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Amanda Francis

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Amanda has some 25 years of experience of developing and managing work-based learning, employability, skills and business support programmes thorough her work in the public, private and third sectors within the UK and across London. 

As the Chief Executive, Amanda leads the staff team at Rinova and acts as the lead contact point for the partners that we work with through the Rinova Consortium. She is presently leading our work developing and implementing apprenticeships, NEET programmes, SFA, ESF and related skills and employability provision. 

Amanda spent her early career as a VAT Inspector and as a Compliance Manager at the London Stock Exchange. She then managed an ITeC project before setting up the successful Financial Services Sector Training (FSST) company in Islington, which she ran for 19 years.

She has secured funding for more than 80 ESF programmes and partnered a further 45 programmes in a rang of training and development contexts, including Leonardo, Socrates, Interreg, the Learning and Skills Improvement Service, Future Jobs Fund, the LDA/GLA and Skills Funding Agency (and its predecessors). She is a qualified NVQ Assessor and Verifer, and piloted the first ICT National Vocational Qualifications, ECDL and ITQs as well as the Care Standards Assessors qualification.

As well as her work at Rinova supporting young people in the labour market, Amanda has implemented employability and skills training for women returners, ex-offenders, the long term unemployed and lone parents.  She has also delivered a range of programmes in business support, ICT training, web site design and e-working, having managed programmes which supported over 2500 SMEs, over 2000 unemployed adults and a further 3000 employees in workforce development.