The Association of Apprentices has partnered with ITN Productions Industry News to produce Apprentices: Connect, Engage and Inspire, a news-style digital programme exploring the apprenticeship landscape of the UK and the future of employment.

Apprentices: Connect, Engage and Inspire shines a light on the excellence of employers and apprentices, showcasing the businesses and sectors that are successfully integrating apprentices into their workforce, their latest innovations, and unique approaches.

Anchored by presenter Sharon Thomas, the programme features industry experts along with informative interviews, news items, sponsored editorial profiles to inspire businesses and the next generation of apprentices with first-hand stories of success.

Apprentices: Connect, Engage and Inspire

Watch the full programme here or scroll down to select a specific segment

In a hurry? View the highlights here! 

Demystifying Apprenticeships with Sir Peter Estlin, Chair of AoA 

The Association of Apprentices – What’s in it for the apprentices?

Sharon Thomas interviews Jason Holt CBE, Vice Chair of AoA

Emily Austin, CEO of AoA joins Sharon Thomas to discuss AoA’s mission supporting today’s apprentices

Lloyds Banking Group shows how they offer apprenticeships that go beyond financial services

Network Rail is one of the UK’s largest apprentice employers and offer a career full of possibilities

The Chartered Management Institute explain how they work with people at various levels of their career

ITN discuss the apprenticeship scheme available where apprentices get hands-on experience 

Openreach is creating thousands of new jobs and aiming for a more diverse and inclusive workforce

Zenopa is in its fourth year offering degree apprenticeships with Cranfield Business School

Great Ormond Street Hospital offer a wide range of apprenticeships and not just in healthcare

CBRE discusses the benefits of career conversations and apprenticeships over traditional routes of education

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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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