SIMON MOWAT – OAKRIDGE HEAD OF APPRENTICESHIP SERVICES
Simon was previously the UK Operations Leadership & Development Manager for AstraZeneca (AZ) where he project managed and led the introduction of the AZ North West Apprentice programme across four business areas and during this time, he recruited over eighty apprentices in three years who undertook twelve individual standards/frameworks.
He led on the introduction of the Apprentice Levy to AZ and use of the portal which was integral to the distribution of funds and selection of providers.
Simon worked with external providers to introduce a two-tier manager and leader development programme leading to ILM Levels 3 &5, and was the AZ representative on the Medicines Manufacturing Industry Partnership a Government and pharmaceutical industry partnership.
Additional to his Apprenticeship experience with AZ, Simon has also worked in the retail and financial sectors where he held various leadership development roles. He restructured their Graduate Development programme, including recruitment and assessment centre process which led to an increase in the calibre of recruits and halved recruitment costs, including designing and introducing a Personal Development Planner and Competency Development Guide for 7,500 staff across the UK branch network.