The Association of Apprentices Wins Best Purpose Driven People Community at the Investors in People Awards 2023


The Association of Apprentices proudly won the prestigious award for Best Purpose Driven People Community at the Investors in People’s 10th Anniversary Awards Ceremony, which took place on 14th November in London. This accolade recognises the dedication and commitment of the Association of Apprentices to nurturing and empowering a community of skilled professionals.

The Investors in People Awards serves as a platform to celebrate organisations that have demonstrated exceptional leadership, innovation, and a strong commitment to the development and well-being of their employees. 

The Association of Apprentices has been at the forefront of nurturing the professional growth of apprentices through community. This growing community provides peer-to-peer guidance, parity of esteem, and resources for skill development that counts towards off-the-job learning. 

By receiving the Best Purpose Driven People Community award, the Association of Apprentices has been recognised for their exceptional contributions in promoting a culture of learning, collaboration, and personal development within the apprenticeship community. 

This award not only celebrates their past achievements but also signals a promising future filled with continued growth, innovation, and positive transformation within the apprenticeship landscape.

Find out more about the awards here and see our video highlights on TikTok.

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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