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Group photo of successful PARS apprentices at Mansion House during National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week: 16 Apprentices Awarded Under Post-Apprenticeship Recognition Scheme (PARS)

Sixteen apprentices have achieved a significant milestone by becoming the first recipients of post-nominals through the pioneering Post-Apprenticeship Recognition Scheme (PARS) launched by the Association of Apprentices (AoA) and the Chartered Institution for Further Education (CIFE).

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Pathway to Success this National Apprenticeship Week

‘Apprenticeships: Pathway to Success’ a news-style programme produced by ITN Business

The Association of Apprentices is delighted to announce its involvement in the news-style programme “Apprenticeships: Pathway to Success,” produced by ITN Business with editorial partners UCAS and the ScaleUp Institute this National Apprenticeship Week.

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Guest Blog – Nurturing talent with the support of the Association of Apprentices by Edge Creative

AoA works with small and medium-sized employers to support their apprenticeship offering and help apprentices to successfully complete their programmes. Hear how Edge Creative works with AoA to get the most out of the apprentice experience.

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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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