Working at KMF for over 17 years, Jenny is the Training & Development Manager where she is responsible for the training, development and recruitment strategy, including their award-winning young & adult apprenticeship schemes. Recognised as a Women of the Year finalist, Jenny is recognised for her contribution to apprenticeships and encouraging females into engineering & STEM subjects. Jenny is the Chair of the West Midlands Region.
Training & Development Manager, KMF Group Ltd
Saima is responsible for delivering apprenticeship programmes with a difference. She strives to make managers think of apprentices as an integral part of the team; someone who contributes to the team and organisational success by bringing their own unique talents and personality to the table to prepare Midland Heart for the future. Saima is the Vice Chair of the West Midlands Region and chairs the Greater Birmingham & Solihull sub-regional group.
Talent Development Manager, Midland Heart
Alex works for the Portmeirion Group where she is responsible for delivering the Group L&D strategy which has included introducing an award winning apprenticeship program and utilisation of the apprenticeship Levy to upskill the Group's current teams. Alex is very passionate about apprenticeships and focused on encouraging young people to embark on this pathway as an alternative for traditional routes. Alex also chairs the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire sub-regional group.
Learning, Development & Engagement Manager, Portmeirion Group
Sinead has worked in the learning and skills arena for over fifteen years and is passionate about people development and creating opportunities for all. Through her career to date, she has led on policy development for skills, implemented talent strategies and driven workforce planning.
At Coventry University we believe in our people and recognise the need to invest in our staff. As an institution we are very proud of our apprentices as they enable us to achieve success, by helping to build capability and provide an inspiring environment in which to work.
Her role as an Ambassador for apprenticeships is very important, as we need to heighten awareness and strive to shape quality programmes that create opportunities for learning at all ages. Sinead is the chair of the Coventry & Warwickshire sub-regional group.
Internal Apprenticeship Programme Lead, Coventry University
Chris's role involves encouraging people to consider apprenticeships and supporting them once they have joined the company. The former involves going into schools to promote apprenticeships as well as arranging for schools to visit Mazak for design challenges or factory tours. They also have an award winning work experience scheme in partnership with the EDT called Industrial Cadets which they are incredibly proud of.
Chris has had the great pleasure of developing apprenticeship schemes since 2010 when he established a successful programme at his previous employers, moving to Mazak in 2014 where he evolved their apprenticeship on a much larger scale with numerous award winning apprentices along the way.
Apprentice and Future Workforce Training Manager, Yamazaki Mazak Uk Ltd
Maxine has worked in the Apprenticeship Sector for almost 20 years. She has managed an Apprenticeship Academy for British Gas, delivered Apprenticeships for Vodafone, led a team of Senior Business Managers who were collectively responsible for the delivery of £1.5 million ESFA Apprenticeship contract, and most recently Apprenticeship and Work Experience Manager for the GEH NHS Trust.
Apprenticeship & Work Experience Manager, George Elliot Hospital
Danielle has been the HR Advisor at Orbital Gas Systems (Orbital) for the last two years. Orbital, a CUI Global Company, is the leader in innovative gas solutions, with more than 30 years of experience in design, installation and the commissioning of industrial gas sampling, measurement and delivery systems. Orbital have offered a variety of apprenticeships in the past but recognise that the wealth of knowledge from the Apprenticeship Ambassador Network can strengthen our approach. We strongly believe in apprenticeships and appreciate the skills gap shortages in the industry.
Human Resources Advisor, Orbital Gas Systems
Rosalie has worked in Learning and Organisational Development for many years and was excited to take this Lead role in enhancing the good work already done in Dudley for apprenticeships. Dudley’s history of employing apprentices, mainly in construction, business administration and customer service has now increased to 46 different subject areas ranging from level 2 up to level 7 since the introduction of the apprenticeship levy.
Offering apprenticeships not just to new recruits but encouraging career development and opportunities to the existing workforce has changed the whole mind set as to what and who can be an apprentice. Our youngest apprentice is 16 and our eldest is 61, showing that learning is a continuous process for your whole employment.
Strategic OD Business Partner (Apprenticeships), Dudley Metropolitan Council
So this is me, I'm late to the professional party after spending the majority of my working life as a contracting Licensed Retail manager and only joining the world of office life just under 6 years ago. Since then I have moved from Operational Management into the land of L&D and as a previous apprentice I am loving the ability my new role provides me with - enhancing our talent pools, developing our teams and creating a happier workplace. I'm excited to see what changes, challenges and rewards I can encounter in the future!
Learning and Development Consultant - Knowledge and Capability, Shell Energy
Based at their state-of-the-art cheese packaging facility in Leek, Ornua Foods has been working closely with a number of local, regional and national apprenticeship providers to ensure that they are welcoming in new, fresh talents to the business, but also to showcase the variety of benefits to their current workforce. They employ over 650 people within the Stoke and Staffordshire Moorland district and within Kate’s role she works closely with all employees, as well as the local high schools and colleges to help Ornua on its journey to be an Employer of Choice with the area.
Amarjit has over 9 years HR experience within a local government environment and has recently become responsible for apprenticeships and the wider education offer such as graduates, interns and work experience at Birmingham City Council. Amarjit has been tasked with identifying the best way in which Birmingham City Council can utilise its Apprenticeships Levy by encouraging leaders and managers to start thinking about how the Levy can support succession planning, upskilling the current workforce and talent management. Having started his career as an apprentice, Amarjit is passionate about driving apprenticeships as he has experienced first-hand the value they offer and wants to see people prosper to be the best they can be.