John Mountford leads the recently formed Semta International team. Semta International works closely with global partners in helping to develop solutions to understanding and meeting their Skills needs. This includes bespoke programmes focusing on Labour Market Intelligence, standards, training and certification. Semta International has delivered a number of major international Skills development projects working with government and private sector partners.
Previously, John worked as Association of Colleges International Director, representing England’s Government College sector. This included working closely with UK and overseas Governments in developing international Training and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) partnership and bilateral programmes.
He played a leading role in developing UK India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI) 3’s Skills strand and has contributed to a number of system to system partnerships in India, China, Brazil, South Africa, European Union and Indonesia.
He has contributed to a number of advisory groups focusing on the shape of the UK’s international TVET strategy. John has also held senior international roles in both the University and College sectors.