What our Ambassadors do
The role of Apprenticeship Ambassadors is to give young people and their families the opportunity to talk first-hand to someone who knows their stuff! They can hear not just the theory but real life success stories and ask questions and talk openly about what it’s like to be an Apprentice. Since March 2015, 30 Ambassadors from varying job roles, sectors and backgrounds have been trained, providing them with the vital skills they need to tell their stories and share their experiences.
The kinds of activities that Ambassadors support include school assemblies to whole year groups, more focussed workshops with interested groups of young people, school careers events, drop-in information stands in town centres and job fairs. Ambassadors have also featured on local radio, been interviewed for That’s Oxford TV and even presented the Oxfordshire Apprenticeships 'Apprentice of the Year Award' at the Cherwell Business Awards and Oxfordshire Business Awards.
Read Laura's story: a year in the life of an Apprenticeship Ambassador to find out more about the sorts of things our Apprenticeship Ambassador do.
During 2017, our Ambassadors helped raise awareness of Apprenticeships with students in schools by attending 17 careers fairs, helping to run 10 workshops and giving 15 talks. Students find it extremely valuable to hear first-hand from an Apprentice about their experiences and have the opportunity to talk openly and honestly about what it’s like to be an Apprentice.
During the 2017 summer holidays, we held a series of pop-up ‘ApprenticeSHOPs’ – spending 2 days in each of 8 towns across the county. These events give us another opportunity to engage with parents and other family members. They also make information and advice about Apprenticeships easily available and accessible to those who aren’t in school – for example young people not in education, employment or training and those looking to change career. Our Ambassadors attended 9 of these events, giving an invaluable insight and opportunity to ask questions to those who visited our ApprenticeSHOPs.