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 the Chair of the Y&H Apprenticeship Ambassador Network.
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 an experienced ambassador and is part of the YHAAN Steering Group.
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.
Business Plan Project Manager, Y&H AAN
Craig has worked within the Education & Skills sector for 20 years where he has held senior positions with both Colleges and National Training providers being responsible 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 with aligning activities to meet the Business Plan objectives and works with local LEPs and sector bodies to promote interaction across the region.
Working as a consultant he supported the 9 Regional networks to produce their own Business Plans to support local growth, as part of the Employer & Strategic Networks team within NAS.
Lead Apprenticeship Programme Manager, Syngenta
Ian started working on site in 1977 as an engineering apprentice and has subsequently worked in a variety of roles and departments including manufacturing, design, process technology, learning & development and for the last 6 years has developed/ managed the Science Manufacturing and Science apprenticeship programmes. This year he took on the lead apprenticeship management role overseeing all of Syngenta’s apprenticeship programmes. Ian collaborates with key stakeholders including local college providers, local council, schools, universities, careers organisations and other companies, to establish a robust apprenticeship provision for our sector within the region.
Ian is a member of the YHAAN Steering Group.
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 a member of the YHAAN Steering Group.
Senior Recruitment & Development Specialist, WSP
Working as part of the Early Careers team, Sarah leads on WSP's recruitment and development for their Apprentice and Undergraduate programmes in the UK. This role looks at the full recruitment lifecycle for our apprenticeships, from marketing and attraction through to selection and onboarding, and is then responsible for oversight of the development programme supporting and training our Apprentice colleagues throughout their first years with the business.
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.
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.
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.
Talent & Development Manager, Greencore
Joining Greencore in September 2019, Nova’s remit includes Future Talent development programmes, which, predominantly involves Apprenticeships. Having worked with apprentices across Retail, Manufacturing and Engineering sectors for a number of years she has experienced both the highs and the lows of apprenticeship provision and she is a keen advocate for taking the ‘earn as you learn’ alternative to University.
As one of the UKs leading food manufacturers, Greencore employ over 11,000 colleagues and deliver apprenticeships over a wide variety of standards aligned to the business strategy - this is something that Nova is particularly passionate about. Supporting the organisation to plug skills gaps, plan for attrition and ensure business resilience through the strong succession pipeline apprenticeships provide gets her out of bed in the morning and the AAN provides a sound platform to shout about the great opportunities’ apprenticeships can provide.
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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.
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
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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Talent Management Lead, North Yorkshire Police
As a Talent Management Lead; I’m just a few months into this new and challenging position. My role involves proactively anticipating talent needs, developing and implementing NYP’s talent management programmes, and as a result, developing a strong pipeline of talent.
In some ways we’re right at the beginning of our journey with apprenticeships and there is still great work ahead of us. Our vision is for apprenticeships within the Force to be seen and valued as high quality pathways to successful careers, providing opportunities for new and existing employees to develop, which undoubtedly will assist the Force in meeting its current and future skills needs.
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.
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.
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.
A registered Nurse with over 20 years clinical experience at LTHT, Ash moved into a corporate role in 2013 as part of LTHT’s Nursing & Midwifery Workforce and Education Team. There, she used her operational knowledge to support with recruitment to the nursing workforce. In this role she first engaged with Apprenticeships as a valuable mechanism for supporting staff to get quality training.
Ash then moved into the Organisational Learning Team in HR and supports the Trusts vision of being the employer of choice by expanding opportunities for Apprenticeships across the Trust. Her strategic oversight at LTHT and position within the West Yorkshire & Harrogate Excellence Centre, allow her to use her role to shape the recruitment, training and development opportunities for support staff across the West Yorkshire & Harrogate region.
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’.
Calderdale Council started recruiting apprentices in 2011; in 2012 I was recruited into their second cohort as a Business Admin apprentice. After working in several roles, I am now in the Organisational Development team and I lead on apprenticeships including the recruitment, development and retention. Within my role I am an active ambassador for apprenticeships and often talk at schools and job fairs about the range of apprenticeships that are on offer. I really wanted to be part of the Yorkshire and Humber ambassador network to talk with likeminded professionals and share best practice across the region, I look forward to working with and supporting local people in this exciting time for apprenticeships.
Paul is Bradford born and bred and has been in manufacturing since 1981. He is a time served engineer completing his apprenticeship in 1985 at Renold Gears in Bradford while attending Bradford College on day release, being one of the first apprentices in the UK to complete the CNC programming modules. He has led teams in the textile and medical design fields achieving his first directorship in 2005 before moving to the aerospace industry with Produmax in 2012.
His principal interests include business transformation, culture change and lean manufacturing; Produmax has recently undergone many changes working with Sharing in Growth and making significant local investments allowing products to be transferred from off shore to UK manufacture.
Being an active champion of youth engagement, Paul serves on the Advanced Manufacturing Engineering board of Keighley College and is Vice Chair of the Centre of Excellence: Science, the Environment and Technology; CE:SET, believing that young people are the key to the future.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Emerging Talent Business Partner, Eversheds - Sutherland
James sits within the Emerging Talent Team at Eversheds Sutherland and looks after both graduate and apprenticeship routes into the firm. They have a range of apprentices from Level 2 to Level 7 across the country. James also manages the firm’s Year 12 work experience programme with 100 students coming through each year.
Prior to that, James helped set up the apprenticeship scheme at Plexus Law back in 2012. He also sits on the Solicitor Apprenticeship & Legal Technology Apprenticeship Steering Group.
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.
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.
Service Director, GCI Group
Rachael started her career in IT at a young age by joining the Royal Signals, British Army. Spanning a 14-year career, she gained a significant amount of experience and skills on a wide range of ICT technologies. On leaving the forces and moving into the private commercial sector, Rachael took on the role as Service Director within GCI.
The one thing that Rachael is extremely proud of is how she has built teams who provide operational excellence in order to meet the challenges of sector. This has been achieved by creating an inclusive, informed, focused working environment. Critical to the business’s success is their focus in supporting apprentices and creating career paths that support continual growth and career longevity, they have created a culture where teamwork is key to success.
Senior Learning & Development Manager, Benenden Health
Lee has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry and for the last 20 years within Learning and Development where he is now the Senior L&D Manager at Benenden Health based in York. Lee’s work varies from planning learning and development programmes ranging from customer service and sales inductions to leadership development and cultural change. He really enjoys helping people to develop and support them in achieving their goals and ambitions either through coaching, mentoring or sourcing training solutions.
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.