Nicola Turner MBE

About Nicola Turner MBE

As national lead for skills strategy and policy in the higher education sector, current priorities include higher level apprenticeships, skills shortages and the contribution of graduate skills to UK productivity. For 12 years she worked as a senior manager in HE responsible for employability, social mobility, employer engagement and regional growth. Previously the Director of Employability Strategy at Aston University, she increased sandwich placement take up from 59 per cent to 75 per cent and enabled 4000 graduates to find their first job in regional SMEs through Graduate Advantage, a sector-leading internship scheme. Until recently, Nicola was a Board Director on the University Vocational Awards Council.