October 2018 was a busy month for the SE Young Apprenticeship Ambassador Network (YAAN) with two sub regions launching their networks.
The first was the Enterprise M3 YAAN launch which took place at Bordon Future Skills Centre in Hampshire on 2 October 2018. Eleven very positive and enthusiastic Young Ambassadors attended, keen to start promoting Apprenticeships to young people. It was clear that they all had great stories to tell and share with others to promote the benefits and opportunities apprenticeships provide.
The next day the Thames Valley sub region also launched its Young Apprentice Ambassador Network (YAAN). Over 30 people attended the event which was held in the magnificent setting of the two wood panelled boardrooms within the 19th Century Heatherden Hall which is in the heart of the world-famous Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire.
All attendees at both launches took part in workshop sessions to come up with inspirational phrases to help promote apprenticeships and to work on ideas as to how the YAAN can spread the word to those who could benefit from the amazing and diverse career opportunities that apprenticeships provide.
Luke Pearce, an apprentice at IBM, who has been appointed the Chair for the Thames Valley YAAN said “it was a fantastic launch and really helped me to understand not only what we are trying to achieve collectively, but also the other organisations that we can reach out to and combine our efforts with”.
Both of these networks will now work closely with the three other YAAN networks in the South East to grow and expand the apprenticeship programme by engaging with young people, schools, teachers and parents to champion apprenticeships and inspire other young people by describing their direct experience.
Simon Newton, MD of Darke & Taylor and Chair of the Thames Valley employers AAN, said “as a network of employers and Local Enterprise Partnerships we have been working closely for a number of years to help promote apprenticeships and we know that the YAAN will be a really important movement for championing apprenticeships. It was fantastic to have a number of really talented and current and recent apprentices at the launch, passionate about their careers and all with great ideas as to how we can increase engagement with young people, their families, schools and employers.”