looking at widening participation and social mobility. This is based on engaging and supporting access to degree apprenticeships, particularly for those from disadvantaged and deprived backgrounds, and the opportunities these present. This involves working with schools, college and employer networks along with key partners across the Sheffield City Region.

Prior to this, Mark was Degree Apprenticeship Development Manager at the University, supporting the development of degree apprenticeship provision. This included working with a wide range of partners, such as the local LEP and further education colleges, to help ensure future provision meets projected employer job growth and skills demand within the region, and enabling the development of progression pathways for apprenticeships from levels 2–7 within key sectors.

Mark was previously a Senior Manager at the UK Commission for Employment and Skills managing the UK National Occupational Standards programme and a portfolio of Employer Leadership Pilot projects. Prior to that Mark has worked in both public and private training organisations, including the Sector Skills Development Agency, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, Community Training Services, and Sheffield Training and Enterprise Council.

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