@IFAteched's panel of #apprentices refreshed with 20 impressive new recruits from across the world of earning and learning 

The Institute’s new panel of apprentices has been given their first important task, to gather feedback from apprentices about the quality of training they are receiving and end point assessment.

Their survey launched today (30 April) also asks for comments on the impact that Covid-19 is having on apprenticeships.

The survey will close on 29 May. If you would like to take part or know an apprentice who would, click here.

Jennifer Coupland, chief executive of the Institute, said:

“I would like to welcome the new panel members who have joined six existing members staying on for a second year.

“They will play an important role in providing the Institute, along with employers who help us develop new apprenticeships, with invaluable insight into the experiences of the people who matter most – the apprentices themselves. This is more important than ever in these challenging times.

“I’m delighted that this new survey will help us to gather more information and feedback from apprentices than we have ever done before.”

The revamped panel is made up of people from a wide variety of sectors and different backgrounds.

Their biographies feature a summary of their reasons for joining the panel:

MEMBERS OF THE APPRENTICE PANEL

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AMBER STOREY

Age: 24

Employer: Historic England

Apprenticeship: Historic Environment Advice Assistant (Level 4)

Training Provider: Strode College

Assigned route: Creative & Design

Reasons for joining the panel: I want to encourage other people struggling to break into and succeed in my sector to try the apprenticeship route. I know first-hand how hard it is, even with an academic background, to gain a foothold in such a competitive industry when it’s so difficult to acquire hands-on experience. I had never considered applying for an apprenticeship before. However, when my employer put out the opportunity to apply for this apprenticeship, it gave me the chance to gain experience and training, without losing the traction I was gaining from my job role.

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SAARAH ZAMAN

Age: 20

Employer: Severn Trent Water

Apprenticeship: HR Consultant (Level 5)

Training Provider: Crosby Training Management

Assigned route: Business Admin

Reasons for joining the panel: I wanted to do this because I am super-passionate about apprenticeships. I was selected as a finalist for the BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnics) apprenticeship awards in the financial, legal and professional services category. I act as mentor for new apprentices at my company and have participated in the World Skills Show at the NEC for the past two years, showcasing why apprenticeships should be considered by young people. I aim to contribute to the panel by sharing views and concerns that I hope will help drive improvements to the system.

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ANGELA HOGG

Age: 41

Employer: Lloyds Banking Group

Apprenticeship: Digital Technology Solutions Specialist (Level 6)

Training Provider: Manchester Metropolitan University 

Assigned route: Legal, Finance & accounting

Reasons for joining the panel: I joined my apprenticeship scheme aged 40, having had a good career. However, I found after a few restructures that I was struggling to push to the next level, and I needed to do something radical. My company is undergoing a digital transformation and the digital technology solutions degree apprenticeship seemed a great opportunity. I joined the panel to be an advocate for people looking for alternatives, especially as we will be working longer. Many people will need to adapt as environments change. 

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DILLON JONES

Age: 24

Employer: Derry Building Services

Apprenticeship: Installation Electrician/ Maintenance Electrician (Level 3)

Training Provider: JTL  

Assigned route: Construction

Reasons for joining the panel: I am confident that I can make a difference for future apprentices not only in my field but throughout the UK’s workforce. Being a part of the apprenticeship panel enables all of our of apprentices to have a voice and make sure that they are heard, not only by their employer but by the government as well. I also want to get the message across that earning whilst you’re learning is a massive benefit for apprenticeships and one that is often overlooked. 

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JOHN ALFRED

Employer: Paul Edmonds London

Apprenticeship: Hair Professional (Level 2)

Training Provider: Cheynes Training

Assigned route: Hair and Beauty

Reasons for joining the panel: I love my industry and will take every opportunity that arises to represent it. I have worked within teams on different levels, inside and outside of London, and so I believe I can bring a wider view of what it is like to train in hairdressing.

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DAVID JOHN

Age: 31

Employer: First Bus Hampshire & Dorset

Apprenticeship: Bus and Coach engineering technician (Level 3)

Training Provider: Total People

Assigned route: Transport & Logistics

Reasons for joining the panel: As a member, I want to develop a network of connections with other apprentices and gain more insight into their roles. In addition, I will use this opportunity to voice concerns and identify strengths and weaknesses that will affect learning. As a mature apprentice, I hope to use my confidence, knowledge and work experience to relate the relevant and current issues that will encourage new engineers for the future.

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JOEL ROACH

Age: 20

Employer: Microsoft

Apprenticeship: Chartered Manager Degree (Level 6)

Training Provider: QA

Assigned route: Business Admin

Reasons for joining the panel: Having experienced both university and an apprenticeship, I know the huge value the latter can bring. I feel there is a tendency to view traditional university as the default option, with more and more students going because they don’t know what alternatives are available. I want to raise the profile of apprenticeships so that students who have doubts about traditional university can find an option that’s best for them.

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JAMILAH SIMPSON

Age: 20

Employer: WhiteHat

Apprenticeship: (former) Digital Marketer (Level 3)

Training provider: WhiteHat

Job title: Community President

Assigned route: Creative & Design

Reasons for joining the panel: I want to be able to share the views of my peers and act as a representative to the apprentice community across the country. I am passionate about making sure apprentices’ voices are heard. I will bring forward any concerns and feedback from my apprentice network. I would also like to continue challenging negative perceptions around apprenticeships.

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JACQUELINE KANKAM-HOPPE

Age: 19

Employer: Karine Jackson

Apprenticeship: Advanced and Creative Hair Professional (Level 3)

Training Provider: City and Guilds

Assigned route: Hair and Beauty

Reasons for joining the panel: I want to help current and future apprentices get the most out of their training. Working in the past at a salon where I was unhappy, and training wasn’t prioritised led to the deterioration of my wellbeing and mental health. Apprentices work very hard and most have to juggle work with outside factors such as being parents or carers, money problems and school deadlines. With the help of this panel, I would want to use my platform to work towards the goal of apprentices getting the right training in a positive environment and the recognition that they deserved.

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AMELIA RUSSELL

Age: 22

Employer: The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Apprenticeship: Business Administrator (Level 3)

Training provider: KnowledgePool

Assigned route: Education & Child Care

Reasons for joining the panel: I am passionate about apprenticeships. I aim to really show off how amazing they are for people from all backgrounds. Being a care leaver, I faced many barriers in my life. I finally feel like my apprenticeship has opened so many doors. I am proud to say, ‘I am an apprentice’ and joining the panel will provide a unique opportunity to influence how they develop in the future.

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SAM DAVIES

Age: 23

Employer: The University of Manchester

Apprenticeship: Laboratory Technician (Level 3)

Training Provider: Trafford College

Assigned route: Health and Science

Reasons for joining the panel: I have a passion for apprenticeships and want to be involved in their development and advertisement, helping ensure others can experience the same opportunities I have. Many people feel that university is the obvious next step post-school or college. I want to be a part of the panel, so that I can help to raise awareness of the apprenticeships on offer and get the message to young people that they don't have to go to university to get a good job. I would also like to focus on helping to promote apprenticeships (specifically science-related roles) to conventionally unrepresented groups of people. For example, there has been a lack of representation of women in science. I also think more people from BAME backgrounds should be represented.

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MARCUS KAYE

Age: 22

Employer: IBM

Apprenticeship: Data Analyst (Level 4)

Training Provider: Firebrand Training

Assigned route: Digital

Reasons for joining the panel: Apprenticeships are a proven and effective way of increasing skills in the workplace and I wanted the opportunity to help influence and further improve their promotion, creation and delivery going forward.

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KAT PARICOS

Age: 21

Employer: Unilever

Apprenticeship: Food Industry Technical Degree (Level 6)

Training Provider: Nottingham Trent University 

Assigned route: Health and science 

Reasons for joining the panel: I really want to ensure that apprenticeships can be the best they can be and that all employers and training providers provide apprentices with the best experience they can. I want to help make the voice of apprentices heard and to ensure there is a greater understanding around what an apprenticeship is for students, teachers and parents and the benefits it can bring.

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RICARDO COSTA

Age: 20

Employer: The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Apprenticeship: Commercial Procurement and Supply (Level 4)

Training Provider: Knowledgepool 

Assigned route: Sales, Marketing & Procurement

Reasons for joining the panel: After speaking about my own experiences at a National Apprenticeship Week event, I realised I had a passion for spreading awareness. I loved talking about how my apprenticeship changed my life for the better. I have since joined a network with other apprentices from the Education and Skills Funding Agency and other organisations. As my sphere of contacts grows, along with my background knowledge on what the panel does through my work at the Institute, I thought the next step was for me to become a part of it.

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NIKKI GREAVES

Age: 20

Employer: GSK

Apprenticeship: Laboratory scientist (Level 5)

Training Provider: University of Kent

Assigned route: Health and Science

Reasons for joining the panel: I want to help apprentices gain the best experience they can out of their apprenticeships. It also seems like a good way to promote apprenticeships to others in order to raise awareness and potentially get more people interested in this pathway. 

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LOUIS CURTIS

Age: 22

Employer: Aggregate Industries

Apprenticeship: Mineral Products Technology Higher Apprenticeship (Level 5)

Training Provider: University of Derby

Assigned route: Construction/ Engineering & Manufacturing

Reasons for joining the panel: I feel extremely lucky to have been accepted back on to the panel for a second year.  I have been able to represent the voice of apprentices not only from my industry but from the East Midlands to key stakeholders who share my passion for improving the availability and quality of apprenticeships. It has been a brilliant opportunity so far to meet with like-minded apprentices and I want to continue to drive the panel forward and help it to achieve its objectives of becoming a well-founded source of information to the Institute, government and industry leaders.

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RAISA MATADAR

Age: 23

Employer: Jaguar Land Rover

Apprenticeship: Engineering Technician (Level 3)

Training Provider: MAKE UK (formerly known as EEF)

Assigned route: Engineering & Manufacturing

Reasons for joining the panel: I want to help ensure that apprentices across the country have a positive apprenticeship experience and that they feel competent and supported to progress in their careers. As an apprentice, in my previous job I had an experience so poor that I had to leave, but in my new role I have since seen the impact that a high-quality apprenticeship can have. I have been, and always will be, a keen advocate for apprenticeships. Being a part of this panel will allow me to help ensure apprentices across the country are given a voice to create change.

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SAMANTHA ROSS

Age: 21

Employer: Bevan Brittan LLP

Apprenticeship: Solicitor (Level 7)

Training Provider: BPP University

Assigned route: Legal, Finance & accounting

Reasons for joining the panel: I have been an apprentice for nearly three years now. I originally completed a Level 3 paralegal apprenticeship and I have now progressed onto level 7. Having already completed one end-point assessment, I wanted to join the panel to share my views and experiences of this to help develop future apprenticeships. I will strive to voice the opinions of fellow apprentices and look forward to witnessing the changes over the coming years, as the route into the legal profession continues to adapt.


Each panel member has been tasked with supporting apprenticeship standards related to their own apprenticeship, grouped into different ‘occupational routes’. A ‘route’ is a grouping of occupations connected by a need for related training. Apprenticeship standards are grouped into 15 different occupational routes.

They will report to Institute-run groups of employers who make decisions over the future of apprenticeships, known as ‘route panels’.

They will also report directly to the Institute’s board.

The panel is still looking to recruit members from protective services, care services, hospitality and catering and agriculture and animal care.

If you are an apprentice from one of those routes and are interested in applying please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The survey will close on 29 May. If you would like to take part or know an apprentice who would, click here.

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