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The Association of Apprentices announces appointment of CEO

The Association of Apprentices promotes former Partnerships Director, Emily Austin to the position of Chief Executive Officer.

The Association of Apprentices (AoA) announces the promotion of former Partnerships Director to the position of CEO. Emily Austin, will now have the primary responsibility to bring the Association of Apprentices to the forefront of the industry.  Having launched its pilot operation in February 2021, followed by additional platform and app development, the Association formally launched its services in September 2021. Ambitions for this year will focus on membership engagement, further widening the apprentice community and delivering value for apprentices and partners.

“We are really pleased to appoint Emily as Chief Executive Officer of the Association. Emily has been an excellent Partnership Director for the Association, building a wide array of strong strategic relationships and instrumental in growing our membership. We wish her every success” said Sir Peter Estlin, Chair at the Association of Apprentices.

“I’m delighted to be appointed as the new CEO of the Association of Apprentices.  It is such a privilege to be leading an organisation that supports thousands of UK apprentices with the things that matter the most; whether that be life skills, mental health and well-being or simply the chance to belong to a community where they can share experiences and advice.  We know the many benefits of social learning for individuals and employers, and I believe the Association is in the strongest possible position to deliver this” said Emily Austin.

Austin joins with over 10 years’ experience in the sector, having previously worked as an apprentice employer leading Lloyds Banking Group’s apprenticeship programme and for apprentice training provider Capita Learning.  Austin joined the Association last year on secondment from Founding Partner Babington as Partnership Director and has overseen external relationships and engagement; helping to move the Association from concept to launch and build its offer to apprentices.  Austin will also continue in her capacity as Director at the St Martin’s Group, a membership organisation focused on building a sustainable, quality-focused and employer-led apprenticeship and skills system in the UK.

The Association of Apprentices is a membership association that creates a community for the UK’s almost one million apprentices. AoA aims to provide the social and broader elements often missing from apprenticeship programmes, access to advice and guidance which supports life-long career development, and a lifetime of professional networks.

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