Natalie Sykes, regional director of the Institute of Directors (IoD) in Yorkshire and the North East, has been selected for an influential role that aims to drive employers to create apprenticeships.
As deputy chairman of the Ambassador Apprenticeship Network (AAN) for Yorkshire and Humberside, Natalie, pictured, will support education providers, business organisations and employers to raise awareness of the benefits of apprenticeships and nurturing young talent.
The appointment comes as the IoD extends its student membership scheme to include anyone working towards a Higher Apprenticeship – a pilot scheme in Yorkshire. Student membership benefits include business mentoring, networking and internships.
The move is a further strengthening of the partnership between the IoD and the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), which held its regional National Apprenticeship Awards earlier this month at Northern Ballet, Leeds.
Natalie Sykes, regional director for the IoD in Yorkshire and the North East, comments: “Inspiring young talent is a particular passion of mine and I believe that an apprenticeship pathway is excellent for our economy and for the businesses that embrace apprentices.
“One of my first tasks will to look within our IoD regional network for new Apprentice Ambassadors to join me in championing apprentices across our region with key stakeholders. I’d urge anyone interested to contact me.”
Delroy Beverley, a member of the Institute of Directors (IoD), and chairman of the Ambassador Apprenticeship Network for Yorkshire and Humberside, adds: “The strength of the network is symbiotically tied to the partnerships which exist within the regions and the role we can play in supporting them.
“I am delighted that Natalie has taken on the important role of supporting me. I am looking forward to working with her to take forward the network as we aim to deliver and increase the take up of apprenticeships across Yorkshire and Humberside.”