Kickstart Scheme extension well-received

It was reassuring to hear the Chancellor use his address to the Tory Party conference to back apprenticeships.

The Top Apprenticeship Employers rankings is returning in 2022!

The rankings recognise the country’s leading apprenticeship employers for their overall commitment to employing apprentices, their creation of new...

Apprenticeship Levy Funding Opportunities

Did you know that large businesses paying the apprenticeship levy can transfer some levy funds to other businesses, to pay their apprenticeships...

Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network Survey

The Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network (ADCN) is a network of employers committed to improving diversity in apprenticeships.  The...

Solicitor apprentices achieve milestone qualification

Two of Sintons’ solicitor apprentices have achieved their law degrees, in a significant milestone as they continue towards qualification as a...

The Prime Minister’s Levelling up agenda and skills announcements

At a speech about ‘Levelling up’ in Coventry today, the Prime Minister stated: “Everyone knows that talent and energy and enthusiasm and...

A win-win situation for business and trainees

A new government scheme offers employers funding to create six-month placements for young people who are at risk of long-term unemployment.

Kickstarting careers at Northumbrian Water

Northumbrian Water is backing young people at risk of long-term unemployment by offering 37 placements through the Government’s Kickstart Scheme....

£1000 cash boost for employers to support T Level industry placements

We are delighted to announce that employers will be able to claim £1000 for every T Level student they host on a high-quality industry placement, as...

The road to a quality apprenticeship

A new guide, The road to a quality apprenticeship has been published to help employers understand the steps involved in delivering high quality,...

A National

The Apprenticeship Ambassador Network is a national collection of businesses and organisations whose aim is to spearhead the drive to engage new employers to commit to apprenticeship delivery across country.

Week 2021

As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2021, Hartlepool College of Further Education has been chatting to employers, ex-apprentices and current apprentices, to give prospective apprentices insight into the world of apprenticeships.

Gary Riches chats to NEAAN’s Chair George Ritchie MBE and Paula McMahon, North East Apprenticeship Champion about the opportunities and support for apprentices in the region.

Meet our region’s top former apprentices

Jeanette Henderson, Financial Director
Gus Robinson Developments Ltd

“An apprenticeship provides real life experiences and allows you to acquire skills not found in a classroom.  A good apprenticeship can be the starting block to progressing through the ranks – the sky is the limit.  From an employer’s perspective apprenticeships are a great investment, resulting in home grown talent and provide a succession-planning solution.”

Become an

Employers, trainers, managers, director, apprentices, former apprentices... if you have a passion for apprenticeships, you could be an Apprentice Ambassador.

Apprenticeship reforms in recent years have encouraged many new and exciting businesses and sectors to be more actively involved in apprenticeships. We want our NEAAN to reflect this dynamic.

If you are interested in joining as an Employer Ambassador please email [email protected]

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If you are interested in joining as an Young Apprentice Ambassador (YAAN) please email [email protected]. If you have any questions about the role but have not yet decided if you would like to sign up, please email: [email protected] and we can answer any questions you may have.

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Case Studies

Apprentice Ambassador forging ahead in legal sector

Apprentice Ambassador forging ahead in legal sector

Sintons Law Senior Solicitor Apprentice, Nathan Johnson, is earning a fantastic reputation for client service in in the conveyancing. Always going the extra mile for customers to ensure they get what they need, Nathan has been earning praise and gratitude from clients...

Craig Galley, 21, My Apprenticeship Journey

Craig Galley, 21, My Apprenticeship Journey

My name is Craig Galley, I am 21 and live in Sunderland.  I have been working away from home for the last 12 months, serving my time as an advanced apprentice in engineering for Siemens Energy.  I first decided on an apprenticeship while at sixth form. There...


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