What is the Association of Apprentices?

The Association of Apprentices (AoA) is a UK-wide not-for-profit social enterprise that supports every apprentice to have a high-quality experience, fulfil their potential and progress to successful completion. We work with employers and providers to offer enhanced experiences for their apprentices through our community, with peer-to-peer networking, learning and support.

How the Association of Apprentices benefits employers


External Networking

Networking itself is a skill that requires practise. Apprentices can network with their peers, receive support, and gain insight into other organisations' cultures.


Inspiration & Motivation

Enriching events and masterclasses developed especially for apprentices. Designed to enhance their motivation and help them become the best version of themselves.


Learning & Development

AoA's learning and development tool is bursting with resources to help increase knowledge, soft skills, and personal development.
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Our research

We surveyed over 1,700 apprentices to find out what they need from an association, but we didn't stop there... We tap into the knowledge and experience of our Founding Partners and Advisory Panel and have spoken to employers of all sizes to understand what they need to give their apprentices the best start.

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

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Membership prices for employers

As a social enterprise, we are committed to ensuring that all apprentices have the opportunity to access their Association. For this reason, membership for individual apprentices is currently free. In addition to this offer, organisations with 249 or fewer employees can check if they are eligible for free membership below. Larger employers, please get in touch.

Why should my organisation pay for our apprentices to join the Association?

Although membership for individual apprentices is currently free, this offer is limited and AoA will be introducing membership fees in the future. Organisations can ensure their apprentices continue to access our services by purchasing corporate membership in advance – and will receive additional corporate benefits too.

Benefits of corporate membership

Employers that purchase corporate membership for the apprentices within their organisation benefit from:

Access to data and insights from AoA
Access to AoA Learn
Apprentices from your organisation can set up an employer-specific community group on AoA Connect
Added value to apprentice employees
Company logo on AoA website as a patron member
Support apprentices in the UK working in SMEs to benefit from the Association
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What size is your organisation?

249 or Fewer Employees?

Qualify for free corporate membership?

AoA offers free membership to SMEs with 25 or fewer apprentices. You can sign up straight away below.

Organisations with 26+ apprentices, please contact us via the form below to discuss pricing options with a member of our team.

Up to 25 Apprentices?

per apprentice

26+ Apprentices?

Please contact us using the form below and we will be in touch to discuss your requirements.

250+ Employees

Larger Employers

Larger employers can contact us to create a pricing plan according to their apprentice numbers using the form below.

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For larger employers we can create a bespoke pricing plan based on apprentice numbers. 

Please contact us using the form below and we will be in touch to discuss your requirements.

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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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