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Apprenticeship Ambassador Programme

The Apprenticeship Ambassador Programme is an information service for schools and employers in Greater Manchester utilising real apprentices’ first-hand knowledge to promote Apprenticeships as a viable and successful route into a career.

Our Approach

The Apprentice Ambassador Programme has resumed and will operate until September 2020. This free information service for schools and employers, utilises real apprentices’ first-hand knowledge to promote Apprenticeships. The role of the Ambassador is to share their positive Apprenticeship experiences with young people, job seekers and employers across Greater Manchester. Other CEIAG projects provide high quality information, advise and guidance but on the Apprenticeship Ambassador Programme promotes the pathway using those who have chosen that route.

We are now recruiting current and recently qualified apprentices who want to share their Apprenticeship experiences to inspire students in schools and colleges, as well as to inform employers of the benefits of recruiting apprentices.

Before visiting any schools, colleges or employers, Ambassadors will attend an induction day which provides general information about Apprenticeships, as well as the opportunity to develop and present their own positive Apprenticeship experiences to other new Ambassadors.

 

Upcoming Apprenticeship Ambassador Training Days:

26th April – Trafford Council – 09.30 – 15.30

24th May – Oldham College – 09.30 – 15.30

 

If you would like to nominate an Apprentice please contact Charlotte or Matt:

Charlotte:

charlotte.c@gmlpn.co.uk

07738 621 735

Matt:

matt.l@gmlpn.co.uk

07530 075 650

 

‘The Apprenticeship Ambassador Programme has given me the opportunity to tell my story to other young people who are potentially struggling with the same choices I did and the idea that I may be bale to help others through a crucial and often very difficult period in their young lives in very rewarding’

Holly O’Farrell, Apprentice Ambassador

What’s in it for me?

Why nominate an Apprenticeship Ambassador? (Employer)

 

Nominating an employee to become an Apprenticeship Ambassador has benefits for both the employer and the apprentice. The programme gives the apprentice the tools to successfully develop and deliver their own presentations to audiences of 10 – 30 young people confidentally. This helps them to develop both personally and professionally.

The time commitment from the ambassador can be as much or as little as the employer is able to spare them for. Typically presentations will be around an hour and careers events can  be a day or half-day event.

These skills are reflected in many of the new Apprenticeship Standards and involvement as an Ambassador can contribute to the 20% off-the-job training by offering practical presentation skills.

 

Why nominate an Apprenticeship Ambassador? (Provider)

 

Nominating an ambassador can be useful to providers in encouraging the development of their apprentices. The programme gives ambassadors the tools to effectively and successfully develop and deliver a success presentation to an audience of 10 – 30 people.

Many ambassadors have stated that the programme has given them new skills that they can utilise at work, such as:

  • Increasing their interpersonal skills
  • Communicating effectively and clearly with young people and adults
  • Positively representing their Employer and Provider externally
  • Enhancing their knowledge of Apprenticeships

These skills are reflected in many of the new Apprenticeship Standards and involvement as an Ambassador can contribute to the 20% off-the-job training by offering practical presentation skills.

Once trained, Apprenticeship Ambassadors can also support your own school engagement teams to promote your organisation.

Why book an Apprenticeship Ambassador? (Schools)

This is a free service which will support schools to respond to the Statutory Careers Guidance and Inspiration in Schools document written by the Department for Education. This independent service aims to expand knowledge around Apprenticeships by offering information and advice on Apprenticeships for young people, as well as motivating and inspiring them by having a current or recently qualified apprentice attend and share their experience.

Across GM the Apprenticeship Ambassadors Programme has been invited into over 60% of schools and colleges.

Apprenticeship Ambassadors talk about their Apprenticeship experience including their day to day job role. They explain how they found out about their Apprenticeship, how they applied for it and how they have progressed.

“Apprenticeship Ambassadors have inspired and engaged our students with their enthusiasm and their stories of their Apprenticeship journeys.”

Gillian Appleby: Careers Coordinator, Whalley Range 11-18 High School