Association of Apprentices Announces Involvement in Programme Produced by ITN Business


The Association of Apprentices is delighted to announce its involvement in the news-style programme “Apprenticeships: Pathway to Success,” produced by ITN Business with editorial partners  UCAS and the ScaleUp Institute. The programme, hosted by Warren Nettleford, explores the numerous opportunities available through apprenticeships, showcasing best practice support from employers and speaking to apprentices across various sectors.

The news-style programme “Apprenticeships: Pathway to Success” sheds light on the pivotal role apprenticeships play in paving the way for lifelong careers, education, and skills development. It emphasises that apprenticeships are not only an avenue for newcomers to gain work experience but also an opportunity for individuals to pursue professional qualifications while working, making them a compelling option for upskilling or transitioning to new roles.

The Association of Apprentices is excited to be part of this initiative, which aims to amplify voices across sectors and highlight the diverse experiences of apprentices. By participating in the programme, the Association seeks to demonstrate the value and impact of apprenticeships in today’s workforce, the support required to increase completion and retention rates, and the opportunities that apprenticeships offer to individuals across different age groups and backgrounds.

The full programme, including the film featuring the Association of Apprentices, can be viewed at the ITN Business Hub, tomorrow and features sponsored editorial content from B&Q, DHL Supply Chain, Gowling WLG, Marks & Spencer, NFRC (National Federation of Roofing Contractors), and WTW.

The Association of Apprentices is proud to be part of the “Apprenticeships: Pathway to Success” programme and looks forward to showcasing the impact and significance of apprenticeships in shaping successful and fulfilling careers at the premier  hosted at Mansion House on 7th February. This event is by invitation only.

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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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