Rob Nitsch became the Institute for Apprenticeships first Chief Operating Officer in June 2018. The Institute’s mission is to improve access to high-quality apprenticeships and technical education, in order to transform the skills landscape. Reporting to the Chief Executive, Rob is accountable for the outputs of the Institute’s Operating Teams, including the development and assessment of apprenticeship standards, funding recommendations and on-boarding the Institute’s responsibilities for Technical Education.
Rob trained as a professional engineer in the Army. During his military career, he also held operational and strategy appointments in training & education, logistics, corporate affairs and HR. Prior to joining the Institute he was the Army’s Personnel Director and a member of the Army Board. His responsibilities encompassed career education, individual development and the Army’s extensive apprenticeship programme. Rob has achieved Fellowship of the CIPD and the IMechE, and Companionship of the CMI.