New Year, New Chair to Head up Young Ambassadors

Natasha Scorer
January 19, 2022

A network dedicated to promoting the benefits of apprenticeships has welcomed a new Chair to spearhead the organisation’s “young team”.

Natasha Scorer, 24, has been appointed Chair of the North East Young Apprenticeships Ambassador Network (YAAN) – a group of current and former apprentices who act as vocal advocates for apprenticeships and help shape regional and national policy.

A member of YAAN since 2018, Natasha has fulfilled the role of Co-Vice Chair for the past two years, supporting outgoing Chair Emma Beauchamp, who was last month named Co-Vice Chair of the National Apprenticeship Ambassador Network.

“It is a rare occurrence for me, but I was totally speechless when offered the position,”

she said.

“I feel truly honoured to be given the opportunity to lead such an important and vital organisation, and work alongside some of the most talented, motivated young people in the North East.

“I’d like to wish Emma the best of luck in her new role, she leaves big shoes to fill, but I am excited for the challenge ahead and very much look forward to working with some amazing people on some amazing projects.”

Natasha, from Cramlington, Northumberland, works as an assessor and facilitator at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, having started there six years ago as a Level 2 Apprentice in Healthcare. She now helps guide the careers of new apprentices at the Trust, arranging training and development programmes to help them progress.

“It is fantastic to be supporting apprentices in both my role at the Trust and also with the YAAN,” added Natasha.

“I really value the North East Apprenticeships Ambassador Network as I think it is an important route to apprenticeships, it helps to spread the word on the benefits of not only undertaking an apprenticeship but having apprentices in any organisation.

“Slowly but surely, it is breaking down the negative stigmas and misconceptions surrounding apprenticeships and building a brighter future for our society.”

NEAAN Chair, George Ritchie MBE, said: “Natasha will be a first-class Chair for the YAAN network in the North East and I’m certain that colleagues will join me in congratulating her on this new role and provide her with help and support moving forward.

“Working with Natasha is always an absolute delight, having known her for a long time and worked together on our NEAAN Governance Board. Her enthusiasm, commitment and ever-developing experience has been invaluable over the years and I’m genuinely looking forward to what she will bring this role.”

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.

NEAAN 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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