Our Members

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Jill Coyle

Apprentice Programme Lead, Nestlé UK & Ireland

Jill joined Nestlé in 2014 as part of the Nestlé Academy team focusing on attracting, selecting and developing young talent.  Jill’s key focus has been shaping the company’s apprenticeship strategy and facilitating a more consistent approach across the UK.  Nestlé has played its part in developing a number of Trailblazer apprentice standards, specifically for the food and drink sector, as well as being a significant ambassador and advocate for apprenticeships.  Nestlé’s young talent actively engage with schools, colleges and careers events across the country, promoting the benefits of apprenticeships and a number of our current cohort are members of the Young Apprentice Ambassador Network.

Jill is the Co-chair of the Y&H Apprenticeship Ambassador Network.

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Katie Rankin

Early Careers & Future talent Specialist, Jet2

With over 10 years’ experience of managing qualifications and apprenticeship programmes within several industries, Katie now leads on the development of early careers and future talent programmes at Jet2.com and Jet2holidays. This includes schools’ engagement, work experience, apprenticeships, graduate programmes and further education/talent development. She enjoys developing new standards to support industry development and best practice sharing to promote apprenticeships as a way of supporting business development.

Katie is Co-chair of the Y&H Apprenticeship Ambassador Network.

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Frank Clayton MBE

Head of Group Learning & Development, NG Bailey

As head of learning and development, Frank is responsible for ensuring the successful delivery of NG Bailey’s existing award-winning programmes while ensuring he continues to build upon the company’s reputation for providing industry leading training and development.

Frank joined NG Bailey in 2012 as an apprentice training advisor where he was instrumental in implementing changes to the company’s apprenticeship delivery model and the subsequent increase in the number of programmes it runs. Prior to joining NG Bailey he spent 10 years at Wolesley UK in a number of learning and development related roles, including operations training manager where he was responsible for the day to day management of the business’s national apprenticeship programme and the on-going training requirements of its 15,000 employees.

Frank has more than 15 years’ experience in L&D related roles including work for a FTSE 100 business and time spent as an independent development consultant with several blue-chip companies.

 

Frank is an experienced ambassador and the former Chair of the Y&H Apprenticeship Ambassador Network.

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Suzie Moody

Learning & Development Manager, Zenith

As Learning & Development Manager my job is to manage and develop our apprenticeship programme, in its third year now and listed in 2018 as a Top 100 Apprentice employer. I’ve been at Zenith for 11 years and started as an administrator in account management. I’ve worked my way up and along the way found a passion for helping others help themselves. I love being able to see people move themselves out of their comfort zone and learn new things.

 

Outside of work I’m a Girl Guide leader working with the 14-26 age group, my favourite part is arranging camps here in the UK and abroad.

Suzie is a member of the YHAAN Steering Group.

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Julie Deeley

Director of Operations, EN:Able Futures CIC

Following 30+ years of working for DWP and Wakefield Council, Julie joined EN:Able Futures in 2015 and is now responsible for ensuring the company is successful in the delivery of all its projects.  Her key focus is to lead the development of the Shared Apprenticeship Service which employs apprentices directly, so all employment responsibilities remain with EN:Able Futures along with crucial pastoral, in-work and academic support to ensure achievement.

 

Julie, representing EN:Able Futures, played her part in shaping the consultation for the government’s new flexi-job apprenticeship programme having delivered exactly this service for 6 years.

Julie is a member of the YHAAN Steering Group.

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Craig Watson

Managing Director, Blackwatch Associates

Craig runs his own management consultancy supporting businesses across all sectors and has worked within the Education & Skills sector for 20 years where he held senior positions with both Colleges and National Training providers with responsibility for External Funding, Partnerships, Business Development, JCP Contracts/ Employability, Work Based Learning, Business Implementation and managing successful delivery of Apprenticeship programmes.

 

He has a passion for Apprenticeships and Training having gained all his qualifications vocationally. As part of the Y&H AAN Steering Group he supports the region by linking with the ESFA, aligning activities to meet the Business Plan objectives and develops relationships with local LEPs/ careers hubs  & sector bodies to promote interaction across the region.

 

Craig worked on the National AAN refresh with the Employer & Strategic Networks team within NAS where he supported the 9 Regional networks.

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Vicky Wright

Project Manager – The Apprenticeship Hub

Vicky is the Project Manager for The Apprenticeship Hub, which is a service aimed at Small to Medium Employers that are based in York, North Yorkshire and East Riding, offering free and impartial apprenticeship advice and support. Vicky has worked in the Public Sector for the past 5 years delivering a number of funded skills and business support programmes. Prior to that she worked in the Private Sector for a construction training provider for 9 years, and within the retail industry for 8 years.
Vicky is passionate about workforce skills development and encouraging employer uptake of apprenticeships.

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Alex Miles

Managing Director, West Yorkshire Learning Providers

Alex is the Managing Director of the West Yorkshire provider network and a consultant in the FE sector helping training organisations to maintain & improve their quality, performance, leadership & management, safeguarding and compliance arrangements.

She is passionate about education & training, especially apprenticeships and ensuring young people & adults can access opportunities to further develop themselves, gain skills and experiences that allow them to become more employable, successful and beneficial contributors to our society. 

Alex works with a range of employer networks & schools across Yorkshire to promote the benefits of apprenticeships and skill development and is committed to improving the apprenticeship brand and employer take up. 

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Rachel Haldenby

Funeral and Life Planning Apprenticeships Coach

Ray is an apprenticeship coach at Co-op Funeralcare, delivering a L2 Team Member Standard to both Funeral Arrangers and Funeral Service Crew, and a L3 Standard to Funeral Directors. She is also currently enrolled on a L5 Apprenticeship Standard for L&D Consultant and Business Partner.

 

Ray has worked in L&D for 8 years and is passionate about the use of Apprenticeship to upskill and motivate the workforce.

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Steve Laugher

Learning and Development Specialist - Europe and EEMEA, Croda International

I work as and L&D Business Partner to help country and site directors and managers identify, develop, source and provide training and development including advising on Apprenticeships. Croda is a global company with manufacturing sites a and sales offices world wide. Our Head office is in the UK where we also have our Marketing, UK sales and global operations. We have four manufacturing sites in the UK. I am new to the  Ambassadors Network but have been advocating for Croda apprentices and young trainees. We typically take on around 20 apprentices a year, but this will increase under the new Apprenticeship schemes.

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Robert Watts, Chartered MCIPD

European Apprenticeship & Talent Programme Manager & Global University Relations, Covance

Joining Covance in August 2017 his remit includes UK Apprenticeships, Global University relations and European wide student placements and internships. He previously worked in both the private and public sector in fields as wide as Aerospace Engineering, Health Care and FMCG. This gives him a wide range of experiences from across different industries to draw upon and an understanding of the different impacts that Apprenticeships can have on a business and the way in which they can be used.

Robert has been instrumental in implementing Apprenticeship and development programs within his various roles leading to Highly Commended CIPD Awards, Top Student and Graduate recruitment statuses for the Water Industry, Top 100 Apprenticeships Employer and EY Futures Young People Awards 2017 Employer Partner of the Year. Robert is passionate about raising the profile of Apprenticeships and Aspirations of people Across Yorkshire & Humber.

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Kelly Woods

Support Manager, Leadership Academy - NHS England and NHS Improvement

Kelly has more than 15 years experience working within people and organisation development, and has recently completed a Senior Leadership Masters Degree Apprenticeship at Huddersfield University. She values apprenticeships for early career route entry and sees the potential they can provide to people to enable them to progress within their careers. She would like to support people to know more about the value of being, and having an apprentice and the vast amount of careers which are on offer within the NHS.

Kelly works at the NHS Leadership Academy developing talent and future NHS leaders on the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme.

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Emma Law

Learning & Development Business Partner, YPO

Emma has worked for YPO since 2014, starting as a performance coach and then moving to L&D Business Partner. She started supporting young talent in 2018 and now oversees YPO’s apprentice programme, including supporting local schools and events promoting the value of apprenticeships.

Emma is responsible for the recruitment and onboarding of apprentices, as well as providing support and additional off-the-job training, coaching and development. She has driven changes and improvements to the programme including expanding the types of apprenticeship offered, working with line managers to ensure the apprentices have opportunities for a broad range of development within their roles and also developing YPO’s ‘Apprentice Pathway’, a suite of training workshops to build the apprentices soft skills to complement their roles and prepare them for their future careers

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Kate Radonanovic

Learning and Development Manager, WDH

Kate oversees WDH’s apprenticeship programme which includes both office based and construction roles.  Since 2005 Kate has recruited 139 apprentices with 97% of apprentices completing their framework and obtaining a permanent qualified role with WDH.  Kate constantly reviews the training providers to ensure the best quality programmes for both new apprentices and existing employees wishing to develop their skills and knowledge. WDH also delivers a wider programme to support young people in their career including apprentice forums and a residential programme to ensure that they understand and develop their WDH DNA (Determination, Nous and Attitude).

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Mike Denby

Economic Growth Service Manager, Wakefield Council

Mike is currently leading the economic growth and inward investment team at Wakefield Council, holding the position since 2013. Mike is responsible for leading Wakefield Economic Strategy and engaging the Wakefield business community to encourage inward investment, business start-ups, economic growth, jobs and careers and the upskilling of Wakefield’s workforce.

Previously, Mike was employed as the Head of Employer Engagement at British Land's CSR project The Source. After joining The Source in 2003, Mike was responsible for leading the employer engagement strategy, supporting businesses to up-skill and retain their workforce, making them an ‘Employer of Choice’. During this time Mike secured national Apprenticeship contracts with retailers including Debenhams, Republic, CEF and Café Nero.

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Jan Richardson-Wilde

Chief Executive Officer, Occupational Awards Ltd.

Jan is the CEO of Occupational Awards Limited and manages all aspects of its operations including the development and delivery teams for qualifications and Apprenticeship standards.  She has over 30 years’ experience of the strategic and operational management of apprenticeship and other training programmes with work-based learning providers and private, public and voluntary sector training organisations.  She has extensive experience of quality delivery and improvement along with product and curriculum development.

Jan is committed to continuous improvement and passionate about improving the effectiveness and quality of apprenticeships and education and training.  She has a wide range of experience of working in a collaborative context with employers and training providers to develop End Point Assessment, apprenticeship and vocational programmes. 

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Kathryn Marshall

Senior Manager for Apprenticeships, Lloyds Banking Group

As Senior Manager for Apprenticeships, Kathryn is responsible for ensuring the successful delivery of apprenticeship programmes offered across Lloyds Banking Group.  Managing a diverse range of apprenticeships including Financial Services, Relationship Management, Software Engineer and a range of Leadership programmes from Level 3 to Level 7, Kathryn works closely with Training Providers and business stakeholders to maintain a high level of quality.

Kathryn has 15 years of experience working in learning and development and talent management.  Prior to that, she has held a number of operational roles. Kathryn is keen to be a member of the Yorkshire and Humber Apprentice Ambassador Network and welcomes the opportunity to promote the benefits of apprenticeships across different industries.

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Siobhan Bradley

Employee Apprenticeship Programme Manager, Pearson

Siobhan has over 20 years of educational sector experience, with a specialism in employer training and apprenticeships since 2011. She is committed to helping people fulfil their potential and looking at new ways to support the learner experience.  Prior to joining Pearson in 2020, Siobhan had 14 years of experience working for local government, supporting a number of large employers in early career and apprenticeship training programmes.

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Emily Fraser

Apprenticeship Delivery Specialist, Anglo American

Emily is a passionate Cyber Security Professional with over 20 years of experience in cyber security, gained during her time in the British Army. She trains Anglo American Cyber Security Apprentices in a Level 4 Diploma. With both training provider and employer responsibilities, Emily is passionate about developing the next generation of cyber security professionals as they bring their new skills and fresh perspectives to the workplace. Based in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, her hobbies include open-water swimming and cycling.

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Nikita Seabright

Apprenticeship & Training  Manager, Syngenta

Nikita has had a fantastic career working with young talent and apprenticeships over the past 11 years and she has loved every day!  She feels exceptionally lucky to have a job in which she loves!

One of the main reasons Nikita loves what she does is due to each and every apprentice that she works with. A career in Learning and development is very rewarding; to see young talent develop and gain experience/skills as they grow within the organisation.

Apprentices joining Syngenta arrive with the drive and passion to work hard, they have a genuine interest in the work they are involved in and want to learn as much knowledge from their colleagues and apprentice champions as possible. It is very rewarding to be a part of the start of their career journey and being there to help support and direct them onto a successful path.

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Helen Grantham

Director, Entwyne

With a background in manufacturing and local government I have been involved with the promotion of apprenticeships for over 30 years. I have run apprenticeship programmes, worked with colleges to develop the offer, been involved in judging for national awards and mentored many apprentices over this time.

I became an Ambassador whilst working with Wakefield Council and represent the Yorkshire and Humber Apprenticeship Ambassador Network on the Employment and Skills Group Advisory Group of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership.

Being an Ambassador helps me to connect people to make the most of the opportunities available, and I am just passionate about it!

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Robert Farrell

Training Cell Team Leader Reliance Precision Limited

Robert completed an EITB Mechanical Engineering apprenticeship at Reliance Precision in 1989 specialising in Manual Turning and Manual Milling. He spent several years working in the CNC Turning and CNC Milling Departments manufacturing precision components for a variety of customers in the medical, aerospace and defence sectors.

In addition to this he has enhanced my range of skills working in a variety of company based disciplines including prototype work, team leader duties, operations support, internal auditing, sub-contractor management, Health and Safety Management and Apprentice Training where he currently manages the apprenticeship scheme and trains their first year apprentices in a range of mechanical engineering development disciplines.

The company Training Cell delivers EAL based qualifications in partnership with Kirklees College and is an Approved Assessment Centre. In addition to this the scheme is approved by the IMechE and IET.

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Rebecca Craven

Development Coach, Apprentify

Rebecca started working as an apprentice trainer and assessor in 2015 and discovered where her true passion and skills lie- in working with those wanting to start or develop their own marketing careers.

She loves the variety of different apprentices, job roles and employers, which all bring something unique to the dynamic of a successful apprenticeship qualification.  Rebecca has worked for large and small training providers and a local college.

In 2019 she had the opportunity to accompany apprentices to Yorkshire and Humber’s regional event for the National Apprenticeship Awards and then also the London finals.  The stories were inspiring, as were YAAN members who shared their experiences.

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Phillippa Hobby

Business Support Manager, Fera Science Ltd

Fera, based in York, is a national and international centre of excellence for interdisciplinary investigation and problem solving across plant and bee health, crop protection, sustainable agriculture, food and feed quality and chemical safety in the environment.  Fera Science is proof that apprenticeships harness new talent that bring innovative ideas, enabling us to continue to deliver our world-class science, whilst also developing the next generation of scientists.  Recruiting talent through apprenticeships is central to our growth strategy. 

 

In recognition of the commitment by Fera to its apprenticeship programme, they won Large Employer of the Year in 2017 at the York Apprenticeship Awards.  Philippa is the Business Support Manager  and has worked at Fera for the last five years, since 2016  she has worked within the Business Change Team, and focuses on progressing the recruitment strategy within Fera, which includes the Fera Apprenticeship programme and developing the recruitment pipeline for their current and future opportunities.

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Carolyn Johnson

Managing Director, Language is Everything

Born and educated in Carlisle, Carolyn has 30 years’ experience of managing people and developing their skills. She has a keen interest in getting the best out of people and moved into a training role, specialising in retail security before going on to develop and deliver staff training packages throughout the UK.

In 1995 she joined the Hull based telephone interpreting specialists, Language is Everything where she is now the owner and Managing Director. Carolyn is passionate about Hull and the East Riding; she is a past president of the Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce and in 2010 was awarded an MBE for service to business in Yorkshire and the Humber.  

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Kerrie Talbot

Apprenticeship & Development Manager, DB Cargo Ltd

Kerrie started her career on the Railway 21 years ago. With DB Cargo she designed the internal Apprenticeship programme for Technical Trainee Managers and was also part of the Trailblazer for the Level 3 'Train Driver Apprenticeship'. She chairs the Rail Delivery Group Learning and Development meeting, which brings colleagues from across the Industry together to review, share and deliver best practice. 

 

Kerrie is passionate about Learning and Development and wants to see Apprenticeships as an alternative option to University. Apprenticeships offer the learner a more practical approach to learning so as part of the AAN she promotes the benefits of Apprenticeships and educates schools, parents and businesses on the advantages that apprenticeships can bring.

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Tracey Dawson

Managing Director, Daletech Electronics Ltd

I'm an incredibly passionate advocate of changing the perception and raising the profile of British Manufacturing - especially for the next generation - who are the future of manufacturing here in the UK.  It's an incredibly exciting time for British Manufacturing, a time of change, evolution and rejuvenation of the sector.

In July 2017 I graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10KSBUK programme which has been pivotal in helping us on our growth trajectory. Being the Managing Director of Daletech Electronics, one of the most renowned niche manufacturing companies in Leeds, and with 30 years' experience working in the electronics manufacturing industry, it is my duty and honour to back calls for more to be done to encourage young people to get into the region’s sector.

We are part of the Leeds Manufacturing Alliance, and have been involved in the organisation of the Leeds Manufacturing Festival - an incredibly dynamic and successful event that brought Manufacturing front and centre for both students and corporates in Yorkshire.

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Kristi Clark

Training Co-ordinator, Croda Europe

Kristi has worked with apprentices for 18 years across a number of different areas and is a strong believer in apprenticeships, having witnessed firsthand their full benefits. Through her career she has been involved with recruitment, teaching, assessing and internal verification of apprenticeships as both a quality improvement manager and as a training manager. in her role with Croda she is responsible for managing the training on-site a slightly different role, however, her past experience has come in useful when looking at competency requirements for company apprentices.

the benefit of apprenticeships to Croda is a workforce that has the qualifications to carry out their jobs efficiently along with the ability to work with others and develop personally. happy staff result in better productivity. Croda prides themselves on a low turn over of staff and employ apprentices to keep them, give them the opportunity to be a part of something bigger and encourage them to be the best they can be with support and training.

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Sam Dane

HR & Talent Advisor, Plexus Law

As HR & Talent Advisor for Plexus Law Sam manages the various legal and business services apprenticeship schemes through from level 3 to the level 7 Solicitor apprenticeships. The apprenticeship scheme at Plexus Law started in 2012 and to date they have recruited over 116 apprentices and have a retention rate of 89%. They have over 9 different apprenticeships across 5 of our offices. Plexus Law won Damar Training’s ‘Employer of the Year Award’ in 2018 and were shortlisted for the 2018 CIPD People Management Awards for ‘Best Apprenticeship Scheme’.

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Libby Megson

HR Services Manager, Leeds City Council

Having started working life with Leeds City Council as a Graduate 17 years ago, Libby took the opportunity to progress through a career development scheme. Studying alongside working, she was able to pursue her chosen career in HR and having attended one of the Council’s target schools, is living proof of the fantastic opportunities that Local Government can offer and the great support they can provide. Starting out in the Corporate Centre,

 

Libby has had a varied career providing HR support and advice to a wide span of Council services and has now been driving and shaping the Apprenticeship programme for the Authority for the last 3 years.

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Scott Acklam

Learning & Development  Manager, FGH

Scott is the the Learning & Development Manager for Freemans Grattan Holdings Ltd (FGH) and has worked within the area of Learning and Development since 2004.  His career has taken him into the retail, manufacturing and logistics sectors where he has been responsible for apprenticeships, graduate programmes and the wider corporate L&D agenda.  Passionate about seeing jobs turn into careers, he believes the effective use of apprenticeships within business can enhance team skill sets delivering results for both the learners involved and the Company they work for.

 

Starting at FGH in 2017 he built the L&D approach for the business and has successfully introduced apprenticeships to complement the L&D offer and to utilise their levy.  He is looking forward to working within the Y&H Apprenticeship Ambassador Network.

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Christian Pullman

Supply Chain & Logistics Manager, TT Electronics

Christian has worked for TT Electronics for 3 years, progressing through the company to his current role of Supply Chain & Logistics Manager. In his role he is responsible for the purchasing, planning, customer service & logistic departments. At TT they strongly believe in developing talent for the future and currently have 12 apprentices working in Sheffield, which equates to over 10% of the total workforce. When a position comes available they always consider 'can this role be filled by an apprentice?'

 

After undergoing an apprenticeship, himself, he is passionate about the benefits of apprenticeships and the impact it can have to someone’s career. Apprenticeships are a fantastic alternative to the university route; gain a qualification while gaining real life work experience!

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Becky Dickinson

People Specialist - Apprenticeships & Talent, Morrisons Training

Becky works as part of a team of 2 managing over 600 apprentices across all areas of the Morrisons’ business from Retail, Manufacturing and Logistics to IT and Construction. She is passionate about helping and developing others and has over 15 years of experience in Learning and Development. She enjoys travel and adventures and regularly combines the two.

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Sara Wilcock

HR Director, People 4 People

Sara is a CIPD qualified, experienced HR Director with the passion for developing, supporting and growing people so that they can succeed to the next level. She is constantly developing her knowledge and skills and is also a CPC Transport Manager (Road Haulage).   Earlier this year Sara became a Mental Health First Aider so that she can help people. 

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Nicholas Fisher

Human Resources Manager, LEW Electrical Distributiors Ltd

LEW Electrical Distributors is one of the UK's leading independent electrical wholesaler. Nick provides the HR function for over 11 branches spanning across the Yorkshire and Humber region. He has a passion for driving the benefits of quality apprenticeship pathways and has a real focus on ensuring apprentices are supported in the work environment. Nick works in partnership with multiple agencies such as education providers and local employers to provide support, guidance and mentoring to individuals on local opportunities, apprenticeship pathways and employment opportunities. 

Nick believes that apprentices offer real benefits to organisations and they are fundamental in achieving organisational success. Furthermore, creating more opportunities for local residents striving to succeed in both their professional and personal goals, Apprenticeships provide a real gateway for change, growth and success.

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Michelle Saville

Human Resources Director, Kwiktuf Ltd

Michelle joined KwikTuf Ltd in 2005, when the company began.  KwikTuf Ltd has two manufacturing sites in Hull, producing a range of glass and safety glass products, such as Double Glazed Units, Balustrade and Balcony Panels, Splash-backs, Mirrors and Shelving.

Michelle has 30 years experience in HR and Health and Safety but is new to the Ambassadors Network.  KwikTuf Ltd currently employ around 110 staff, 10 of whom have joined the company via their apprenticeship programme over the last 5 years.  The company aims to create at least two new apprentice positions each year but is also focusing on apprenticeship programmes and up-skilling for its existing workforce.