Tony Gee director Chris Burton to head up Technician Apprenticeship Consortium

Chris Burton of Tony Gee and Partners has been elected chair of the Technician Apprenticeship Consortium (TAC) from 2018 to 2020. 

The consortium brings together consultancy and engineering firms to encourage the recruitment and training of technician and degree apprentices, helping members to meet their business and HR needs. Burton replaces outgoing chair, Graham Nicholson, who has been in post since June 2012.

Commenting on his election as TAC chair Chris Burton, business development director at Tony Gee and Partners, said: “The development of engineers and technicians has long been a personal passion of mine. The consortium will continue its vital role in nurturing a talent pipeline, encouraging a wider pool of people to enter the industry and increasing the opportunities for young people at our member companies. I can’t wait to get started.”

Outgoing chair Graham Nicholson said: “It’s been a real pleasure to work with the consortium’s committed companies over the last six years.  During this time, we have developed and delivered new technician and degree design apprenticeships and I’m pleased to leave the consortium in the safe hands of Chris, who I know well as a colleague at Tony Gee and Partners. He will ensure that TAC continues the vital work of bringing talented apprentices into our industry at all levels.”

Nelson Ogunshakin, chief executive of ACE said: “Congratulations to Chris Burton on his appointment and also a big thank you to Graham Nicholson for his outstanding contribution to developing TAC over the years. The consortium supported by clients, professional consulting firms and managed by ACE, has enabled more than 1,500 placements since its formation in 2010 and now offers six qualifications across rail design, civil engineering, building services engineering and transport design. 

“The increased demands on skills and capacity to deliver the future project pipeline, coupled with the government’s apprenticeship levy scheme, ensures that the TAC is a fantastic opportunity for professional firms and educational stakeholders. As well as improving the sector’s productivity, it will secure the transformational skills required to meet the new Construction Sector Deal.”

Further information can be found on the TAC website at

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