Why join the Association of Apprentices?

We are a community led by you, the apprentices. The Association of Apprentices (AoA) is a not-for-profit social enterprise designed to help you fulfil your potential. By bringing apprentices together, we provide you with the social and professional network that full-time students and employees experience. 

How will membership benefit you?


External Networking

At AoA, apprentices are our community. Receive guidance and support from outside of your organisation from peers and groups, take part in polls and discussions, learn from experience whilst developing skills.


Learning & Development

Your employer has already invested in your future. But have they provided support for ALL the soft skills you need to thrive? You told us that you require assistance to develop. Find out more about AoA Learn below.

Find out more about our exclusive features: AoA Connect and AoA Learn

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AoA Connect

Enter your bespoke social networking platform. Access is available via your desktop or (better yet) download the app to your Apple or Android device and dive into your community.

Meet like-minded and diverse groups of apprentices from across the UK, sign up for events, vote in polls, and connect with your peers.

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AoA Learn

Your Learning & Development journey has levelled up! All the skills you require to stay ahead of the game are available at your fingertips.

Enhance your understanding to achieve your best and get the most out of your apprenticeship. Start with a self-assessment to see which skills you need to thrive. Learn about a plethora of topics ranging from unconscious bias to business communication, and Excel to presenting!

Exclusive Events

Members are invited to exclusive events created especially for apprentices. Busy? No problem, you can access AoA On Demand, with videos of our past events, wherever you are.

Upcoming events:

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Apprentice Meet up Stoke On Trent

Past events on AoA On Demand, include:

Join our fast growing apprentice community!

We believe all apprentices should be supported to reach their full potential. Our UK-wide member organisation is dedicated to supporting apprentices of all ages, in all sectors and regions whether you are currently on an apprenticeship, or if you have recently completed your programme.

What apprentices say:

I've already been presented with plenty of opportunities to meet and speak with other people that are also on the apprenticeship journey.
Level 3 Business Administration Apprentice at NCFE
Developing yourself never stops and together we can build a community to help you progress in your apprenticeship and your career.
Level 6 Housing Policy at Flagship Group
Vice Chair Apprentice Council
AoA helps me meet other apprentices from different industries who are juggling life, work and ambitions in the same way I am, as an experienced learner.
Level 7 Senior Leader
Grant Thornton

Join our fast growing apprentice community!

Whether you are part of a large cohort of apprentices joining your organisation,
or you’re the very first in your micro-business, the Association is the place for you.

As a social enterprise, we are committed to ensuring that all apprentices can join the Association.

Thanks to our corporate partners, membership for individual apprentices is free of charge, so sign up now and tell your apprentice friends and colleagues!


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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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