Richard Huish College apprentice, Lewis Munday, has recently gained the role of Young Apprenticeship Ambassador, one of only 12 in the South West.
The National Young Apprenticeship Ambassador Network (YAAN) is a group of past and current apprentices that are members of geographically based local YAANs. Their core purpose is to grow and expand the apprenticeship programme by engaging with and providing information on Apprenticeships to young people through a number of different activities and events, primarily but not inclusively focussing on schools, sixth forms and young people in school academic years 11-13.
Lewis’s role as an ambassador is to promote apprenticeships and advocate them through describing his direct experiences with young people, teachers and parents. Activities will include visits to schools, careers fairs and events, and speaking about his experience as an apprentice. Acting as a role model, Lewis will encourage diversity and promote the benefits and opportunities that apprenticeships provide.
Undertaking his ambassador role on a voluntary basis, he will also champion and support marketing, publicity and events to raise awareness of apprenticeships. With National Apprenticeship week coming up on 5th – 9th March, Lewis is keen to actively support the apprenticeship campaigns such as ‘Get in go far’ to raise the level of press coverage and communicate success stories to a wider audience.
Lewis, 19 from Chard, is currently studying the Business Administration Apprenticeship through Huish and hopes this role will not only help his studies but also build his confidence as a public speaker. Lewis commented, “I saw the ambassador role advertised and thought it would be valuable for my own personal development, and also an opportunity for the College to spread the word on the diverse range of apprenticeships on offer. Being accepted as part of the Young Apprentice Ambassador Network was a real honour and I’m looking forward to getting started and inspiring others.”