The Apprentice Meet Up: Manchester - October 2023


Unlocking Success: The Apprentice Networking Event in Manchester October 2023

Apprentices understand the importance of networking for professional growth and development. Networking provides invaluable opportunities to connect with industry experts, learn from their experiences, and expand professional circles. That’s why we are excited to have hosted the Apprentice Meet Up: Manchester, this month in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University.
These events are a unique platform specifically designed for apprentices to come together, exchange ideas, and foster meaningful connections. It is an event that celebrates the spirit of learning and collaboration, creating an environment where apprentices can unlock their full potential and pave their way to success. And it can count towards off-the-job training, too!
Attending the Apprentice Meet Ups provides a multitude of benefits that can greatly enhance professional development. It provides a platform to connect with a diverse range of professionals from various industries. This allows the broadening of horizons, gaining perspective, and building relationships with individuals who can positively impact career trajectories.
Apprentice meet ups offer a unique opportunity to hear from expert speakers and peers. The line up of speakers for the October 2023 event in Manchester were truly knowledgeable in sharing their insights and experiences. Apprentices learnt from their success stories and were left inspired to achieve their own goals. Attending this event to speak were James WalkerHannah RashidiOlivia WilliamsSumayya Ali, and Adam Raja.
Moreover, the event had a great turnout of apprentices from different levels, backgrounds, and industries. This creates an environment conducive to networking and collaboration. Apprentices can exchange ideas, share experiences, and learn from one another, creating a community of apprentices who support and motivate each other.
With thanks to our Event Ambassadors Hammad Lateef TMIET, Michael Woodhouse and Kym Lewis for all their hard work.
The Apprentice Meet Up: Manchester took place in the Manchester Metropolitan University. You can read more about this partnership here: Manchester Metropolitan sponsors the Association of Apprentices as a training provider

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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