An apprentice-led community to help you
maximise your potential

A not-for-profit organisation designed with you in mind

Mission Statement

We’re here to support the UK’s hugely talented community of almost one million apprentices be their best. We’re not just for apprentices, our work is also led by apprentices.

We provide the social and broader elements often missing from apprenticeship programmes, with access to advice and guidance which supports life-long career development, and a lifetime of professional networks.

Come together with apprentices past and present to support each other. It’s your association.

The Get Ahead series is your go-to resource for new apprenticeships. With comprehensive guides, events, and specialised subjects, get the most out of your apprenticeship with Get Ahead.

AoA’s comprehensive multimedia series is here to assist newly recruited apprentices in getting a head start in their new roles. Set to be released in September 2023, this unmissable series offers a range of resources including PDF guides for both apprentices and their line managers. Additionally, we have a line-up of exciting events including masterclasses and specialised subjects like neurodiversity.
Join us and unlock the full potential of your apprenticeship journey.

The Apprentice Experience

A programme created in partnership with ITN Business will be launched during National Apprenticeship Week 2023.

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Personal development

Get access to our skills platform, jam-packed with resources to help increase your employability, knowledge and soft skills


Get the industry news you need to know

Apprenticeships are an incredible opportunity for individuals, employers, and the UK as a whole, to think creatively and be aspirational about skills and careers. The Association will support apprentices by connecting you to a network of peers, mentors, and social groups, as well as providing career-boosting resources and events as you continue your journey beyond an apprenticeship. Together, the voice of apprentices will be amplified to call for meaningful change where it is needed. We will help you find your community, develop your career, and fulfil your incredible potential.

All delivered through our dedicated features: AoA Connect and AoA Learn
available on your desktop and mobile devices

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Membership is now available for individuals and businesses

Whether you are interested in membership for yourself, your apprentices or your learners, find out how
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Jan Richardson-Wilde

CEO, Occupational Awards Limited

Jan is the CEO of Occupational Awards Limited, a Director of the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink and an FE College Governor. She has over 35 years’ experience in the education sector in strategic and operational management of training programmes with colleges, private training providers, local authorities the voluntary sector and not for profit organisations. Jan has previously been a board member of the Learning and Skills Council, chair of the North Yorkshire Training Provider network and Vice-Chair of Yorkshire Coast College and a Governor of the Grimsby Institute for Further and Higher Education. She has extensive experience of education policy, apprenticeships, qualification, and curriculum development as well as business improvement.

Jan joined OAL in 2019, a leading non-profit industry-focused Awarding and End-Point Assessment Organisation, supporting a wide range of employers and of key stakeholders to succeed and surpass expectations. Jan is committed to continuous improvement and enthusiastic about improving the effectiveness, impact and quality of apprenticeships, education, and training in the UK and internationally. She has a wide range of experience of working in a collaborative context with employers and training providers to develop End Point Assessment, apprenticeships, and a wide range of vocational programmes.

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