New faces to helm Apprenticeship Ambassadors

June 30, 2022

A team of Ambassadors championing the benefits of apprenticeships welcomed in a new leadership team, this week.

The North East Apprenticeships Ambassador Network (NEAAN) has appointed Professor Ian Green MBE and Jenienne Hinchcliffe as Co-Chairs, to help promote apprenticeships and shine the spotlight on the superstar apprentices and businesses doing great things in the region.

The duo, who will share leadership duties of the role, take over from George Ritchie MBE, who stood down as Chairman in April.

Jenienne, 46, who is Learning & Organisational Development Coordinator (Talent & Leadership Development) at Northumberland County Council, has been working with NEAAN for over two years. She said:

“I am delighted and excited to take on this fantastic role with Ian. I have so much respect for the Network, its members and what it was created to do – promote the excellent work being carried out by apprentices and apprenticeship providers across our region.

“I can’t wait to get started and very much look forward to the journey of building on the legacy of the North East Network and achieving more year on year – growing both the number of apprentices and the great businesses and organisation we are fortunate enough to work with.

“NEAAN is an integral part of the national network, providing a strong voice from the North East, and Ian and I will continue to work hard to develop a successful “best practice and learning culture” allowing members to showcase and be proud of everything that they do for apprenticeships.”

Jenienne previously worked as Workforce Manager Early Years and School Business & Youth Support Officer at Northumberland County Council, gaining a First-Class Honours Degree while working full time.

Ian, 55, who was named National Apprenticeship Champion at this year’s National Apprenticeship Awards in London, held various titles during a 31-years career at Nissan, latterly Section Manager NMUK Learning and Development, Global Training Centre and Nissan Skills Foundation.

An Apprenticeship Ambassador for five years, he works as Learning Specialist for Britishvolt and is a Professor of Practice for Electrification Skills at Newcastle University. Ian was awarded the MBE for services to Apprenticeships and STEM education in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List 2022.

He said:

“I’m thrilled to formally take on this important role and very much look forward to working with Jenienne, who is a true champion for apprenticeships, to build on the legacy we have established.

“I have spent the majority of my career creating quality apprenticeships and working with some of the best and brightest apprentices in the region. To now have the opportunity to help amplify the amazing work being undertaken here in the North East at a national level is incredible and a responsibility I don’t take lightly.

“We have to think big as a national network and my ambition is for it to grow and for that development to be led by a successful North East, and be viewed by the rest of the country as one of the best regions within our national framework.”

NEAAN was created to serve the North East, promoting, championing and creating apprenticeship opportunities. It works with companies and organisations to raise the profile of apprenticeships and encourage firms of all sizes to engage in the apprenticeship agenda.

The network also works with young people considering apprenticeships and those already in apprenticeships, offering the opportunity of utilising national and regional platforms to speak about why they chose an apprenticeship and why it works for them.

Part of a rapidly growing UK network, NEAAN works with employers and young people to celebrate apprenticeships and inspire the next generation of apprentices.

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