The Apprenticeship Ambassador Network (AAN) is a group of employers, chaired by David Meller, whose main aim is to spearhead the drive to engage new employers to commit to apprenticeship delivery in England.
Ambassadors are chosen to join AAN because:
- they demonstrate a high commitment to apprenticeships and/or traineeships in their own workforce
- they have a high profile in their sector or geographical area
- they represent a diverse range of employment sectors
They undertake their ambassador role (on a voluntary basis) by supporting and influencing a wide range of key stakeholders including schools, colleges, local enterprise partnerships, employers and their supply chains, trade associations and employment bodies. They champion and support marketing, publicity and events to raise awareness of apprenticeships and also mentor other employers.
The national apprenticeship ambassador network is also supported by local apprenticeship ambassador networks (LAAN) throughout England. The chair of each LAAN is also a member of the national AAN.
The chair of the network David Meller is joint chairman of his family business, the Meller Group, one of the largest luxury home and beauty suppliers in the UK. He is chairman of the President Club charity, board member and a trustee of Greenhouse charity and a Non-executive board member, Department for Education. He established the Meller Education Trust, which has established 5 academies since 2004 and 2 university technical colleges, with another opening soon. He has chaired the AAN since March 2014.
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Apprenticeship ambassador network meeting minutes
AAN meeting minutes - 12 September 2017 (PDF, 101KB, 7 pages)
AAN meeting minutes - 29 June 2017 (PDF, 96.7KB, 7 pages)
AAN meeting minutes - 18 January 2017 (PDF, 114KB, 8 pages)
AAN meeting minutes - 21 September 2016 (PDF, 84.8KB, 8 pages)
AAN meeting minutes - 5 May 2016 (PDF, 286KB, 8 pages)
AAN meeting minutes - 19 January 2016 (PDF, 286KB, 8 pages)
AAN meeting minutes - 16 September 2015 (PDF, 89.8KB, 8 pages)
AAN meeting minutes - 28 April 2015 (PDF, 68.7KB, 6 pages)
AAN meeting minutes - 20 January 2015 (PDF, 204KB, 7 pages)
The Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills Anne Milton has appointed new MP ambassadors to champion the apprenticeship programme.