New management positions in the Apprenticeship Ambassador Network
- New chairman, vice chairman and vice chairman appointed
- The network of over 560 employer advocates for apprenticeship training
- The new hires will help attract even more employers to apprenticeship training
Today, November 25th, the Apprenticeship Ambassador Network (AAN) announced three new members to its executive team. They will be responsible for accelerating their mission to connect more employers to apprenticeships; and at the same time inspire young people to use the opportunities of technical education to advance their careers.
The AAN consists of over 560 employer ambassadors (35% are SMEs) and around 400 apprentice ambassadors (current and former apprentices) who volunteer as advocates and advocates of apprenticeship training. They use their influence and compelling personal stories to encourage more employers and young people to commit to quality education.
Minister of Skills Alex Burghart said:
The Apprentice Ambassador Network plays an important role in ensuring that employers and individuals recognize apprenticeship training as a critical path to business and career success.
Skills, schools, and families are at the core of our mission as government, and these ambassadors will help us continue to care for the next generation.
I would like to thank all network members for their commitment to the training and especially the newly appointed management team for taking on the crucial role of leading and expanding the extraordinary network of ambassadors.
Anthony Impey MBE – a serial entrepreneur and seasoned business leader with a track record of starting, scaling and running businesses in the technology and skills sector – will chair for a period of 3 years.
Anthony is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Be the Business – an organization committed to increasing the productivity of the UK’s 5.9 million small businesses. He is an accomplished executive at board level with extensive experience in training and skills policy. In addition to serving as Ambassador for over 9 years, Anthony has also served as Vice Chairman of the London AAN. He is also a member of the US Secretary of State’s Business Engagement Forum (on Education), which aims to develop skills policies that meet the needs of employers. In addition, Anthony was Chairman of the DfE Apprenticeship Committee for 5 years.
In 2018 he received his MBE for his services to apprenticeship training and medium-sized companies. He spent 5 years with the Federation of Small Businesses and directed its qualification and training policy. He also authored the Open University’s Business Barometer report on Skills and Apprenticeships in 2020.
I am delighted that I have been invited to take on this role and lead AAN at this critical time.
The network’s role in encouraging and inspiring more employers – of all sizes – to get involved in apprenticeships has never been more important. These are difficult times for employers, and apprenticeship must play a big role in building a high-quality, high-deserving economy. The AAN’s reputation, relationships, and success are all critical to making this possible.
I look forward to working with my colleagues on a regional and national level to shape the future and advance the reach of the network.
Finally, I would like to thank former Chairman Jason Holt of CBE, whose tireless work means that I will take on a trustworthy and respected body.
Kathryn Marshall was appointed vice chairman.
Kathryn joined Lloyds Banking Group in 1995 and is currently leading the implementation of its training strategy and is responsible for running thirty different programs from Level 2 to Level 7 across the Group. After Kathryn saw so many colleagues benefit from completing an apprenticeship, Kathryn started the Level 7 Senior Leaders Apprenticeship to experience the benefits of applied learning through an apprenticeship. Externally, Kathryn is an active member of the Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network and chair of the Financial Services Trailblazer Group.
Having served as Ambassador for the past 4 years, I am delighted to secure the role of Vice-Chair. I look forward to working with all current and future ambassadors to promote education and increase opportunities and quality.
Leading the apprenticeship program at Lloyds Banking Group has given me the opportunity to see firsthand the benefits of apprenticeship training for individuals and organizations of all sizes.
Emma Beauchamp has taken on a new role as deputy chairman. This new position was created to enable an apprentice ambassador to lead national issues – especially as we complete the integration of the Young Apprenticeship Ambassador Network (YAAN) with the AAN.
Emma is known to the network through her work as Chair of the YAAN in the Northeast. She has been an ambassador since 2018.
I am very proud and honored to have been offered this position. This is a great platform to guide and support our ambassadors in inspiring the next generation of apprentices.
I would like to use my own knowledge from working in an SME to arouse the interest of other SMEs in training. I’ve always had a strong passion for education; since i completed my own. My concern is to defend the training path for what it is; which is an equally valuable and worthwhile alternative to studying or a great start into a new career.
Emma joined Gestamp in 2016 as a commercial apprentice before she later joined Northumbria Optical Coatings Ltd. as a technical sales engineer in the photonics industry. changed.