The National Skills Agency

We are a young organisation that has already garnered support from a range of key industry bodies both governmental and private as well as a selection of leading training providers and employers.
Spencer Mehlman
Spencer Mehlman

The NSA mission is to ensure that the very best people are recruited and developed for the Apprenticeship and Early Careers sectors; thus enabling those going through apprenticeships and other training schemes to have the best possible experience and play an instrumental part in enhancing the UK economy.

The National Skills Agency is led by its CEO and Founder Spencer Mehlman.
Spencer has over 20 years’ experience in building and running successful specialist education related recruitment businesses. In 2001 he launched Special Agent the UK’s first specialist non-teaching education sector recruiter focused on IT, Finance, Sales & Marketing and Construction. Special Agent was sold in 2006 to Select Education part of Randstad, the world’s largest recruitment group.

In 2008 Spencer established notgoingtouni.co.uk which was regarded as the UK’s leading website for school and college leavers exploring the options outside of traditional university such as Apprenticeships, Degrees Apprenticeships, Traineeships, Distance Learning, College Courses, etc. The website received over 2 million visitors per year and over 1 million page impressions per month. The notgoingtouni team also managed the UK’s largest ever careers tour to schools delivering over 700 workshops supported by the National Apprenticeship Service and the National Careers Service. Notgoingtouni was purchased in 2014 by the New Sparta Group.


The National Skills Agency is pleased to have a number of key advisors that share our passion for the sector they include:

William Townsend BSc (Hons), Dip RP
Managing Director of Education Support Professionals, one of the leading specialist recruitment organisations supporting schools and colleges across the UK.

Jan Ellis
Chief Executive at the Career Development Institute – The UK-wide professional body for the career development sector.

Lindsey McCurdy
Founder of Apprenticeships 4 England (21,000 LinkedIn members) and an Ambassador for the European Alliance for Apprenticeships.

Vic Grimes
Former Director National Apprenticeship Service and Senior Apprenticeship Consultant.