The Apprentice Voice

Introducing TAV

The Apprentice Voice is an organisation representing apprentices to initiate positive change within the apprenticeship system.

 

We do this by:

  • surveying apprentices;

  • carrying out research;

  • running campaigns;

  • and working with influential figures.

 

Our aim is to make apprenticeships fair, accessible and appealing to all apprentices.

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About TAV

The Apprentice Voice was founded in 2019 by a group of apprentices who wanted to initiate positive change within apprenticeships.

 

The group formed due to their shared views on certain aspects of apprenticeships, such as the cost of travel for apprentices and the stereotypes that apprentices are faced with.

 

Understanding the true value of apprentices to companies and the economy, the group were passionate for apprentices to feel represented. They wanted all apprentices to have a voice.

The Apprentice Voice is an independent, nonprofit organisation. The apprentices who formed the group, voluntarily work on behalf of apprentices across the country to share their views and opinions in the hope of initiating positive changes.

 

Meet The Team

The Apprentice Voice team consists of three highly committed apprentices. Brought together by their shared values, the team are now determined to make apprenticeships fairer, more accessible and appealing to all. The team wishes to maintain contact with as many apprentices across England as possible and reassures you that the work they complete will be representative of all and shall be based on the opinions and views you provide them. Please find out more about the TAV team below.

Katie Fiddaman

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Katie is currently completing her Level 6 Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship in Business Management at Pearson College London. Her job role is within Communications, Content and PR, focusing on social media, blogs, PR, website content and reporting. Katie has had various articles surrounding degree apprenticeships published in different media outlets, including Cosmopolitan magazine for example.

 

Outside of her immediate job role, Katie always volunteers to aid apprenticeships recruitment within work and outside, as part of the Young Apprentice Ambassador Network. She has represented the network at various events and is always keen to promote the value of an apprenticeship.

Dexter Hutchings

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Dexter completed his level 3 apprenticeship with the Edge Foundation in March 2018 and is now working towards his level 6 in Digital Marketing.

 

Dexter is a constant ambassador of apprenticeships and has spoken at numerous events. He has an essay published in the Learning and Work Institute’s report on the quality of and access to apprenticeships. An articulate and passionate advocate for apprenticeships, he was a member of the discussion panel at the report’s launch at the House of Commons and also spoke at the 2018 National Apprenticeship Awards.

Niamh Mulhall

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Niamh completed her level 3 Business Administration apprenticeship at the Western Sussex NHS Trust in 2018 working as a Junior Doctor coordinator in 2017. She currently works for Pearson College London as a Data and Insight Assistant completing the level 6 Chartered Business Management degree apprenticeship.

 

With a clear passion for statistics and data Niamh strives to develop the quality of apprenticeships for all, whilst promoting and educating people on the value an apprenticeship can have.

 

Frequently asked questions

What is TAV?


We are an independent organisation representing apprentices to initiate positive change within the apprenticeship system.




What does TAV do?


We are making apprenticeships even better, specifically focusing on the apprentice experience. We value the views of current apprentices and believe they know the needs of apprentices better than anyone else. However, we’re not here just to listen to the views of apprentices – we genuinely want to make changes to make apprenticeships fair, accessible and appealing to all. There’s many ways in which we aim to do this.




How does TAV plan to achieve its goals?


We survey apprentices across England to assess the current apprentice climate – apprentices views are extremely important to us. Our surveys gather key statistics which help us form research reports. Our research creates the foundations of our campaigns. We believe that people will be more inclined to support a campaign which is made by apprentices to represent apprentices. We make sure our research is heard as far wide as possible, especially by those who have the power to make change. The objective is to improve certain areas of apprenticeships for current apprentices.




Does TAV benefit apprentices?


Definitely. We are run by apprentices for apprentices. Our main goal is to help make an apprenticeship system which works for and benefits apprentices.




How is TAV funded?


We receive no funding. The apprentices who run TAV all do so voluntarily.




Can I be a part of TAV?


There’s many ways to get involved with TAV. We appreciate all support, from follows on Twitter, @ApprenticeVoice to survey completions. Should you wish for a bigger involvement in TAV, email us on info@theapprenticevoice.co.uk and we can have a chat about the possibilities.




Who founded TAV?


We were founded by apprentices for apprentices. Read more about our founders under the ‘THE TEAM’ section of our website.




When was TAV founded?


We were founded in April 2019, and we have come a long way since then. You can stay updated with all the work we do by subscribing to our mailing list.




Is TAV profitable?


We are an independent organisation that does not look to profit from any endeavours. Any profits made from any activity are reinvested in the research and development of new ideas and campaigns for the initiation of more positive change within the apprenticeships system.




Would TAV be interested in working with us?


We are always looking for like-minded individuals, groups and organisations to work with. Anyone who is passionate about making apprenticeships better should contact us on info@theapprenticevoice.co.uk for a chat!




How can I contact TAV?


You can get in touch with us via the ‘CONTACT’ page or email us directly on TheApprenticeVoiceTAV@gmail.com. Either way, we will get back to you as quickly as possible. Please do allow 2-3 working days for a reply as our emails are monitored by volunteers – they can be quite busy at times.





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