What will I be doing?
Most of the time, you will be volunteering your time to visit local schools or colleges to share your apprenticeship story. This will usually involve presenting for 5 – 10 minutes to a group of students in years 10 – 13 but could also include attending a careers fair and speaking to people on the stand, supporting mock assessment-centre workshops and participating in social media campaigns.
As well as sharing your inspirational story in person, to young people, their teachers, parents and employers through a variety of exciting events, Ambassadors will also be encouraged to use social media to connect and influence different audiences, sharing the benefits of being an apprentice and a member of the YAAN.
How is it free?
The YAAN is fully funded by the Department for Education and all members volunteer their time.
How much time will I need to volunteer?
We ask that all members try to attend at least 4 - 6 events throughout the year. In addition to this, there will be local meetings and networking events that you will be asked to participate in.
This is why it’s really important that your line manager is aware of the commitment you are making – they may need to allow you to have paid time off of work to participate in activities.
What’s in it for me?
There are so many reasons to join the YAAN….
You will receive free public speaking training as well as access to a wider training and development programme. You will meet lots of other apprentices and make new friends. You will share your story and will be invited to take part in other national and regional campaigns. Best of all – you will have the opportunity to change the lives of young people who might be considering whether an apprenticeship could be for them. That is priceless!