What is the Association of Apprentices?

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

How the Association of Apprentices benefits training providers


External Networking

At AoA, apprentices become part of our growing community. They have the opportunity to network outside of their organisation, take part in polls and discussions, and learn from experience.


Inspiration & Motivation

AoA has developed enriching events and masterclasses especially for apprentices. Designed to enhance motivation and self-awareness, as well as critical thinking and development, AoA helps every apprentice become the best version of themselves.


Learning & Development

Soft skills are vital in the modern workplace. With AoA Learn, apprentices are able to identify development areas to access targeted resources. AoA Learn fills a gap so Training Providers can keep apprentices on track.
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Our research

The Association of Apprentices has employed multiple research methods to discover what apprentices, training providers, and employers require from us. We have spoken with apprentices, held events with employers of all sizes, and tapped into industry-experts’ knowledge from our Founding Partners and Advisory Panel (consisting of employers, training providers, and awarding bodies). Our Apprentice Council actively structures our path, to ensure we are always heading in the right direction. 

Giving apprentices the best start in their career benefits the individual, the organisation, and the training provider. Find out more about how AoA helps training providers provide comprehensive support to their learners. 

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

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Membership prices for
training providers

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.

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

Training providers can purchase membership for all their apprentices. Corporate membership for training providers can cover both apprentices trained for clients, as well as apprentice employees. Benefits include:

Access to data and insights from AoA
Access to AoA Learn
Added value to their apprenticeship offer
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.
Sign up below.

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

25 or fewer 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 training providers

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

Training Provider
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For larger training providers 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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