About Us

ALPS Partnership Ltd (ALPS) represents a community of training providers that specialise in apprenticeships and work-based learning in Surrey. We currently have more than 30 members including Independent Training Providers, Further Education Colleges, Higher Education Institutions, Employers, Awarding Bodies and other organisations with strategic involvement and influence in the sector.

ALPS Information

We host regular networking meetings for our members and opportunities to meet and discuss latest developments with the Skills Funding Agency and other potential funders, Local Enterprise Partnerships, Local Authorities and important national bodies.  We also provide the opportunity for service providers to the sector to meet with our members to showcase their products and solutions.

ALPS works closely with neighbouring networks, whilst the interests of our members and Surrey in general are represented by ALPS on several boards and forums including the Surrey Employment and Skills Board and the association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) at both national and regional levels.

ALPS coordinates several events across the county including employer fairs and, in its fifth year, the prestigious Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony at Guildford Cathedral, which sees Surrey’s Apprentice Graduates celebrating their success with family, training providers and employers in full cap and gown regalia in a wonderful location.

In addition ALPS is at the forefront of raising awareness of Apprenticeships through work with schools and sixth-form colleges; attending Careers events, speaking at assemblies and running workshops. In November 2019 we were presented with an award by The Careers & Enterprise Company recognising our work in this area.

For more information about how ALPS membership can benefit your business, please visit our membership page or contact us.


ALPS Benefits
As a member of ALPS you benefit from:
  • Regular opportunities to network with other providers – share good practice and challenges with other Training Providers and develop working relationships with ITPs and Colleges – all four Surrey GFE Colleges are ALPS members
  • Representation through ALPS on the Employment & Skills Board for Surrey, Apprentice Ambassador Network, Association of Employment & Learning Providers (our Chair, John Osborne is on the AELPS National Board and Sue Taylor, our Network Manager, is AELP’s Regional Chair)
  • Input to Local Enterprise Partnerships through ALPS involvement with both Enterprise M3 and Coast to Capital LEPs
  • Raising awareness of Apprenticeships amongst school/college leavers through the successful ASK Project.  Members information can also be shared (please note ALPS provides impartial advice by promoting all members equally at events).
  • Strong, collaborative links with Surrey Chamber of Commerce and Federation of Small Businesses
  • Immediate sharing of funding and delivery opportunities, policy updates etc via the ALPS website Members’ area
  • Opportunities to develop new employer links at Employment Events (eg during Apprenticeship week)


Chair of ALPS Surrey

John has been involved with training in many different roles for 25 years. He started as an Engineering Apprentice himself, his contribution to Education & Training comes from a grounded experience, which has been further enhanced by holding a Directorship for Business & Partnership development at MIT Skills.

His guidance and expertise grew in developing a training programme and academy for Network Rail. John also initiated the BAE training centre in Portsmouth. His diverse skills were utilised in setting up the National Skills Academy from Manufacturing to collaborative work with SKY/MACE and Hounslow Council in aiding jobless back into work.

John is currently the chair of ALPS Surrey having previously served on its board to actively assist the members in all areas of its membership. John is always questioning the role of the local network and the benefits that the members achieve ensuring that they are offered value for participating in the local network.

You never judge a book by its cover, and John is no exception, his various interests including collecting miniature buses to owning and riding a collector’s item Ducati. John is borne out by his openness to new ideas, but with a diligence to dig further where necessary and to get projects moving forward towards their completion



Fiona Stilwell, Managing Director of Activate Apprenticeships & Business School has over 19 years specialising in the Apprenticeship Sector. Activate Apprenticeships delivers apprenticeships, training and consulting to clients across the UK, with a range of specialisms including engineering and leadership. Being passionate about Apprenticeships Fiona is also a non-executive director of DiVA Apprenticeships and on the board for ALPS (Apprenticeship provider network).

Sharing experience is important to Fiona in continuing to deliver social mobility and productivity for employers in an uncertain market. She demonstrates this through her active involvement in influencing the AoC policy consultations, most recently Provider Earnings Limit and sharing experiences as a lead provider with employers trailblazer groups to develop specialist and higher level engineering Standards.



Sue has worked for ALPS since 2003, she joined as a freelancer, running the networks ESF programmes which in total were valued at £4 million. Sue continued to run these until their successful completion and alongside these ALPS ran the Train to Gain contract. Both contracts were Ousted inspected at Grade 2.

Previously to ALPS Sue worked as a Director for Kingsley Training, Grade 2 provider in Care.

Sue’s main role is building the membership’s organisations ensuring there is a wide selection of providers in the group.

Sue represents the network ensuring that ALPS is always thought upon as the Go-To place for apprenticeships/traineeships in Surrey.

  • The Employment and Skills Board for Surrey
  • AELP, Sue is the regional Chair in the South
  • Meetings with both Coast to Capital and Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnerships
  • The ASK project (Apprenticeships Support and Knowledge in Schools)
  • National Apprenticeship Service National awards
  • ESF work within the LEP’s
  • Surrey Chamber of Commerce links with employers
  • Federation of Small Business links with employers



Membership Callout

We currently have more than 40 members including Independent Training Providers, Further Education Colleges, Higher Education Institutions …


We are contracted by the Government to provide impartial information about Apprenticesat schools Careers Fairs, Assemblies, Workshops …


Thinking of taking on an Apprentice? We can meet with you to discuss your needs, the requirements of the scheme and how to move forward…


If you want to become an Apprentice, feel free to use this site to research opportunities within Surrey.  Contact us if you are unsure about anything…