The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute) has refreshed its panel of apprenticesThe panel’s first high-profile role will be collecting feedback from other apprentices on their learner journey through a new survey

The Institute’s panel of apprentices has been refreshed with 20 impressive new recruits from across the world of earning and learning.

Their first important task is to gather feedback from apprentices about the quality of training they are receiving and end point assessment.

Their survey launched today (30 April) also asks for comments on the impact that Covid-19 is having on apprenticeships.

Jennifer Coupland, chief executive of the Institute, said:

“I would like to welcome the new panel members who have joined six existing members staying on for a second year.
“They will play an important role in providing the Institute, along with employers who help us develop new apprenticeships, with invaluable insight into the experiences of the people who matter most – the apprentices themselves. This is more important than ever in these challenging times.
“I’m delighted that this new survey will help us to gather more information and feedback from apprentices than we have ever done before.”

The revamped panel is made up of people from a wide variety of sectors and different backgrounds. Their biographies feature a summary of their reasons for joining the panel and can be viewed on our website.

Each panel member has been tasked with supporting apprenticeship standards related to their own apprenticeship, grouped into different ‘occupational routes’.

They will report to Institute-run groups of employers who make decisions over the future of apprenticeships, known as ‘route panels’.

They will also report directly to the Institute’s board.

The panel is still looking to recruit members from protective services, care services, hospitality and catering and agriculture and animal care. If you are an apprentice from one of those routes and are interested in applying please email

The survey closing date has been extended from 29 May to June 12. If you would like to take part or know an apprentice who would, complete the form.

For background:

  • A ‘route’ is a grouping of occupations connected by a need for related training.
  • Apprenticeship standards are grouped into 15 different occupational routes.