Emma Beauchamp
November 26, 2021

North East Young Apprenticeship Ambassador Network Chair, Emma Beauchamp, has been announced as the new Co-Vice Chair of the National Apprenticeship Ambassador Network.

This new position has been created to enable an Apprentice Ambassador to lead on national issues – especially as the network completes the integration of the Young Apprenticeship Ambassador Network (YAAN) with the AAN.

She said:

“Within the network, I’m surrounded by enthusiastic people who are incredibly passionate about apprenticeships and keen to give back to the community they’re part of. I realised quickly how we can change people’s lives and help them find exciting new careers.

“I’m proud and honoured to have been offered this position and look forward to leading and serving Ambassadors in inspiring the next generation of apprentices. I will take all I have learned in my role as North East YAAN Chair, and from working with talented Ambassadors across the network and use it to help apprentices on a national scale.”

Emma first became an Ambassador in 2018, realising how much better apprenticeships were than the preconceptions she had. A passionate advocate, she is looking forward to using her insights from working in an SME at the beginning of an apprenticeship journey, to help other SMEs keen to offer apprenticeships.

NEAAN Chair, George Ritchie MBE, said: “To be selected for this new national role is an incredible and well deserved feather in Emma’s cap. On behalf of everyone in the Network, I’d like to congratulate her on this latest exciting chapter for her in her ongoing development and career.

“I’d also like to thank Emma for her sterling work as NEAAN YAAN Chair. The formal process to engage her successor is already underway, which will mark another step in the evolution of our fantastic network.”

Emma began her apprenticeship journey after college, where she enrolled on a Chartered Managers Degree Apprenticeship with Teesside University and the Chartered Managers Institute. Beginning at Gestamp as a Commercial Apprentice in 2016, she spent two years working in seven different departments getting to understand and experience how teams work across the business.

She then moved into a permanent role in commercial as a Trainee Account Engineer, before moving on to a new role as a Technical Sales Engineer  at Northumbria Optical Coatings, who designs and manufactures optical filters and coatings for the infrared spectrum.

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