David Willet

HEI Partner Advisor

David has over 25 years of experience in apprenticeships and technical education, which started with him undertaking an engineering apprenticeship. As his career progressed David has held a number of senior positions with responsibilities ranging from designing and implementing apprenticeship programmes for employers to ensuring revenue growth through robust business planning and through building networks with employers, industry leaders and policy makers. Currently, he is responsible for the development and implementation of the apprenticeships strategy at the Open University, the UK’s largest university.

David joined The Open University Business Development Unit (BDU) as the Head of Propositions in June 2016.

Joining The Open University from his position as the Director of Education and Talent at Global Knowledge (leaders in IT, best practice and business skills training) where he began in 2014, David co-founded the PDS apprenticeship business in 2005. Under David’s stewardship, both PDS and Global Knowledge partnered with the OU to deliver apprenticeship programmes to several blue-chip companies.

Previously, David has worked in both private and public sectors, including the NHS, Marks and Spencer and Orange. He is a product of work-based learning himself, having completed an Electrical Engineering Apprenticeship, before moving into learning and development.

David holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Salford.