About Us

ALPHI is the Association of Learning Providers for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. It is a community of training providers including ITPs (both local and national), FE Colleges and Universities delivering apprenticeships and traineeships in the region.

Among its 40 strong members it also includes the Apprenticeship Leads from all 3 Local Authorities as well as including LEP representation at network meetings (the ALPHI Management Group are also represented at a local LEP strategic level).

ALPHI hosts 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.

ALPHI has a strategic partnership with the Solent Apprenticeship Hub having been instrumental in its development.

Management Group

The day to day network operation of ALPHI is managed by Aspire Learning and Development.

The Aspire Learning role is to support all areas of its operation in order to create a self-developing, self-managing network.

Aspire are part of the Management Group which also includes:

  • Lester Biddle, HIT Training - Chair
  • Claire Middleton, University of Portsmouth - Vice Chair
  • Chris Richards, Apprenticeship Manager - HSDC

Lester Biddle

Technology Director for HIT Training Limited

Lester was one of the first ever YTS students, gaining his vocational qualifications in the work place, so fully endorses the concept of earn while you learn. This was followed up several years later, graduating from Exeter University with a Degree in Leadership, gained whilst working in the post 16 education arena. Lester started work as a Trainer/Assessor in 1997 working his way up to Area Manager and is now Technology Director for HIT Training. Lester is also a board member of the Solent LEP, a local Enterprise Advisor with CAEC and works on local community projects.

Claire Middleton

Business Development Manager at University of Portsmouth

Claire has been an ALPHI member for over 10 years. Her background in education started with 2 years at Highbury College, followed by 8 years at Fareham College where she set up the apprenticeship team including Traineeships and managed work experience across the college, as well as a number of ESF programmes. After a move to HIT as Business Manager, she came out of apprenticeships for a year, working on an ESF project for the unemployed, however the lure of apprenticeships proved too much and she started at University of Portsmouth in September 2017, once again setting up a new team, this time in Degree Apprenticeships.

Chris Richards

Apprenticeship Manager HSDC

Apprenticeships Manager at HSDC in Waterlooville with over 10 years’ experience in this industry. Entered the Apprenticeship sector with VT Training who later became Babcock Training. Progressed to work with two other large private training providers delivering Apprenticeships in Hospitality, Retail, Customer Service, Team Leading and Management sharing knowledge and skills from his early career in the hospitality and catering trade. In 2017 Chris moved to a GFE college where he now leads the delivery team. Chris prides himself on having a keen eye for quality and a strong knowledge of the work-based training sector. Having gained qualifications such as A1, PTLLs and IQA, this gives a true understanding of the diverse roles within the team and how to drive the department to continue a high-quality delivery to Apprentices and their Employers.

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