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AA
AA

Kelly Morris​

I’m Kelly and I work for The AA as an Emerging Talent Manager. I am responsible for all Apprenticeships within the AA, for both new entrants and existing employees. I am passionate about developing strategies to enable the next generation of top talent to have opportunities at The AA. I am also driven to ensure that our existing employees have opportunities to utilize Apprenticeship offerings to help get them on to the next step of the career ladder. In my spare time I enjoy bootcamp, walking and cycling.

We are the AA. And we keep everyone’s show on the road. There for our customers wherever and whenever they need us, we’re always ready for anything. That’s why, for over 100 years, we’ve continued to evolve and adapt. Today, as the nation’s number one motoring organization, we offer a range of excellent products and services to millions of customers.

Chris Baldwin

Chris Baldwin

I work for Portsmouth City Council, a local authority and has 5769 employees. As a council, we’re passionate about providing great apprenticeships, both for our future workforce, and also to provide opportunities for local people and set the right examples to Portsmouth employers.

Apprentices are a key part of the future talent pipeline, and we’re increasingly using apprenticeships as a route into our vast array of professional roles, including surveyors, accountants, lawyers and, in the future, social workers and town planners.

By promoting apprenticeships, we have seen our under-25’s increase from 1.27% to 8.35% of the workforce, bringing new skills, energy and a fresh outlook to our business and how we deliver services.

Arqiva
Arqiva

John Druce

Arqiva is a leading UK communications infrastructure company at the heart of the digital economy. We are behind the scenes and central to millions of vital connections and everyday our infrastructure and associated services enable millions of people and machines to connect wherever they are through TV, radio and mobile.

We have been delivering apprenticeships since 2008 and recognise the fantastic value and contribution they make to our business, creating a vibrant talent pipeline providing the skills we need to meet the needs of our customers and achieve our business goals.

We are very proud that 80% of our apprentices stay with us for the long term, developing and progressing their careers and demonstrating fantastic levels of loyalty and commitment. As Co-Chair of the South-East region, I am always delighted and proud to share our story and encourage other employers to reap the benefits apprenticeships have delivered for us.

Vaughan Meir

Vaughn Meir

With over 30 years’ experience working in the defence industry, Vaughan is currently Head of the Engineering function at BAE Systems Maritime Services. He started his career as an engineering apprentice straight from school in 1984 and has since achieved a BEng (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Working in a variety of engineering, project management and operations roles, he has had a variety of experiences, including managing two large manufacturing businesses in BAE Systems and a three year secondment with a joint venture company in France, where he helped develop a revolutionary technology in medium calibre weapon systems.

In his current role, Vaughan is responsible for the development of engineering early careers, capability and talent. He is passionate about attracting the next generation of young people to careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and is actively involved in working with organisations focused on reducing gender imbalance across engineering.

Berkeley Group

Josephine C-Thornewill

As the Sustainability Advisor for Berkeley Homes’ Southern division, Josephine provides in-house sustainability consultancy and support for all construction projects. Alongside this, the social sustainability element of her role extends to improving the industry image of construction. Recognising that increasing the quantity and quality of apprenticeships in construction is key to addressing the Skills Gap, her involvement in the Ambassador Network has assisted her in developing this within her business.

Berkeley is the Group’s longest established brand, founded in 1976 and today creating medium to large-scale developments in towns, cities and the countryside, encompassing executive homes, mixed use schemes, riverside apartments, refurbished historic buildings and urban loft spaces. Berkeley is proud to be one of the leading property development companies in London and the South of England.

Brian May
Berthon

Brian May

AA for 10 years; apprentice training for centuries. Berthon Boat Company can service or refit your yacht or commercial craft, offering anything from a fresh coat of antifoul, to a new teak deck, new suite of electronics or complete rebuild. Berthon Yacht Sales Division is a large international brokerage house with offices in Lymington, France, Spain and the US. We also have an active new yacht division, distributing Windy Boats of Norway, Advanced Yachts & Solaris yachts, both from Italy, Iguana yachts from France and Pearl motor yachts from UK.

Berthon Lymington Marina has 300 deep water berths situated in the heart of the enchanting Georgian town of Lymington with easy access to the Solent. Berthon has been trading continuously since 1877 and has 30 apprentices among 150 employees. With a strong balance sheet and no bank debt, you can depend on Berthon. We look forward to being of service to you client, customer or apprentice.

Nicole Laming

Nicole Laming

Nicole is the Recruitment Officer at Blake Morgan LLP. Blake Morgan is one of the UK’s leading full service law firms, with offices in London, Wales, Thames Valley and the South Coast region.

Nicole focuses on Early Years recruitment including Apprenticeship hires and development.  She plays an active role in building relationships in the local community, specifically with local schools and colleges in order to attract the best candidates for the firm and to promote starting careers with an apprenticeship.

BT
BT

Mark Kite

BT currently offers over 40 apprentice frameworks/standards in various job roles all over the UK. We have approximately 82,000 UK employees and this year we’ll have over 4500 apprentice starts. We’re passionate about and committed to attracting new talent, skills and leadership capabilities for the future, and offering development and progression to our people. We see apprentices as a core part of our long-term talent strategy to develop and maintain a highly skilled, motivated workforce. Many senior managers and directors joined as apprentices and we have high rates of promotion and retention. I have worked in the apprenticeship arena for over 20 years, in further education and for a number of large employers providing apprenticeships to their own workforce. Apprenticeships are such an important part of my life and I passionately support and promote them wherever I go. Apprenticeships will provide the nation with the skills needed for the future.

Darke & Taylor
Darke & Taylor

Simon Newton

I am the Joint Managing Director at Darke & Taylor and Chair of the Thames Valley sub-region of the SEAAN.

The Apprenticeship Initiative at Darke & Taylor has evolved over time to become the cornerstone on which the company and its progression is founded. Today it is a vital part of our business model which recognises that sustainable success is about developing people. Over the last 40 years the company has offered jobs and training to in excess of 350 young school leavers and today over 20% of the workforce are engaged in an apprenticeship learning to become electricians, fire & security engineers, business administrators and ICT specialists.

Darke & Taylor is committed to apprenticeships and our scheme is special because it really delivers; two of our current Board Directors, two Associate Directors, eight senior managers and the majority of our senior engineers completed their apprenticeships with the company. We are very proud of our award winning apprenticeships.

ETA

Judith Moule

I own a training needs analysis company that specialises in looking at the educational development and investment of individuals to promote business and career growth.

I have been in and around apprenticeships all my working career for over 35 years, learning, teaching, assessing and developing throughout an ever-changing climate.

I am passionate about all companies investing in apprenticeships to grow their own talent and create a workforce that is sustainable for many years to come.

Apprenticeships are good for business and promote a healthy culture of continuous development.

Jim Cunliffe
Face Media Group

Jim Cunliffe

The Face Media Group is a Brighton based business offering promotional design and  business printing services with UK delivery coverage.

The company has  been running for 17 years and is a small company with 8 employees. The company has employed and supported 12 Apprentices since 2010. Some have qualified and moved on, others are still employed by me today and studying at a higher level. Apprentices have brought a young, impressive vibe to my company, so important in today’s world.

I actively encourage all employers, especially small to medium sized employers, to offer young people a chance to get on the first step of the employment ladder.

Alison Parmar
FSB

Alison Parmar

FSB offers its members a wide range of vital business services including legal advice, insurance and business support as well as a powerful voice in government. Its aim is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions.

My responsibilities are to represent and develop the work of the FSB in Kent and Medway, to ensure that the interests of its members are represented; and to enhance the status and profile of the organisation through advocacy, media and member support.

Jeffrey Tinsley
GTR

Jeffrey (Jeff) Tinsley

GTR was launched in 2003 to concentrate solely on Composite manufacturing in the Motorsport industry and has since diversified into other composite sectors including Defence, Aerospace, Automotive, Medical, Gas and Oil.

GTR is one of the largest Composite suppliers in the Motorsport industry operating over three sites in the Arun catchment area with its headquarters based at Fontwell.

GTR currently employs 21 Level 3 Apprentices (06/12/19)

I have worked at GTR Fontwell for over 12 years and my role as Training & Assessment coordinator has been developing since 2016. I am dedicated to improving training and learning.

Hampshire County Council
Hampshire County Council

Lloyd Meredith-Chapman

Working as a Development Co-ordinator for Hampshire County Council, I have a real passion for enabling people to choose the path that’s right for them so that they can fulfil their potential. In my role as Chair of the Young Ambassador Network I advocate and champion the many benefits of Apprenticeships to young people and businesses alike. I am particularly passionate about young people receiving the right information to inform their choices, delivered by passionate professionals and Ambassadors. Too many times I hear young people say that they hadn’t heard about Apprenticeships before; I want that to change.
Invotra

Alison Galvin

I work for Invotra Ltd as their HR Director. I joined the Ambassador network to promote apprenticeships as a brilliant way of upskilling your workforce and offering individuals an opportunity to progress whilst learning – with the added bonus of zero university debt! Growing in-house talent is wonderful which has led to incredible staff retention rates. Invotra is a leading SaaS provider of enterprise intranet and portal solutions. We power over 45% of central UK Government department intranets, as well as local authorities. We provide our product to clients such as DWP with 87,000 users and Sierra Club in the USA with 77,000. Based in Surrey, 1/3 of our workforce are doing an apprenticeship. We are proud to have won multiple awards for our scheme and have been recognised as a ‘Top 100 Apprentice Employer’ two years running, success we see as directly achieved by our apprenticeship programme.
Lee Grainger
ISG

Lee Grainger

30 years in the construction industry, 20 plus in supervisory roles. My career is a 50-50 split of Subcontractor specialist companies and tier 1 contracting. I have an in-depth understanding of all disciplines within the industry from Commercial management to the design process, planning to on site delivery. I have mentored students on graduate programmes for John Sisk Ltd, Skanska and Creagh concrete products Ltd previously so would relish the opportunity to carry out an Ambassador role for SCC. My current employer is ISG Construction whom are a major player in the Tier 1 contracting world and a company that invests massively in development of young persons.

We currently are running a national vocational qualification, Level 3 applied Diploma in Professional construction practice, that is recognised as an A-Level standard qualification by Universities.

We launched this in September 2018, and supplement this with various schemes aimed at a range of students from School leaver to year out graduates.

Michelle Flegg
Kent County Council

Michelle Flegg

Kent County Council is the largest local authority with a workforce in excess of 30,000, serving a population of 1.4 million. More than two thirds of our workforce provide services directly to the public such a Social workers, Teachers, Occupational Therapists and Care workers. Additionally, some of our service delivery is commissioned out to the market.

Kent has a public sector Apprenticeship target of 457 and contributes £2.2m annually to the apprenticeship levy.

Prior to joining KCC I worked in Financial Services in the private sector and have many years’ experience in Workforce development. I lead on the Apprenticeship and Graduate agendas for KCC.

Medway Council

Joanne Budd

I am the Workforce Development Consultant for Medway Council and was fundamental in the creation of our nationally recognised Apprenticeship Academy.  I have responsibility for apprenticeships within our organisation, a role that I am passionate about.  I am committed to ensuring all our apprentices receive high quality programmes, plus wider personal and professional development opportunities.  I am proud that Medway Council makes maximum use of its Apprenticeship Levy funds and met its Public Sector Target for 2017/18. I am an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, with many years’ experience working in HR Services. Medway Council is a unitary local authority (formed in 1998) located in the South East of England, supporting c.280,000 residents.  It has the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. Medway is the largest urban area in the South East, outside of London.

Anna Prygodzicz

Health Education England (HEE) exists for one reason only: to support the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvement to the patients and public of England by ensuring that the workforce of today and tomorrow has the right numbers, skills, values and behaviours, at the right time and in the right place.

Anna Prygodzicz is a Workforce Transformation Lead at Health Education England (Wessex) and part of her role is the implementation of the Apprenticeship agenda.

Anna has worked in Health for 15 years, holding a number of roles e.g. with the European Commission, the Department of Health, Health Protection Agency (Porton Down) before moving to HEE.

NHS

Joanne Hauffe

Health Education England (HEE) exists for one reason only: to support the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvement to the patients and public of England by ensuring that the workforce of today and tomorrow has the right numbers, skills, values and behaviours, at the right time and in the right place. Anna Prygodzicz is a Workforce Transformation Lead at Health Education England (Wessex) and part of her role is the implementation of the Apprenticeship agenda.

Anna has worked in Health for 15 years, holding a number of roles e.g. with the European Commission, the Department of Health, Health Protection Agency (Porton Down) before moving to HEE.

NHS

Joanne Nightingale

EKHUFT vision is to be a leading provider of hospital services and to improve health and wellbeing, for our patients and our staff. EKHUFT staff and patients are the stars of the NHS’s biggest ever recruitment campaign.

I am the Head Biomedical Scientist working in the pathology laboratories. We are the hidden workforce that analyse samples for disease and monitor diseases. My specialist interest relates to diseases diagnosed using blood. However pathology is comprised of disciplines that diagnose haematological and biochemical disease. We provide compatible blood and blood products for transfusion. We screen and advise on medicines for infection, and are involved with all cancer diagnosis.

Health care scientists are involved with 80% of patient diagnosis and compromise 5% of the NHS workforce. The NHS is the largest employer of scientists in the UK, and we have careers in physics, engineering and life sciences.

Organic P&O SOlutions
Organic P&O Solutions

Natasha Kearslake

Facilitating change that means people and organisations become more effective is at the heart of everything I do and I love it! I work with leadership and management through learning and development, providing outsourced HR services, including organisation design and recruitment.

A fully qualified HR professional (MCIPD) with in-depth knowledge and applied experience, strategic and operational, across the major HR disciplines; I support small and large organisations to bridge their unique gaps in education, talent, professional development and experience.

When individuals and teams are able to engage in creative dialogues in a safe, yet challenging space it becomes possible to nurture growth and maximise potential. Using a pragmatic yet creative approach works well for organisations and our organic approach has enabled and supported many leaders and teams to improve their business performance, through enhanced confidence and competence.

Portsmouth Council
Portsmouth City Council

Kate Brady

I work for Portsmouth City Council, a local authority and has 5769 employees. As a council, we’re passionate about providing great apprenticeships, both for our future workforce, and also to provide opportunities for local people and set the right examples to Portsmouth employers.

Apprentices are a key part of the future talent pipeline, and we’re increasingly using apprenticeships as a route into our vast array of professional roles, including surveyors, accountants, lawyers and, in the future, social workers and town planners.

By promoting apprenticeships, we have seen our under-25’s increase from 1.27% to 8.35% of the workforce, bringing new skills, energy and a fresh outlook to our business and how we deliver services.

Premier Foods

Julie Harris

Julie became Premier Foods’ Apprenticeship and Graduate Manager in 2017 in preparation for the management of the Apprenticeship Levy.  With a strong knowledge of the business and its people, having been a part of it since 2001, her focus has been on implementing a whole array of different apprenticeships across the business.  The company’s aim is to upskill existing talent and recruit new colleagues to support succession.  We have colleagues on apprenticeship programmes in engineering, IT, manufacturing, CI, HR, finance, administration, packaging technology, marketing and food science.  We’re committed to support apprenticeships so that talented individuals can ‘earn while they learn’.

Premier Foods has been part of the Trailblazer groups for the Food & Drink Standards and plays an active role in working with schools to raise awareness of working in the food industry which needs a pipeline of highly skilled new talent.

Resource Productions

Dominique Unsworth BEM

Dominique runs social enterprise ‘Resource Productions’, based in Slough, Berkshire and is the SME Apprenticeship Ambassador. She has worked in the Creative and Digital sectors, with young people and community groups for more than 20 years and was honoured for her services to young people, community groups and the Arts in 2014. Her passion for Apprenticeships arose from seeing first hand how taking on her first apprentice in 2008 led to the steady growth of her own organisation and the services they offer, whilst enabling more workforce diversity across the wider Creative Industries.

Slough ASPIRE
Slough Aspire

Fiona Jones

Fiona is Chief Executive of Slough Aspire CIC, an award-winning social enterprise and innovative training and events venue. Our social enterprise mission is to enable the local talent pool to develop skills relevant to local business. Slough Aspire hosts the Berkshire Apprenticeship Hub, a one stop shop for Berkshire’s business community on Apprenticeships. Fiona has extensive leadership experience and a multinational background across Europe, Asia and Latin America in HR and education within corporates and public and third sectors. A motivational people manager and operations specialist with the commercial acumen to design and implement innovative strategy to achieve business objectives, she excels in bringing together effective internal and inter-organizational teams and leading successful collaborative partnerships.

Siobhan Clarke

Siobhan was appointed to the Sub-Regional Chair role for Dorset and Solent and we warmly welcome her on board.

Siobhan is the Solent & Dorset Apprenticeship Ambassador Chair and HR Advisor (Apprentices) at Southampton City Council. She’s worked with apprentices in various capacities for over 8 years across both the public and private sectors including retail and professional services.

As an employer, Southampton City Council are currently utilising more than 25 different apprenticeship standards internally, ranging from Levels 2-7 and are steadily growing the number of apprentices on programme through both new starts and existing staff. We understand the value of apprenticeships for both retention and succession planning of our own workforce and hope to lead the way for Southampton based employers.

To support this, we are also helping local SME’s take advantage of the opportunities apprenticeships can bring via the levy transfer scheme and open applications regularly for SMEs to request a transfer from the Southampton City Council levy pot.

Superior Sealing
Superior Sealing

Ben Clarke

After completing my engineering apprenticeship I took up a role at Superior Seals and have worked in a variety of quality and manufacturing roles.  I didn’t realise an apprenticeship was an option when leaving school and it turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made, therefore I think it’s so important to promote the benefits of apprenticeships. Superior are an internationally recognised manufacturer of precision elastomeric o-rings, seals and special mouldings with approximately 200 employees; this family owned business has offices and manufacturing facilities in Ferndown, Dorset.  With its own Academy based on site, it offers apprenticeships to students as young as 16; apprentices learn about engineering, science and manufacturing and are all given the opportunity to gain a degree.  Superior has over 30 apprentices at different stages in their programme, including design, manufacturing, maintenance, quality, toolmaking and working in the laboratory.
Supplytrain

Maggie Fowler

Maggie founded SupplyTrain CIC in 2015. She had recently retired from a successful finance career in Higher and Further Education and wanted to help small businesses understand apprenticeships and the benefits they could bring. After talking to employers, it became clear there was a lot of bad advice and misconceptions about apprenticeships and how to access skills and support. SupplyTrain CIC was set up to address those concerns. Maggie takes no income from the company, using any fees paid for her services to support small businesses understand apprenticeships and work on any projects that improve the apprenticeship process. You can read more about her here.
Surrey Council
Surrey County Council

Gemma Neathey

Gemma works as part of Surrey County Council’s Learning and Skills team and one of their key commitments is around promoting apprenticeships to young people throughout the county. The Learning and Skills team are passionate about ensuring that young people are aware of all of the different options available to them post-16 so that they can make an informed decision about what to do when they leave school. They recognise the fantastic benefits that apprenticeships can bring to young people, including helping them to gain valuable skills and experience of the workplace and enabling them to earn while they learn. The team use their communication channels to raise awareness of apprenticeships amongst young people, parents, carers and practitioners and attend a number of local networks and meetings where they are a voice for apprenticeships.
WSCC
WSCC

Elizabeth Flegg

The County Council’s apprenticeship programme commenced in 2010 and since then has seen well over 400 starts.  We offer a broad range of apprenticeships across all our departments and our schools. Our apprenticeship levy contribution is significant and also subject to the public sector target.  We actively work with our schools to ensure they promote apprenticeships as a career pathway to their student.  We are actively promoting apprenticeships to them to enable their take up of this training for existing employees and to create more apprenticeships entry points for applicants. We have been an Ambassador since 2015 and keen to be part of the network to promote apprenticeships to more local employers and enable our economy to grow.