Connect your Apprentice Community

The Association of Apprentices (AoA) helps you to build, manage, and engage your apprentice community. 

We understand the importance of connecting with others and how building networks benefits everyone both personally and professionally. AoA helps you to deliver social and broader elements within your apprenticeship offer, which make a real difference to the completion and retention of your apprentices.

Our low cost corporate membership saves you time and money in connecting your apprentice community. 
We help you to:

  • Connect apprentices to build social networking skills
  • Support apprentices’ wellbeing
  • Aid retention and engagement on programme
  • Get unique insight into what matters the most to apprentices
  • Contribute to your social value commitments

Our Community Tool gives you:

Your own branded Community Space

Engage your apprentice network, drive collaboration, share best practice, spread information and ideas

  • Empower apprentices to help each other in a safe space with private communication and content relevant to your organisation
  • Engage anytime and anywhere with our App
  • Get tailored data to measure and provide evidence of community engagement
Resources for
your curriculum

Build social and personal development skills and behaviours that count towards the off-the-job training requirement

  • Easy to embed into learner journeys
  • Frequently updated content and events to get apprentices assessment and career ready
Unique insights to engage your community

Understand what matters most to your apprentices

  • Information to support your curriculum and engagement strategies
  • Monitor confidence levels and progress of your apprentice community
  • Stay updated with the ‘Apprentice Voice’ and get impact evidence for Ofsted’s Education Inspection Framework
Branding for
your organisation

Your organisation, identified

  • Logo featured in the AoA’s promotional materials and on our website
  • Promotes your organisation’s social value contribution
  • Identifies your organisation as a sector leader committed to the apprentice experience
  • Your contribution enables us to provide free access to the AoA for apprentices from SMEs

Join leading organisations who trust AoA
to power their Apprentice Community

Greene King is delighted to be working with the AoA to ensure apprentices have a voice and help shape the future of apprenticeships. Working with other organisations, apprentices and those that have previously achieved, the AOA encourages continuous improvements through sharing best practice and with a wide network, can then support with added value content, training and events to really enhance the apprenticeship experience. Greene King encourages its apprentices and those from other organisations to join the AoA and maximise the benefits which also include networking with other apprentices from different organisations and industries.
Graham Briggs
Head of Apprenticeships & Employability Programmes, Greene King

The Association of Apprentices provides a fantastic opportunity for apprentices across all industries to interact and collaborate and drive their agenda for development. At Lloyds Banking Group we promote the benefits to all our apprentices of being part of a growing network to share their experiences and learning.  It helps drive a commitment to lifelong learning that goes way beyond the end of a formal apprenticeship programme.

Kathryn Marshall
Apprenticeship Senior Manager, Lloyds Banking Group

Support Connect Limited are excited to be partnering with for the Association of Apprentices.  AoA has a mission statement that mirrors our own values, and working together we will strive to increase awareness of AoA to support the amazing talent of the apprentice community, to facilitate the best possible learning experience for our future talent.

Support Connect
Caroline Fillery
Director, Support Connect


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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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