Darke & Taylor MD Simon Newton, who is Chairman of the Thames Valley Apprentice Ambassador Network for Employers, hosted the launch of the Thames Valley Young Apprentice Ambassador Network at Pinewood Studios on 3rd October 2018. Read the press release below to find out more:
On Wednesday 3rd October the Thames Valley region launched its Young Apprentice Ambassador Network (YAAN), part of a national initiative to develop a community of inspiring, driven apprentices and former apprentices who have chosen to share their apprenticeship story with others.
The Thames Valley YAAN will work closely with four other regions in the South East to grow and expand the apprenticeship programme by engaging with and providing information to young people, schools, teachers and parents and to champion apprenticeships and inspire other young people by describing their direct experience.
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.
Attendees included a diverse range of employers from across the region, all of whom are members of the well-established Thames Valley Apprenticeship Ambassador Network (AAN), representatives from all three Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in the region and most importantly a number of enthusiastic and driven young current and recent apprentices who are keen to share their story.
After some presentations and a buffet lunch, all the of the attendees took part in some 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 would can benefit from the amazing and diverse career opportunities that apprenticeships provide.
The day was a real success and a great opportunity for the network to gather some momentum. 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”
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.”
To find out more about how you can get involved, click the logo below to take you to the YAAN section of the Amazing Apprenticeships website: