Role of the apprentice panel

The main purpose of the panel is to make sure that the views of apprentices are represented across the work and governance of IfATE.  The panel decides for itself which issues to focus on and can advise and challenge the board. Members of the panel are currently helping to develop content aimed at apprentices, for the IfATE website. 

The apprentice panel have developed a guide to quality apprenticeships and improving the apprentice experience. The guide is called, Raising the Standards, and is aimed at employers, training providers and apprentices.

Recruitment

Calling all level 2 apprentices, do you want to make a difference?

IfATE is looking for level 2 apprentices working in the following areas to join the apprentice panel:

  • Care services
  • Engineering
  • Legal, finance and accounting
  • Agriculture, environmental and animal care
  • Sales, marketing, and procurement
  • Education and childcare

If you are interested in being considered for the role of an apprentice panel member, please complete the expression of interest form and upload a copy of your CV. 

 

Members of the apprentice panel

 

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Saskia Navaratnam

Chair

Employer: Royal Mail

Apprenticeship: Advanced engineering (level 3)

Training provider: Training 2000

Assigned route: Engineering and construction 

Reasons for joining the panel: 

The only real opportunity I saw for myself after school was University, which I found was not the right thing for me. Had I been given the information and understanding of what apprenticeships can provide and how to go about finding one, I would have been able to have made a more informed and fulfilling decision for my future – the decision that I made in 2020 of starting an Apprenticeship in the field that I love! It is my aim to improve and increase apprenticeship visibility to young people as well as older learners as a perfectly feasible and supportive way to enter the working world – or change career paths.

IfATE provides the platform for extremely hardworking apprentices to have our voices heard by those with the power to make a change is amazing, and something that I would love to invest my time and energy in!

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Arjun Rai

Co-vice chair

Employer: National Highways

Apprenticeship: Project Manager Apprentice, level 4

Training provider: BPP

Assigned route: Transport and Logistics

 

Why did you want to be part of the panel?

I joined the panel to make a difference. Apprenticeships are on the rise, and I want to be a part of making them a consistent success across different industries.

I also joined to develop my own skills- being the Co Vice chair means my leadership, critical thinking and teamwork abilities are constantly improving. 

Tell me a bit about your apprenticeship?

Level 4 Project management Apprenticeship at National Highways. My apprenticeship lasts 2 years. Alongside the Level 4 qualification I also take the APM Project management qualification. I work in Major Projects which means the big schemes that most people see on the A roads and Motorways.

What is an interesting fact about you?

At 15 years old I became a fully qualified Lifeguard and worked as one up to the age of 19.

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James Kennett

Co-vice chair

Employer: Department for International Trade

Apprenticeship: Aerospace Engineer (Level 6)

Training provider: Derby College

Assigned route: Engineering and manufacturing

 

 

Why did you want to be part of the panel?

I am passionate about improving the quality of and access to apprenticeships, and I think it is essential apprentices are included in the conversation of how they are formed and improved. For me they offer a fantastic alternative to traditional qualifications, but only if we maximise the opportunities for learners and employers.

Tell me a bit about your apprenticeship?

I completed my apprenticeship in September 2022 at Rolls-Royce plc, it enabled great and varied opportunities to explore engineering, technology, and business. It empowered me to be able to take my skills and apply them in a variety of settings. However, I was quite critical of some the ways my standard restricted my learning opportunities, hence my desire to join the panel and make a difference for others.

What is an interesting fact about you?

Even though my apprenticeship was in Engineering I found ways to put my skills to use in other fields and have recently joined the public sector working for Department for International Trade, proving that an apprenticeship never limits your opportunities!

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Mariam Shaikh

Employer: Troup Bywaters + Anders

Apprenticeship: Business and administration level 3

Training provider: Apprenticeship Connect

Assigned route: Business and administration

Reasons for joining the panel:

I want to be a voice for apprentices across the UK to ensure that they have the best possible experience in their qualification.

Having now completed my Level 3 apprenticeship, I know that there are still ways we can enhance the apprenticeship experience and being a panel member has given me the opportunity to speak up about what could be improved within this space.

Making crucial decisions such as whether to go to university is extremely overwhelming as these choices are made at such a young age and traditionally, colleges and sixth forms tend to only promote the university route. Everyone should have the knowledge of all upskilling opportunities that are available to them, and I want to do more to make people aware of the vast choices that are available, especially apprenticeships that are massively growing the skills of the future workforce.

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Dillon Jones

Employer: Derry Building Services

Apprenticeship: Installation electrician and maintenance electrician (Level 3)

Training Provider: JTL  

Assigned route: Construction

 

 

Why did you want to be part of the panel?

I wanted to be part of the panel so that I could ensure the voice of construction apprentices would be heard. I also wanted to raise awareness that earning whilst your learning is a massive benefit for apprenticeships and one that is often overlooked.


Tell me a bit about your apprenticeship?

My Apprenticeship was Level 3 Electrical and Electrotechnical for Derry Building Services. It lasted for 4 years and during my time as an apprentice I worked all over the country on various projects ranging from schools to office blocks. No two days were the same during my apprenticeship which I really enjoyed.


What is an interesting fact about you?

I’m currently trying to learn to juggle

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Raisa Matadar

Employer: Jaguar Land Rover

Apprenticeship: Engineering technician (Level 3)

Training Provider: MAKE UK (formerly known as EEF)

Assigned route: Engineering and manufacturing

 

Why did you want to be part of the panel?

I joined the panel to help improve apprenticeship quality and the awareness around apprenticeship availability. I’ve always advocated for apprenticeships! It’s the best decision I made when leaving sixth form so I wanted everyone out there to know how great it can be.

Tell me a bit about your apprenticeship?

I completed a Level 3 Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship with Jaguar Land Rover. My apprenticeship enabled me work on equipment used in car manufacturing process including: paint and sealer robots, conveyor drives and motors.

What is an interesting fact about you?

I was born in Zambia! My parents both moved there from India for work and I moved to the UK when I was 18 months old.

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Tamzin Greenfield

Employer: Cyber Security Associates

Apprenticeship: Cyber Security Technical Professional Level 6

Training provider: University of Gloucestershire 

Assigned route: Digital

 

 

 

Why did you want to be part of the panel?

I joined the panel because I knew that the apprenticeship experience could be improved, and that joining a group of like-minded individuals would be the best way to action this improvement. Apprenticeships are quickly becoming a real contender for further education, and I want to help make them more accessible. 

Tell me a bit about your apprenticeship?

I'm undertaking a Level 6 Cyber security technical professional integrated degree. A lot of words to say I'm completing a Bachelors of Science degree in the standard 3 year duration at University, whilst working a full time job with my employer Cyber Security Associates. It's a fantastic choice for someone who wants both a degree and experience within their sector, which is very important for careers based in tech. 

What is an interesting fact about you?

Before I got into cyber security, I wanted to work in fashion and design. 

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Amy Marren

Employer: BPP Holdings Limited

Apprenticeship: Solicitor

Training provider: BPP University

Assigned route: Legal, finance and accounting

 

 

Why did you want to be part of the panel?

I am now on my second apprenticeship and although I have seen some changes over the past 5 years, I wanted to use my voice to shape that change even more. I have also had a very positive experience and wanted to know more about the experiences of other apprentices and work together to create positive experience for apprentices across all routes.

Tell me a bit about your apprenticeship?

I am in the fifth year of the L7 Solicitor Apprenticeship, looking to qualify in 2024. My apprenticeship is 6 years in total and the time has flown by.

What is an interesting fact about you?

I am a double Paralympic swimmer, having won a bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

You can listen to Amy's journey to become an apprentice and why she joined the apprentice panel on our podcast channel.

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Hamzah Ahmed

Employer: Airbus Operations UK Ltd

Apprenticeship: Aerospace engineer (degree)

Training provider: University West of England/ Bristol City College

Assigned route: Engineering and manufacturing

 

 

 

Why did you want to be part of the panel?

During my sixth form years, the whole apprenticeship scheme was unknown and I had to become my own school's independent expert on the matter. My objective, as a representative of the engineering and manufacturing route, will include the improvement of basic school knowledge of the route.

Tell me a bit about your apprenticeship?

The apprenticeship scheme has provided me with an opportunity to kick start my career within aviation. I believe I have a responsibility to  show people how the route I chose is as good as (and better than) the traditional educational route. Despite feedback being key to personal development it's also important for the development and continuous improvement of apprenticeship schemes. The Apprentice Panel provides a route to give feedback!

What is an interesting fact about you?

I'm used to teach swimming to kids and adults!

 

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Nikki Greaves

Employer: GSK

Apprenticeship: Laboratory scientist (Level 5)

Training Provider: University of Kent

Assigned route: Health and science

 

Why did you want to be part of the panel?

I was the first person from my secondary school to go into the apprenticeship route, having experienced first-hand how life changing this route can be I am passionate to promote and improve the exposure of apprenticeships to more students, The apprentice panel is the perfect chance to get involved and be an advocate for the apprenticeship route as well as using your own experience to shape and improve future apprenticeships.

Tell me a bit about your apprenticeship?

I have previously completed my level 5 apprenticeship in 2021 and am currently doing my level 6 laboratory science apprenticeship. This course has allowed me to gain a broad amount of knowledge ranging from chemistry to microbiology to anatomy and is done at my own pace online.

What is an interesting fact about you?

I was part of a team that successfully climbed Kilimanjaro for charity in October 2022 and raised over £10,000!

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Rhiannon Rees-Jones

Employer: West Northamptonshire Council

Apprenticeship: Business administration (level 3)

Training provider: Local Government Shared Services

Assigned route: Care services

 

 

 

Why did you want to be part of the panel?

Ever since being diagnosed with Asperger’s, I have been presented with many challenges, which I have overcome through sheer determination.  I wanted to be able to share my life experience, build up a network, and continue to be a role model for others on the Autistic Spectrum. To have the opportunity to explore new ideas too.

Tell me a bit about your apprenticeship?

I was an Admin Assistant when I started the apprenticeship. I won two Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership (NHCP) awards in ‘Behind the Scenes’ for Adult Social Care and Apprentice of the Year 2020, and gained an overall grade of Distinction on completion. I also started a new role as Business Support Officer the day after completion.

What is an interesting fact about you?

I am an Autism Champion and I write my own poetry.

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Hannah Gregg

Employer: KPMG

Apprenticeship: Digital and technical solutions professional (Level 6)

Training provider: BPP University

Assigned route: Digital

 

Why did you want to be part of the panel?

I’m incredibly passionate about apprenticeships and raising awareness of them. I’ve had such an amazing experience throughout my 4 years at KPMG and I want to make people aware of the alternative career pathways other than University, and the opportunities that Apprenticeships offer.
I set up and lead my own Apprenticeship workstream as part of KPMG’s ITs Her Future flagship program, the aim of this initiative is to tackle gender diversity within Technology. The vision of my workstream is to promote and raise awareness of apprenticeships in Technology. In order to, I had to present to Directors and Partners of KPMG to communicate my vision and set out goals for each financial year.

Tell me a bit about your apprenticeship?

I’ve recently completed my apprenticeship, achieving a first class honours in my degree- BSc Digital and Technology Solutions. I now work as a Technical Analyst at a Big Four company.

What is an interesting fact about you?

Travelling is my biggest passion, I love to travel solo and over the past year I’ve visited 8 countries!

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Santina Bunting

Employer: Arup Group

Apprenticeship: Civil engineering level 3

Training provider: Salford & Trafford Engineering Group Training Association

Assigned route: Construction and the built environment

 

 

Why did you want to be part of the panel?

As the only person out of 150 secondary school students to undertake an apprenticeship I understood the overwhelming value this untraditional route presented. Being invited back to my secondary school to speak has helped me to become a passionate advocate of apprenticeships and so through my role on the panel I hope to share my thoughts and ideas and improve and shape the future of apprenticeships.

Tell me a bit about your apprenticeship?

I am currently undertaking a level 3 Civil Engineering apprenticeship within the geotechnics team at Arup. My role enables me to have had the opportunity to work on a range of range of highways projects where my role is the data management of information collected on site by contractors for us then to be able to produce drawings showing the geology of the soil and manipulate the data to extract the relevant information to help inform the parameters of foundation design.

What is an interesting fact about you?

I am the goalkeeper for the Under 19 Great British Handball Squad and have had the opportunity to travel to: Spain, Portugal, and Denmark. 

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Heather Campbell

Employer: Network Rail

Apprenticeship: Railway engineering (level 4)

Training provider: Babcock International

Assigned route: Transport and logistics

Reasons for joining the panel: 

I have joined the apprenticeship panel because I am passionate about apprenticeships and ensuring they continue to give as many people as possible the opportunity to complete one. My apprenticeship has given me a unique experience of work and learning, it has given me the opportunity to do something I didn’t ever expect to do and it has been such an interesting, rewarding experience that a few years ago I wouldn’t of ever considered. Apprenticeships provide such a good opportunity that university doesn’t provide by itself and often can provide a better insight and start to working life, or can offer the opportunity for those who want to upskill or change their career, and I hope to help encourage and promote apprenticeships. By joining the panel, I hope to help improve apprenticeship delivery and fine-tuning experiences for all apprenticeships. My apprenticeship has given me good experience of the transport and railway engineering industry and I think this has given me good insight that will be useful to share with the panel. I hope through this experience to learn from other likeminded apprentices on the panel about their experiences and ideas to understand what other industries are doing in this area.

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Ishaaq Saleem

Employer: Arup Group

Apprenticeship: Environmental Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship – Level 6

Training provider: Kingston University

Assigned route: Agriculture, environmental and animal care

 

 

 

Why did you want to be part of the panel?

I wanted to join the panel as a means of not just promoting apprenticeships but to improve the experience of doing an apprenticeship for current and future apprentices. As someone who has had the opportunity to work for different employers, I feel I have a unique perspective on doing an apprenticeship and by being on the panel, can share my views and opinions.

Tell me a bit about your apprenticeship?

I’m currently doing the Environmental Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship. The course allows me to train as an Environmental Consultant in a specialist field within environmental consulting and gives me the opportunity to study BSc Environmental Science (one day a week) at university.

What is an interesting fact about you?

A short fact but I’ve memorised a book. 

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Dilraj Singh Bharj

Employer: Severn Trent

Apprenticeship: Commercial procurement and supply level 4

Training provider: Charted Institute of Procurement and Supply

Assigned route: Sales, marketing and procurement

 

Why did you want to be part of the panel?

I wanted to join the Apprentice Panel because since joining an Apprenticeship scheme I have seen myself grow as an individual so much and I want to educate people around the real benefits that Apprenticeship schemes can offer. I had initially taken the university route however decided mid-way through my degree to change my career pathway. As a panel member, I wanted to make sure that people who are thinking of making a similar choice to me feel represented and being a panel member allows me to do this!

Tell me a bit about your apprenticeship?

I am currently undertaking a L4 Commercial Procurement & Supply Apprenticeship with Severn Trent alongside working towards my CIPS qualification. The procurement department essentially looks after everything an organisation purchases and any relationships that it has with suppliers. I really enjoy my role as it allows me to visit different sites and network with different people and organisations on a daily basis!

What is an interesting fact about you?

I have actually done an interview with the stars of the Paddington movie!

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Jordan Gough

Employer: Coventry Building Society

Apprenticeship: Project Management Level 4

Training provider: Kaplan

Assigned route: Business admin

 

 

 

Why did you want to be part of the panel?

I joined the panel as my apprenticeship changed my life, I have finished my apprenticeship and now lucky enough to work within my dream job. Whilst I finished my apprenticeship in 2020 during the height of the pandemic, I wanted to give back to the apprenticeship panel to help provide insight and a holistic view of the end-to-end apprenticeship journey to help current and future apprentices.

Tell me a bit about your apprenticeship?

I completed a level 3 apprenticeship in Project Management, and I now work as a project manager and Scrum Master for the UKs second largest building society.

What is an interesting fact about you?

I have BA Hons degree in Comedy.

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Lauren Desmond

Employer: Home Office

Apprenticeship: Leadership and management degree

Training provider: QA

Assigned route: Business and administration 

 

 

Why did you want to be part of the panel?

I wanted to be part of the panel as I wanted to share my own experiences of being an apprentice to help shape and improve the experience of future apprentices. I had completed a level 2 at McDonalds in Hospitality, a Level 3 with HMRC in Operational Delivery and had began a level 6 with Home Office in Leadership and Management. As well as my own experiences, I had managed a team of apprentices and worked with many across my organisation when working in an apprenticeship support role within HR.

I am passionate about ensuring all apprentices have the best possible experience, and that all future students are aware of the many fantastic alternative routes available outside of A levels and university.

Tell me a bit about your apprenticeship?

I completed a Catering and Hospitality level 2 while working at McDonalds and after completing my degree I went on to complete a level 3 in Operational Delivery with HMRC. Both were extremely interesting and taught me a lot about customer service.

More recently, I started a level 6 Leadership and Management, which is currently on pause. This apprenticeship allows you to complete a degree and learn key skills which are transferrable across many industries. It has been massively challenging but also rewarding being able to put theory into practice at the work place.

What is an interesting fact about you?

I met The Impractical Jokers the day after their show in Manchester a few years ago. I went to ask Joe Gatto for an autograph and did not realise they were filming and ended up on their youtube channel

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Samantha Ross

Employer: Bevan Brittan LLP

Apprenticeship: Solicitor (Level 7)

Training Provider: BPP University

Assigned route: Legal, finance and accounting

 

 

Why did you want to be part of the panel?

I joined the panel because I am passionate about change and I enjoy listening to and sharing new ideas. I knew the panel would open up a vast range of opportunities which I wanted to be involved in, to ensure the voices of legal apprentices are heard and that change is implemented in the future.

Tell me a bit about your apprenticeship?

I am currently in my fourth year of the Level 7 LLB (Hons) Solicitor Apprenticeship at Bevan Brittan LLP. I have previously undertaken the CILEx Level 3 Paralegal Apprenticeship.

What is an interesting fact about you?

I have owned horses since a young age and competed all-round the United Kingdom. I mainly took part in eventing, which consists of dressage, show jumping and cross country. I have also won a few awards throughout my Apprenticeships, the most recent one being Apprentice of the Year at the Birmingham Law Society Awards 2022.

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William Pollyn

Employer: IBM

Apprenticeship: Level 4 Software Test Engineer 

Training provider: GKA

Assigned route: Digital

 

 

Why did I want to be a part of the panel?

I wanted to become a panel member due to my enthusiasm and passion for apprenticeships. My apprenticeship has far surpassed my expectations due to the endless opportunities I’ve been given to expand my skills in different areas. I aim to express the many benefits of an apprenticeship scheme in collaboration with other apprentices, as I believe voicing the opportunities involved within the pathway is essential to showcase the beneficial impact that it can have to help progress and develop your future career.

Tell me a bit about your apprenticeship?

I’m a Level 4 Software Test Engineer Apprentice at IBM and have experienced Functional, Automation and Performance testing. I’ve developed both my technical and personal skill sets, and have also experienced different activities during my apprenticeship, such as attending a school careers fare to promote apprenticeship schemes, an awards evening where I was selected as a finalist, and I lead a team to win an internal IBM event. I’ve also surpassed the required software examination certifications for my role.


What is an interesting fact about you?

During school, I did not take any IT or computer related GCSEs (other than a short course which I didn’t enjoy at the time)! My A-Levels were not related to software or IT in any way, and I did not initially think that I would choose to work for a large computer / technology company as a Software Test Engineer, using different IT related software on a daily basis.

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Samantha Woods

Employer: E.ON Energy UK

Apprenticeship: Business management and leadership (level 6)

Training provider: University of Derby

Assigned route: Business and Administration

 

 

 

Why did you want to be part of the panel?

I want to continue to share my experience and knowledge with others but also be able to have input in shaping apprenticeships going forward. By doing this hopefully, I can raise the visibility, so more people are aware of the variety of opportunities out there and that going to university is not the only option.

Tell me a bit about your apprenticeship?

I was lucky enough to start my Degree Apprenticeship in 2019, it has given me the opportunity to go down a route I had never even considered, in an industry I had never even thought about before. The Apprenticeship approach has provided me with the ideal balance of working, earning, and learning and I would completely recommend it to anyone!

What is an interesting fact about you?

I love traveling and have visited over 30 countries around the world.

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Daphne Muskett

Employer: HIT Training LTD

Apprenticeship: Learning and Skill Teacher - Level 5

Training provider: HIT Training LTD

Assigned route: Education and childcare

 

 

Why did you want to be part of the panel?

As an Apprentice Panel member, I work with other panel members to support apprentices in getting their voices heard. We work to widen the impact of apprenticeships to wider communities and aim to drive the quality of apprenticeship services and prompt better experiences for current and future apprentices.

Tell me a bit about your apprenticeship?

I have completed my Learning Skills Teacher, Level 5, Apprenticeship, upskilling myself to increase my career value to a Qualified Learning and Skills Teacher status. I thoroughly enjoyed my apprenticeship journey and have immensely gained in confidence, knowledge, and skills.

What is an interesting fact about you?

I have over a decade’s experience working in Further Education and Training and the reason I wanted to complete my own apprenticeship, was because I witnessed the positive impact work-based learning was having on my apprentices’ knowledge, improving their skills, and enhancing their behaviours.

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Lily O'Brien

Employer: Crosby Management Training Ltd

Apprenticeship: Level 4 Marketing Executive

Training provider: JGA Group

Assigned route: Sales, Marketing and Procurement 

 

 

 

Why did you want to be part of the panel?

I wanted to be a part of the apprentice panel to encourage success through apprenticeships and highlight this fantastic learning scheme to more and more people.

Tell me a bit about your apprenticeship?

I’ve completed two apprenticeships, firstly in business administration, followed by a more specialist apprenticeship in marketing.

What is an interesting fact about you?

Leaving school, I had no idea what I wanted to do - apprenticeships helped direct and develop me into a marketing career, which I cannot wait to accelerate further!

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Harvey Church

Employer: BBC

Apprenticeship: Broadcast and media systems engineer level 6

Training provider: Birmingham City University

Assigned route: Creative and design

 

 

Why did you want to be part of the panel?

Two parts: The want to raise the voice of apprentices within the Creative and Design route and personally understand the skills landscape a lot better. There are more than degree apprenticeships out there! They need speaking about too!

Tell me a bit about your apprenticeship?

I’m a Level 6 Broadcast Engineering Apprentice. It’s not.. one field. The best way to describe it is getting tv and radio content to you.
We look at IP Technologies, Programming, Electronics and how it can all support content distribution.

What is an interesting fact about you?

I managed to get onto the roof of St Paul’s Cathedral (legally might I add!) There are great views of it from the river… but its better the other way round!

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Lizzy Millen

Employer: Reckitt

Apprenticeship: Research and development level 6

Training provider: University of Kent

Assigned route: Sales, marketing and procurement 

 

 

 

Why did you want to be part of the panel?

I have been an apprentice for over four years and in that time I have learnt so much and grown in confidence but also faced challenges that I’m sure are faced by other apprentices too. I would like to champion apprenticeships as a career choice for young people and use the experience and confidence I am gaining through my own apprenticeship to bring forward ideas to encourage young people and businesses to use apprenticeships effectively and build a community of people in the workplace who can maximise their full potential, as I believe my apprenticeship is doing for me.

Tell me a bit about your apprenticeship?

I am a level 6 apprentice in Applied Chemical Sciences with the University of Kent. My degree involves studying modules in pure chemistry as well as business modules. My day job involves working in research and development for pharmaceutical products.

What is an interesting fact about you?

I spend all my spare time outdoors and I am part way through a mission to run around every forest in the UK!

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James Mill

Employer: Pfizer

Apprenticeship: Laboratory Scientist Apprenticeship (Level 5)

Training provider: SIAS

Assigned route: Health and science

 

 

Why did you want to be part of the panel?

I really enjoyed and highly valued my apprenticeship, so welcomed the opportunity to be apart of developing future apprenticeships.

Tell me a bit about your apprenticeship?

I have been a Laboratory Science Apprentice at Pfizer for 7 years now. My work involves developing and scaling up drug manufacturing processes.

What is an interesting fact about you?

I lived on a boat throughout my childhood travelling through the Mediterranean.

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Megan Foster

Employer: Kier Construction

Apprenticeship: Civil engineering (level 6)

Training provider: Anglia Ruskin University

Assigned route: Engineering and manufacturing

 

 

 

Why did you want to be part of the panel?

I joined the panel in order to have some influence on how future apprenticeships are provided and to have my voice heard on how to keep apprenticeships relevant to those undertaking them. I also saw it as an opportunity to help encourage the future generations and provide insight into what an apprenticeship can offer.

Tell me a bit about your apprenticeship?

I am currently undertaking a level 6 apprenticeship in construction working as a civil engineer. I have been based on the HS2 project for 5 years now and had some vital experience in many different departments ranging from estimating to design to construction. Every day is different!

What is an interesting fact about you?

I own 4 border collies.

I have a massive fear of liquid food (soup and gravy) – Little bizarre.

Before I became an engineer, I wanted to be a vet. (Couldn’t be further away from each other career wise.)

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Martha Smith

Employer: WSP

Apprenticeship: Environmental Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship, Level 6

Training provider: Kingston University

Assigned route: Agriculture, environmental and animal care

 

 

 

Why did you want to be part of the panel?

I wanted to be a part of the panel to help make a change and voice apprentices’ opinions.

Tell me a bit about your apprenticeship?

I am on the Environmental Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship. This means that I study at University once a week and work the other four days.

What is an interesting fact about you?

An interesting fact about me is that I have played football since I was 3.

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Nathan Huchinson

Employer: BCAL Consulting

Apprenticeship: Civil Engineering, Level 6

Training provider: Coventry University

Assigned route: Construction and built environment

 

 

 

Why did you want to be part of the panel?

I wanted to be part of the panel to help promote the apprenticeship route, which has worked so well for me. My company is continually looking to train new apprentices with a consistent approach. As a more senior apprentice, I wanted to share my passion for the scheme, ensuring that new apprentices are given the best possible experience - being part of the panel, shaping the standards and having access to the insight of many other apprentices, allows me to do this.

Tell me a bit about your apprenticeship?

I work for a consultancy in Northamptonshire, currently training on a civil engineering apprenticeship. ‘Civil engineering’ is a broad term used for construction engineering but at my company, like many, the term ‘civil’ engineering refers to my role of designing drainage, roads, and external areas.

What is an interesting fact about you?

Originally, I wanted to be a police officer. I worked as a special constable in tandem with the early stages of my civil engineering apprenticeship before deciding engineering was the preferred career path for me.

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Jake Holt

Employer: Diamond Bus North West

Apprenticeship: Transport Planning Technician (Level 3)

Training provider: Leeds College of Building

Assigned route: Construction and built environment

 

 

Why did you want to be part of the panel?

I wanted to be a part of the panel as I get the chance to represent something I’ve always had a great interest for. Having the chance to shape the direction for future apprenticeships for transport and logistics is a great honour. I want to make sure all future programmes for the industry are up to the relevant standard not just for the employers, but for the apprentices too.

Tell me a bit about your apprenticeship?

I work as a commercial apprentice for a bus operator in Greater Manchester. As the company is medium sized, you can find yourself working on a number of different areas, which includes dealing with stakeholders, writing reports, analysing data, scheduling timetables and crew duties. My college course looks at the industry as a whole, with the main focus being on how transport can be sustainable and ways to achieve this, such as learning about dealing with stakeholders, project management, transport modelling and the appraisal and assessment of schemes and working towards national objectives.

What is an interesting fact about you?

I climbed the third highest mountain in England when I was four.

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Megan Howarth

Employer: Merseyside Fire Service

Apprenticeship: Community safety advisor apprenticeship

Training provider: Mersey Fire

Assigned route: Protective services

 

 

 

Why did you want to be part of the panel?

I wanted to be a part of the panel because I like to do the most for the service. I like to express my opinions and give constructive feedback. I also think the panel will boost my confidence going into my new job in December.

Tell me a bit about your apprenticeship?

My apprenticeship is called a community safety advisor apprenticeship, meaning I go out to everyday people's houses, these are classed as low risk, and complete home fire safety checks. Home fire safety checks consist of checking peoples electrics, giving fire safety advice, such as what to do in the event of an emergency, cooking advice and unsafe use of electrical appliances, fitting smoke alarms where required and issuing carbon monoxide alarms where needed.

What is an interesting fact about you?

One fun fact about me is that at the age of 17 I was top 10 in the country for javelin throwing but gave it up to focus on my job.

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Mike Morgan

Employer: Merseyside Fire Service

Apprenticeship: Community safety advisor apprenticeship

Training provider: Mersey Fire

Assigned route: Protective services

 

 

Why did you want to be part of the panel?

I wanted to be a part of the apprentice panel after undertaking two apprenticeships in the FRS to encourage apprenticeship routes in the public service sector and showcase the opportunities and benefits they facilitate in such a short period of time. So far the apprenticeships have provided me with the skills and experience required to continually advance my career, so I welcomed the opportunity to help refine and develop future apprenticeships.

Tell me a bit about your apprenticeship?

On my current apprenticeship as a community safety advisor, I am conducting home fire safety checks for all members of the public who request one. In this role we look at everything from electrical safety to poor mobility, this is to prevent fires from occurring in the home, which in turn reduces the stress on the fire services.

What is an interesting fact about you?

I am currently learning to speak Russian.

 

 

Last updated 18 Nov 2022
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