Having led the Ladder campaigns across the West Midlands, Kevin has been at the forefront of the Ladder for Staffordshire since its launch in 2015. A strong voice for promoting the apprenticeship brand, he is the Chief Executive of Walsall-based community development trust the Vine Trust Group.
A social entrepreneur, educationalist and experienced non-executive director, Kevin is a tenacious citizen-leader, who brings together partners across the private, public and third sectors in the region and across the UK.
Robert Halfon MP
Patron of the Ladder for Staffordshire, the Minister of State (Education) is a leading figure on schools, training and apprenticeships in the UK. He is Member of Parliament for Essex constituency Harlow and the villages.
Rob Colbourne OBE
Performance Through People
Founder member of the Ladder Foundation who has played a leading role in the Ladder for Staffordshire as Managing Director of award-winning private training provider PTP, which has its HQ in Walsall.
A well-respected ambassador for apprenticeships across the West Midlands, Rob is a winner of the AAC National Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Development of Apprenticeships and represents Providers on numerous Skills Boards.
Ladder Apprenticeship Manager
Helping businesses to recruit and up-skill their workforce through apprenticeships and training, Gill is the lead facilitator for the Ladder for Staffordshire.
Having played a leading part in the Ladder for Birmingham and Ladder for Black Country campaigns, Gill is a well known figure in the region’s business circles. Adept at aligning candidates with training providers and employers, she is integral to the Ladder’s success.
Staffordshire County Council
The local authority is a key partner in the Ladder campaign, encouraging education and employment opportunities across the county to deliver effective training and upskilling.
Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce
Crowned Chamber of the Year 2021 at the British Chambers of Commerce Chamber Awards, the Chambers of Commerce for the county encourage employers and training providers to engage with the Ladder campaign to upskill local talent.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council
The local authority is a Ladder supporter, promoting the apprenticeship brand to the local community. As a unitary authority, Stoke-on-Trent City Council has the powers and functions of both a non-metropolitan county and district council combined.
Reach is Britain’s largest regional news publisher, along with the parent company for popular national titles such as the Mirror, Express and People. Reach publishes digital and print titles across Staffordshire, engaging with thousands of people every day.
Midland News Association
The MNA is Britain’s largest independent regional news publisher, reaching one million people every week in print and online. The MNA remains a leading trusted source of news and information for Staffordshire, the Black Country and Shropshire.