Apprentice Ambassadors

The Young Apprentice Ambassador Network (YAAN) is a community of inspiring apprentices and graduate apprentices who have registered as Young Apprentice Ambassadors in their local area. They promote Apprenticeships to young people and their career influencers endorsing the range of subjects, benefits, progression routes and extensive career opportunities they provide.

The South East region currently has in excess of 100 members.  Our aim is to have a significant number of young ambassadors representing the full range and level of apprenticeships to attend careers events, schools and employer facing activities ‘telling their story’ to provide young people, making career choices, with knowledge, facts and prospects. 

Dom Cowley
Fledglink

Dom Cowley

Former Level 3 Business Admin and Level 4 Associate Project Manager apprentice.

I’m a former Business Admin and Project Management apprentice having worked in Unilever’s Future Careers Team at the start of my career. I now work for Fledglink leading Outreach. My main responsibilities are to promote our app to schools, job centres & other organisations to ensure as many young people as possible, especially in schools, have access to opportunities & feel more confident and prepare for the world of work. I’m passionate about helping young people understand more about the ins & outs of apprenticeships & why they’re so amazing!

Euan Wilcox

Euan Wilcox

Chartered Business Management Degree Apprentice (Level 6).

I am a Charted Business Management Degree Apprentice with IBM, currently working in the UKI Garage Squad, implementing Garage Methodology into different projects. I always knew completing an apprenticeship was the career path I wanted to explore, I feel very lucky to be in a position where I enjoy what I do every day so much. I have benefitted hugely through being given the opportunity to showcase my skills and be given continuous opportunities to further myself. The chance to combine education with work is an immense experience as I am someone who loves to always further my knowledge, and this gives me the ability to.

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Jasmine Ee

Level 6 Electrical and Electronic Engineering Degree Apprenticeship.

Jasmine found her passion for engineering as a young girl helping her dad with DIY projects around the house. As an adult, Jasmine works in Technical Support with products that have failed in the field. She loves to apply her logical and creative thinking to solve problems and is enjoying learning from her experienced and friendly colleagues.

Roseanna Harvey
Cripps

Roseanna Harvey

Level 7 Solicitor Apprenticeship.

I qualified as a Paralegal on the Cripps scheme in December 2020 and started the solicitor apprenticeship in January 2021, hoping to qualify in 2025. Whilst in my apprenticeship, I have rotated around the firm in different teams including property, debt recovery and corporate mergers and acquisitions. I deal with various clients on a day to day basis and help progress matters for various senior fee-earners.

I joined the ambassador network to help provide guidance and support for young professionals like myself and to promote apprenticeships across the country.

Sam Winterburn

Sam Winterburn

I am currently on a level 6-degree apprenticeship studying towards becoming a Chartered Building Surveyor.

I am a 22-year-old currently halfway through my apprenticeship working towards a Degree in Building Surveying and becoming a RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) chartered surveyor. I started my apprenticeship when I was 19 years old and can honestly say it was the best decision I ever made. This way of learning and building a career is something that suits me very well. I think everyone should consider apprenticeships as a pathway to being successful within their chosen career. 

 

Shauna Willmott

Shauna Willmott

Level 2 & 3 Business Administration.

I chose to do an apprenticeship after finishing my first year of college and realising that university wasn’t the best path for me. I entered Hampshire County Council as an Admin Assistant before moving on to a Project Assistant role. I’m so happy I chose a different option because now, after completing my Levels 2 & 3 in Business Admin, I’ve gained two qualifications, nearly four years of work experience and knowledge. Overall, I’m a much more positive and confident person and can continue to apply the skills I’ve learnt while being an apprentice for the rest of my career.

Asha Taak
Jisc

Asha Taak

Asha is the Early Careers Partner at Jisc UK higher, further education and skills sectors’ not-for-profit organisation for digital services and solutions. We believe education and research improves lives, and technology improves education and research. 

Our vision is for the UK to be a world leader in technology for education and research and our mission is to power and empower our members with the technology and data they need to succeed. We know that digital technology has the ability to transform the student experience. We have the experience, expertise and know-how to drive that transformation. 

Asha has 6 years early carers experience within different sectors and is the chair for the Level 5 HR apprenticeship. She is very passionate about apprenticeships as they are a key part for future talent.

Lee Green

Lee Green

Apprentice Chair

Hello, I’m Lee Green, a 35-year-old-software engineer at Maersk. I’ve faced and conquered a unique challenge – profound deafness. Beyond my work, I serve as the apprentice ambassador chair for the south east of England, advocating for apprenticeships and breaking down barriers.

I’m passionate about sports, finding joy in both watching and playing. I’m a fervent fan of music festivals and treasure moments spent with friends. Recently, I’ve embarked on the journey of family life. My story is a testament to the power of determination and passion, proving that adversity can be overcome, and success can be achieved in all area of life.

Siobahn White

Siobhan White

Level 5 Operational /Departmental Management.

Hi! I’m Siobhan and I’m a Project Officer at Resource Productions, responsible for the Admin of the Youth and Adult training programmes and management of the Admin staff. I have previously completed a L3 Community Arts apprenticeship with DiVA and I am currently studying a L5 Operational/Departmental Management Apprenticeship with Activate Apprenticeships where the focuses are management of self, project management and leading a team.

Lilly Hudson

Lilly Hudson

I did an apprenticeship 4 years ago as a Broadcast Production assistant on a levy transfer scheme. Since then, I have been a full-time member of Resource Productions progressing to Film Office Manager and employing an Apprentice and taking them through the same apprenticeship I did.

Hazel Anderson

Hazel Anderson

Hi I’m Hazel and have worked in HR on and off for 20 years, having initially carried out my CIPD L3 in 2003. I have returned to the world of HR at a law firm and was given the opportunity via the apprenticeship scheme to take on the CIPD L5.

I have worked in HR across food manufacturing, NHS and also am a committee management member for Cherry Tree Education.

I am the point of contact for all apprentices, and we currently have 4 within our law firm of 40 staff of which 2 joined us with no prior law qualifications.

TheTalentPeople / GetMyFirstJob

Christos Orthodoxou

His passion began at Aston University where he worked with young people to deliver mentoring and employer engagement activities.

Recognising a disconnect, he built Class Careers to intervene at a younger age by working to connect employers with schools via online workshops with clients including M&S, Royal Mail and Sky.

He is now Director of Innovation and Insights at TheTalentPeople & GetMyFirstJob – the largest platform in the apprenticeship industry.

Christos facilitates and hosts the online employer roundtable each month, specialising in the apprenticeship space, bringing together 30 – 50 employers to discuss industry issues.

Katie Osmon

The University of Portsmouth offers apprenticeships to provide opportunities for members of the community to gain quality training and employment. As part of our commitment to realise the potential of our staff, we support apprenticeships for existing staff, delivered by a range of local training providers, including our own Degree Apprenticeships.

As Talent Management and Apprenticeship Lead, I support managers and staff to access apprenticeships. Apprenticeships are at the centre of our ambitions to develop and retain talent at the University and we are committed to investing in our colleagues.