About Us

A Brief History...

Arch Apprentices is part of Arch Talent Solutions.  Arch Talent Solutions exists to enable UK employers train their existing workforce, recruit their next generation through Apprenticeship & Graduate Schemes and help them make the most of the new government apprenticeship levy.

 

Arch Apprentices is the Apprenticeship Programme within Arch Talent Solutions.

 

Arch was set up by the Blenheim Chalcot Group and its biggest company Agilisys in 2012 for two reasons:

  1. To secure a new supply of much needed IT and digital talent
  2. To expand it’s ability to deliver to local authorities and other government agencies who want to increase and improve the quality of youth employment

Our first apprentices started in August 2012 and since then over one thousand people have started their careers with us through our apprenticeships.

The Team

The Arch senior management team is highly experienced in delivering apprenticeships and committed long term to the creation of value for people and employers alike through apprenticeships.

Jason Moss
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Jason Moss
Chief Executive

Jason is the Chief Executive of BC Arch, having joined the Blenheim Chalcot Group in May 2013. Jason was the Managing Director of one of the largest and most successful Apprenticeship providers in the UK, Pearson in Practice (Formerly Zenos Ltd). Jason played a fundamental role in managing the rapid growth Zenos experienced, which led to a sale to Melorio PLC, an AIM listed company in 2008. The company was subsequently sold to Pearson in June 2010 and was situated within the Financial Times Group of Pearson PLC. Prior to joining Pearson, Jason worked as a Senior IT Consultant and

Technical Trainer for Witness Systems and was responsible for the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) Region. Jason has over 15 years’ experience within the Training arena, performing a variety of Operational and Management Roles. Jason moved into Training following a successful career in Retail Banking with Lloyds Banking Group. He began as a 16 year old trainee and worked in various roles that culminated in him becoming one of the youngest Retail Branch Manager’s within the group. Jason studied Business, Law and Economics at the University of Central England.

Sam Sawyer
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Sam Sawyer
Chief Operating Officer

Sam has over 15 years’ experience in delivering apprenticeships and work based learning. She is a qualified Assessor, Verifier and External Verifier. Sam has delivered apprenticeships across numerous sectors and, as well as achieving an Ofsted Outstanding grade at Arch, she has been a “nominee” for Ofsted inspections four times.

She has worked at all levels of training organisations, from front line delivery to area manager to chief executive. Sam’s passion is making a difference to young peoples’ lives.

John Pritchard
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John Pritchard
Director of Learning & Development

After serving 23 years in the military John left to establish Smart Computing a training provider working with Cambridge Regional College to deliver the IT Professional qualifications and apprenticeships. During that time he ran national pilots for the introduction of the new User and Technical apprenticeship and was involved in designing new qualifications for the sector.

John has been awarded the City and Guilds gold medal of excellence for apprenticeship delivery and is a life member of City and Guilds for contributions to Education. John worked actively with employers to design the new trailblazer apprenticeship standards for the Tech Partnership ensuring employers, providers and awarding organisations requirements are aligned to government requirements and regulations to enhance the learners experience, qualifications and competencies when beginning their IT careers.

Sandeep Jalaf
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Sandeep Jalaf
Finance Director

Sandeep joined Arch in January 2014. He is a Chartered Accountant with over ten years’ experience working for companies involved in the delivery of government contracts. Sandeep started his career in public practice as an auditor, qualifying with a mid-tier firm and then moving onto KPMG.

He has spent his recent years working in industry in commercially focused roles in the finance teams at Land Securities Trillium and Mears Plc. Sandeep leads the finance function at Arch where he is responsible for financial planning, financial control, board reporting and management information. He studied Economics at Queen Mary University and has a Masters in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics.

Our Board

The Board of Arch has 100 years’ combined experience of successfully managing and delivering work based learning for tens of thousands of students and apprentices.

Charles Mindenhall
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Charles Mindenhall
Chairman

Charles has been the co-founder of multiple businesses, largely technology related, all set up with business partner Manoj Badale, and managed through Blenheim Chalcot. Blenheim Chalcot employs over 3,000 people across 12 different businesses with a combined turnover in excess of £350m.

Charles is also involved in charitable activities.

Charles is a founding trustee of Operation Smile UK, and the Chairman of the Charity Technology Trust (a social enterprise which works with over 14,000 charities providing technology donations and fund-raising tools).

Charles was formerly at Monitor Company and studied Philosophy and Psychology at Oxford University.

Jason Moss
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Jason Moss
Chief Executive

Jason is the Chief Executive of Agilisys Arch, having joined the Blenheim Chalcot Group in May 2013. Jason was the Managing Director of one of the largest and most successful Apprenticeship providers in the UK, Pearson in Practice (Formerly Zenos Ltd). Jason played a fundamental role in managing the rapid growth Zenos experienced, which led to a sale to Melorio PLC, an AIM listed company in 2008. The company was subsequently sold to Pearson in June 2010 and was situated within the Financial Times Group of Pearson PLC. Prior to joining Pearson, Jason worked as a Senior IT Consultant and

Technical Trainer for Witness Systems and was responsible for the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) Region. Jason has over 15 years’ experience within the Training arena, performing a variety of Operational and Management Roles. Jason moved into Training following a successful career in Retail Banking with Lloyds Banking Group. He began as a 16 year old trainee and worked in various roles that culminated in him becoming one of the youngest Retail Branch Manager’s within the group. Jason studied Business, Law and Economics at the University of Central England.

Ben Rowland
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Ben Rowland
Co-Founder

Ben is the co-founder of Agilisys Arch. Ben joined the Blenheim Chalcot Group to set up Arch at the start of 2012.

Ben has over fifteen years’ experience building organisations and initiatives that address social and economic challenges. He began his career helping Government organisations to understand the effectiveness of regeneration and labour market programmes. Ben then co-founded and ran RSe Consulting, a specialist firm helping councils to improve how they work for the benefit of their residents.

RSe worked with over 1/3rd of all English local authorities on improvement and transformation as well as key central Government departments before it was acquired by Tribal Group in 2008. In 2001 Ben set up SAFE, the country’s leading financial inclusion initiative based at Toynbee Hall, where is now the non-executive Chairman. He first got involved with Toynbee Hall through 7 years’ volunteering as an adult leader on camps for teenagers from London’s East End.

Ben studied Classics at the University of Oxford.

Manoj Badale
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Manoj Badale
Non Executive Director

Manoj been the co-founder of multiple businesses, largely technology related, all set up with business partner Charles Mindenhall, and managed through Blenheim Chalcot.

Manoj is also involved in charitable activities. He is chairman of both the British Asian Trust and Operation Smile UK. He was also a founding trustee of the Charity Technology Trust.

Manoj was formerly a partner at Monitor Company, where he spent time in the UK, Germany and India. Manoj studied economics at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University.

Adrian Carey
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Adrian Carey
Non Executive Director

Adrian has almost 30 years of boardroom experience, primarily in the technology, legal and educational service sectors. He was a very successful CEO for three companies over 17 years, having previously been a finance director, venture capitalist and Chartered Accountant.

Adrian has been involved in a number of educational businesses as Chief Executive of The Hotel and Catering Training Company (HCTC), Executive Chairman of AIM listed Melorio plc which successfully acquired four businesses in the Construction, Logistics, ICT, Gas,

Electrical and plumbing sectors. He has also served on the board of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers the trade association for independent providers to the FE sector.

Adrian also is a non-executive director of a number of other public and private businesses and a charity, as well as acting as a consultant and mentor to senior management teams.

Professor Bob Fryer CBE
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Professor Bob Fryer CBE
Board member

Professor R.H. (Bob) Fryer CBE is now retired from full-time paid employment. He is a Board Member and Chief Learning Advisor for Agilisys Arch. He is also currently Chair of the Campaign for Learning UK, a Board member of NIACE, and a Visiting Professor at several British universities. Until March 2010 Bob was also a Director of Investors in People UK and, until June 2010, a Non-Executive Main Board Director of Melorio plc.

Bob was formerly Chief Learning Advisor to the Department of Health and National Director for Widening Participation in Learning. Prior to taking up those posts, Bob was the founding Chief Executive and Vice Chancellor Designate of NHSU. In its first full year of operations in 2004-05, NHSU provided learning opportunities and support to 103,000 NHS staff.

Bob was Assistant Vice Chancellor at the University of Southampton and Director of New College.

Between 1999 and 2001, he was on secondment to Ufi as Executive Director and Board member. Before that, Bob was Principal of the Northern College for Residential Adult Education for 15 years. He was a founder member of the national Learning and Skills Council and chaired the UK government’s National Advisory Group for Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning. He was one of the Commissioners on the NIACE-sponsored Inquiry into the Future of Lifelong Learning.

Bob has published extensively in the fields of trades unionism, industrial relations and adult education. His latest publications include Promises of Freedom: Citizenship, Belonging and Lifelong Learning (2010) and Leadership and Democracy: The History of the national Union of Public Employees (2011, with Stephen Williams).

Bob was awarded a CBE for services to Community Education 1999.

Kay Andrews
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Kay Andrews
Agilisys Executive Director

Kay is on the Board of Agilisys as Executive Director for clients. Prior to this Kay was the CEO of Agilisys for the last 4 years and has more than two decades of global IT and BPO services experience. Her track record of achievement demonstrates her ability to combine sustainable business growth with effective customer delivery, even under challenging market conditions.

Before joining Agilisys in 2008 Kay was at Liberata, where her principal role was as the Executive Director heading the company’s Local Government sector, the primary part

of the company. Prior to that Kay held a number of senior positions in the UK and abroad for Perot Systems.

Kay’s early career in IT was as a Programme Director at East Midlands Electricity. She has a first class degree in Mathematics from the University of Loughborough and a PGCE qualification, gained an MBA from Nottingham Business School, and also attended the Global Executive Leadership Forum at the Wharton School in the US.

Sam Sawyer
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Sam Sawyer
Chief Operating Officer

Sam has over 15 years’ experience in delivering apprenticeships and work based learning. She is a qualified Assessor, Verifier and External Verifier. Sam has delivered apprenticeships across numerous sectors and has been a “nominee” for Ofsted inspections four times

and a part of eight Ofsted inspections overall. She has worked at all levels of training organisations, from front line delivery to area manager to chief executive. Sam’s passion is making a difference to young peoples’ lives.

Working for Arch

Arch is making a difference to the lives of people and to the productivity of UK employers through apprenticeships in IT, Digital Marketing and associated jobs.

As an employer owned training programme that also delivers to other employers, such as Google, Facebook and The Guardian, Arch is a unique organisation to work for.

We are growing and always welcome approaches from dedicated and talented people to join us across all our key functions: training, assessing, employer engagement, apprentice recruitment and corporate functions.

If you would like to join our growing team, please send your CV and a covering letter to caty.scott@archgraduates.co.uk

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