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Jill Coyle

Apprenticeship Manager, 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

Emerging Talent & Careers Manager, 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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Suzie Moody

Learning & Development Manager, Zenith

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

 

Outside of work she is 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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Alice Marren

Learning and Development Partner, Arco 

Alice has worked in Learning and Development for just over 12 years now, but is quite new to managing the apprenticeship scheme at Arco. Alice has a real passion for people and their development, so has relished the opportunity to take this on as part of her role.

Alice is a member of the Y&HAAN Steering Group

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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.

Vicky 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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Nick Galicia

Talent Programmes Lead, Zenith

Nick is responsible for managing Zenith’s early career programmes (including the apprenticeship scheme) and school engagements. He has been at the company for more than four years, starting as an administrator before moving into the learning and development team as talent programmes lead.

 

During his time at Zenith, he has been an active mentor to apprentices, helping to organise skill-based activities and visiting career fairs and schools to encourage apprenticeship take up. Nick is passionate about education and believes that with the right level of support, anyone can be the best version of themselves and become future leaders.

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Kim Walsh

Apprenticeships Manager, Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Kim is Apprenticeships Manager at the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust. The Trust has around 600 apprentices across a range of apprenticeships from Level 2 to Level 7. The Trust is an Employer-Provider for Ambulance Support Worker Level 3 and Associate Ambulance Practitioner Level 4 standards. Ranked number 36 in the 2023 ‘Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers’, the Yorkshire Ambulance Service also achieved a ‘Good with Outstanding features’ OFSTED in June 2023.

Kim has worked in apprenticeships since the levy was introduced in 2017 and has experience in managing employer-provider and provider-led apprenticeships programmes.

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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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Sarah Hunt

People Development Adviser, Calderdale Council

Sarah has worked for Calderdale Council for over 20 years in various job roles.  She is part of a small team of advisers who work with apprentices from recruitment to completion of apprenticeship qualifications.  During an apprentice’s time on programme with Calderdale, we support our apprentices by having regular reviews with the apprentice and their manager.  These are additional to the reviews which take place with the training provider.  The meetings offer the opportunity for the apprentice and/or their manager to raise any concerns relating to the training or the training provider.  The team will get in touch with the relevant training officer to establish how those concerns can be resolved.

Calderdale generally has good working relationships with the providers we contract with and meet with the majority of them on a regular basis for updates on progress.

The team attend careers fairs at schools and host drop-in sessions when apprentice roles are advertised so that prospective applicants can come along and find out further details relating to the job role,  expectations around the offer and general information relating to working for a local authority.

Prior to working for Calderdale, Sarah worked for 2 private training organisations, delivering training, fulfilling the role of a training officer and assessing and verifying portfolios.

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Eve McIntosh

Apprenticeship Account Manager, Catch UK

Eve joined CATCH in April 2022 as the Apprenticeship Account Manager and has a passion for helping people reach their potential. Eve started her career as an apprentice in business administration and went on to complete a business management degree through Hull University, she gained valuable knowledge and skills that have prepared her for a successful career in the business world. Eve enjoys working with young people, seeing them succeed and develop skills that will last them a lifetime.

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Lee Firth

Academy Manager, ITM Power

Lee has over 20 years experience in the delivery, support and management of Apprenticeships and schemes across a range of sectors and specialisms, Starting his own Apprenticeship upon leaving school at 16 he has experienced first-hand the benefits that Apprenticeships bring. Lee is pro-active in the promotion of STEM and the links to potential career pathways, he has also chaired and supported various Apprenticeship trailblazer groups.

 

Lee said “The main job satisfaction for me in my role is supporting and observing the development of individuals through Apprenticeships and observing how this can be a springboard to having a very bright career and future. From a personal level I am immensely proud also that two of my own children are following an Apprentice pathway just like I did all those years ago…..”

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Lee Harrison

Apprenticeship Development Manager, RSPCA

Lee joined the RSPCA in February 2023 as Apprenticeship Development Manager. After leaving the Armed Forces in January 2010 he worked in Further Education for 13 years, during that time he worked at a senior level in a number of organisations that provided training, apprenticeships and adult education in a wide variety of sectors.

He loves that as an organisation, they can offer so many people the chance to develop through early career programmes and apprenticeships and as a team they are working hard to ensure they utilise these effectively. Lee is keen to support the development and attraction of a more diverse workforce through early careers and apprenticeship recruitment.

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Rebecca Darch

SC Learning & Development Consultant UK, Arla Foods

Rebecca has worked within the apprenticeship industry for over 15 years with direct experience of leading and managing various large, multifaceted organisations Business development and Management.

Her journey started as an FE tutor progressing to assessor, IQA and senior manager, working with several colleges and independent training providers over the years before working with large employers to share her knowledge and skills from within the industry developed over time.

 

Rebecca is fiercely passionate about apprenticeships and believes we should celebrate the hard work and success of all apprentices and their employers at every given opportunity. She believes the apprenticeship industry will provide our future leaders and feels delighted to play a small part their journey.

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Samantha Ibison

Apprenticeship and Widening Participation Lead, Leeds & York Partnership NHS

Sam has 17 years’ experience of working within the NHS. She currently leads apprenticeships and widening and participation within a mental health and learning disability Trust. She has responsibility for a range of clinical and corporate apprenticeships in an organisation of approximately 3500 employees.

Prior to this, she worked within Pathology services as a Training Manager between 2016 and 2022, where she had responsibility for apprenticeships in Healthcare Science (Life Sciences) and broader placement provision. She has experience of implementing T-level placements and apprenticeships at Levels 2, 4 and 6. She is also a keen advocate of schools engagement.

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Claire Perkins

Group Academy Manager, Stoneacre Academy

Claire is Group Academy Manager for Stoneacre Motor Group and manages the training and recruitment division across the Group. She successfully set up Stoneacre as an Ofsted training school to deliver within the FE sector predominately delivering apprenticeships and national vocational qualifications.

Stoneacre Academy was one of the first Automotive Companies in the UK to have its own school and has consistently surpassed the national benchmarks relating to retention, achievement and success rates and won the ‘Automotive Management Award for the best training and development programme 2017. Claire was a finalist, in 2021, for Automotive woman of the year.

 

Claire has worked in FE & Skills for over 15 years, across Further Education and Work-based learning as a teacher, assessor, curriculum leader, operations manager and has set up a previous provider.  

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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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Fiona Gamwell

Communications Officer, Hudson Contract

Hudson Contract’s own apprentice sponsorship initiative started in 2011.  Since then the scheme has helped more than 200 construction firms take on apprentices around Bridlington, Scarborough and the East Coast.
Fiona works with local training providers, schools, employers and would-be apprentices to help them navigate the minefield of funding, finding work placements and promoting construction as a trade.
Recognising the time pressures on construction SME’s Hudson Contract has developed a website (www.constructionapprenticeships.co.uk) to provide clear and simple answers to the questions most commonly asked about apprenticeships.

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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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Ava Garcia

Early Career and Apprentice Advisor, Plexus Law

Ava has been in legal practice for 20 years and in legal education for 15 years. She manages the various legal and business services apprenticeship schemes from level 3 to the level 7 Solicitor apprenticeships at Plexus Law. The apprenticeship scheme started in 2012 and they have over 9 different apprenticeships across 5 of their offices.

Ava openly advocates the benefits of undertaking an apprenticeship, including the rich and rewarding experiences an apprenticeship has to offer. She is very enthusiastic about her role at Plexus and sees her remit to include the nurturing, support, guidance and development of all apprentices within the company.

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Sue Hill

Apprenticeship and Employability Manager, Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust

Sue is LTHT’s Apprenticeship & Employability Manager, appointed in September 2022. While being relatively new to the NHS Sue has a lengthy background working in adult social care, managing services for adults with learning disabilities before moving into learning and development. She spent a lot of years as Head of Organisational Development, covering all aspects of organisational learning, including apprenticeships, having helped her previous employer to number 11 in the Top 100 Apprenticeships awards. In her new role she is concentrating on apprenticeships and employability and is keen to support other organisations through Levy transfers.

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Allison Christie

Learning & Development Manager, Swift Academy

Allison is  the Learning and Development Manager at Swift Group leading a team of 5 technical trainers and a business administrator apprentice. Together they are responsible for the learning and development of 1300 staff members. This year they are relaunching our apprenticeship programme and will be taking on 50 on-site L3 Engineer fitter apprentices and L2 engineering operations apprentices giving them a grand total of 74. Allison is responsible for developing the programme and is working towards a full relaunch of the scheme.

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Oliver Rial

Technical Training Specialist, Swift Academy

Oliver has worked in the manufacturing industry since leaving school, starting his career as an apprentice at BAE Systems. He spent 14 years in the plastics industry, working in several areas before settling in to the role of Product Development Engineer. He has worked for Swift as a Technical Training Specialist since April 2021 and is part of a L&D team of 7 people.

The team is responsible for all aspects of training required within the business. Oliver’s main responsibility is the management and development of the Swift Academy Apprenticeship Scheme. His goal is to provide the same positive and beneficial experience he received as an apprentice, as well as passing on the valuable knowledge obtained throughout his career.

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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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Shelley Parker-Wain

Learning & Development Director, Avery Healthcare

Shelley has been in Adult Education for many years. Combined with her Nursing qualification she is passionate about  learning and development in Health and Social Care.

 

She has championed Apprenticeships in this sector for more 30 years and has assisted and encouraged career planning for people between the age of 16 to 50 plus. 

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Lynne Firth

Director of Apprenticeships, The University of Sheffield

Lynne has been Director of Apprenticeships at the University of Sheffield for over 4 years working directly with large NHS Trusts and Primary Care settings delivering regulated apprenticeship standards to over 400 Trainee Nurses (and associates) along with Advanced Care Practitioners annually. Working alongside large NHS Trusts and the primary care sector across Yorkshire and Humberside.

Lynne is a qualified teacher and has a Master’s Degree in Post 16 education. She has significant experience of teaching and management in Further and higher education institutions. Prior to working in education, Lynne trained as a nurse and has a Postgraduate Diploma in social work. She maintains her registration to practice nursing and as an approved mental health practitioner. Lynne also has experience of inspecting care homes, residential schools and childcare settings, and has recently become an occasional OFSTED inspector, specialising in level 6/7 apprenticeships.   

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Dorothy Alexander

Apprenticeship Specialist, Anchor

Dorothy has worked in Health and Social Care for over 30 years and joined Anchor as a care assistant and has had various role since including Home Manager, Training Specialist, Apprenticeship Advisor and now her current role.

 

Throughout her career one thing that has always inspire her is to support colleagues whether new to the organisation or existing colleagues to keep on developing and grow on their career journeys. Her role as Apprenticeship Specialist at Anchor gives her the ideal opportunity to do just this.

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Lisa Marriott

Early Career Development Manager, DRAX

Lisa is experienced in early careers and L&D, driven by a passion to make a difference in people’s lives, helping them grow and supporting equal access of opportunity and career development for all. She is also committed to embedding people strategies that add business value and make a positive and sustainable impact on corporate culture.

Lisa has worked in this capacity over 20 years in a wide variety of sectors such as the national careers service, local authority, NHS, Balfour Beatty, National Grid and more recently for the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.  She brings both experience and understanding of designing, developing and implementing corporate early careers programmes within large industry organisations along with a depth of understanding in relation to the ever-evolving skills and education landscape.

Lisa has long advocated work-based learning and apprenticeships as being of immense value to society as a whole and to the richness and diversity of organisational performance.

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Nikita Seabright

Training and Apprenticeship Manager, Syngenta

Nikita has been involved in Apprenticeships for 16 years. As one of the Training and Apprenticeship Managers at Syngenta, Huddersfield, she feels incredibly lucky to do a job she loves. 

 

One of the main reasons for her passion in young talent development is the Apprentices themselves. Each day she sees their skills and knowledge develop throughout their Apprenticeship by learning on the job skills in a real practical environment. She feels it is rewarding to see individuals grow within an organization and move into rewarding careers after their Apprenticeship.

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Ann Stanley

Funded Learning Lead, Yorkshire Water

Ann is a People Professional and 3 x Graduate with a background in public sector, finance, housing, customer services and utilities sectors. Currently the Funded Learning Lead for Yorkshire Water, she looks after the Graduate Programmes, Apprenticeships, Adult Education Budget and other funded learning programmes across the Yorkshire region.  An avid believer in ongoing development, Ann’s vocation is to find the best learning avenue for each person she supports and aligning their development with the continuous improvement of her organisation. 

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Chris Blackburn

Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Impellam

Since Christopher began his career in the recruitment industry more than 20 years ago, he has focused much of his attention on Learning & Development. In the last five years, he has played a key role in redeploying aviation apprentices who found themselves without a career or job due to industry pressures. Christopher has supported the careers of over 100 engineering apprentices through his efforts. 

 

More recently, Christopher has been driven to engage with early careers talent and provide employability opportunities for those who find themselves out of work. He is devoted to driving change in social mobility and helping younger generations to learn about STEM careers. 

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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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Claire Kett

Apprenticeship Development and Compliance Partner, NG Bailey

As Apprenticeship Development and Compliance Partner, Claire is responsible for the quality and compliance of apprenticeship programmes within NG Bailey.  Within her role at NG Bailey Claire is also responsible for the recruitment, onboarding, coaching and development of apprentices within Yorkshire, Northeast and Scotland.

 

Claire has over 10 years’ experience in Apprenticeships and funded provision working within early careers previously working in independent training providers and colleges. Claire is passionate about Apprenticeships and the versatility they offer for early careers, graduates and long term learning and development career opportunities.

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Allie Hughan

Apprenticeship Manager – Flutter UK&I

Passionate about the strategic use of apprenticeships to attract and retain future talent. Currently managing the apprenticeship provision at Flutter UK&I, the UK’s largest gambling/gaming organisation. Experienced in introducing new schemes for direct entry and existing colleagues, raising the profile of apprenticeships with senior stakeholders and supporting apprentices to ensure a consistently high learning experience.

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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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Darren Jones

UK Learning and Development Manager, AESSEAL PLC

Darren joined AESSEAL in October 2020 after a 24-year career in the British Army. As a Royal Engineer he spent most of his career at high readiness with Commando and Airborne Forces and has served across the globe in a variety of roles. He finished his soldier career as a Regimental Sergeant Major of a Leadership and Training organisation of circa 650 people, and was selected for commission to Captain, but instead chose to transfer his knowledge, skills, and experience to civilian industry. Passionate about leadership and development, he is currently the UK Learning and Development Manager for AESSEAL plc and is the apprenticeship / early careers lead for the UK business.

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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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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

Senior Development Coach, Apprentify

Rebecca works for an independent training provider as a development coach supporting digital marketing and content producer apprentices on their level 3 and 4 programmes.


She also mentors other development coaches and trainers in the delivery team, running Apprentify’s induction programme and building development opportunities for all colleagues.  Apprentify values mentoring as a proactive approach that can have a positive impact on practitioner wellbeing and career progression, as part of a whole organisation learning culture.


Rebecca believes that successful apprenticeship outcomes depend on a winning team and this involves supporting learners, their managers and the tutors in their roles.

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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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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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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.

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