Young 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. 

Trevor MacAlonan
Hampshire County Council

Trevor MacAlonan

Trevor is an apprenticeship Development Manager for Hampshire County Council, leading on the corporate apprenticeship programme for council departments. Trevor works in the apprenticeship team alongside Claire Allen, apprenticeship Development Manager for Hampshire Schools and Stacey Allan, Apprenticeship Adviser.

The team is responsible for growing the apprenticeship programme, providing expertise and practical support for leaders, managers, staff and apprentices, across a diverse and vast range of apprenticeship areas and specialisms. Day to day activities include end to end commissioning and contract management of apprenticeship training provision, marketing and communication, running events and celebrations, planning and delivering on corporate strategic objectives, and working alongside networks and stakeholders.

The energetic team prides itself on its skilled and responsive communications, and dedication to people at all levels of the organisation, to help and support them with everything from simple apprenticeship questions to developing partnership work for cross organisation and council programmes.   

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.