The main purpose of the panel is to ensure that the views of apprentices are represented across the work and governance of the Institute.  The panel decides for itself which issues to focus on and can advise and challenge the Board. Members of the panel are currently helping to develop content aimed at apprentices, for the Institute website.

Joining the Apprentice Panel

We are currently only recruiting apprentices from the following routes, as all other positions have been filled: 

  • Construction
  • Transport and Logistics 
  • Catering and Hospitality 
  • Protective Services


If you’re a confident and committed apprentice, and passionate about apprenticeships and technical education, this is a great opportunity for you to make an influential contribution to the Government’s technical education reforms.

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute) works with a panel of apprentices drawn from across industry and the length and breadth of England to advise Government from the apprentice perspective. The Institute’s apprentice panel is made up of enthusiastic past and present apprentices that provide their insights to influence the Institute’s work and the Government’s policy on apprenticeships in a tangible way.

The panel meet every other month at the Institute’s offices (and elsewhere) to discuss current topics, ideas for the future and offer our opinion to the Government. This includes regular meetings with Ministers of State and senior Government officials – so the Panel has a unique opportunity to influence developments at the very highest levels.

You could be 16 or 60, doing a L2 to a L7 apprenticeship, or working in any industry: we want the broadest possible representation on our panel.

Who you’ll be working with

The Panel works mainly directly with the Institute itself. It is facilitated by members of the Institute staff, who help ensure that Panel members have the best access to those they need to come into contact with.

The Institute’s work is mainly concerned with the design and approval of apprenticeship standards and T Level qualifications, but the Panel will have opportunities to influence other parts of Government concerned with areas such as the promotion of apprenticeships and the quality assurance of training.

Members of the panel have freedom to agree how best to influence and share their views, but the Institute also provides support and guidance to help members to make the best of the opportunities they have.

What you’ll be doing

It’s expected that apprentices on the panel will be visible and enthusiastic ambassadors for apprenticeships in a range of ways, but they will also have responsibility for gathering the insights of as many apprentices as possible, and ensuring these are able to be heard and understood by those with the power to change things for the better. You’ll also be working with the Institute’s Relationship Managers and other officials to ensure its apprenticeship standards are as good as they can possibly be.

The Institute will support panel members to survey apprentices, and to find speaking opportunities. There will be guidance about how best to promote apprenticeships using social media and other channels. Sometimes your work might involve high profile or media opportunities.

What experience you’ll need to apply

Members of the panel need to be current apprentices, or people who have recently completed apprenticeships. It will be important for you to have a good understanding of the apprentice journey, and either have, or be willing to develop, a good network of connections with other apprentices

A good candidate for the panel would be someone who is confident, committed and passionate about apprenticeships. Ideally the Institute would like a diverse panel with mixed experience, with at least one apprentice from each of the fifteen routes.

Applicants will need their employer’s support to join the panel, as there will be a commitment of time that will need employers’ support. Employers and apprentices should be aware that the time spent on panel work is unpaid, and will not count towards the 20% Off the Job Training requirement of an apprenticeship. However, reasonable travel costs are reimbursed.

We expect those joining the panel to make a one year minimum commitment to the panel, attending no fewer than four of the six Panel meetings which are held per year, and undertaking other activities as required by the Institute. Members have a great opportunity to engage with and influence Government policy. In our experience of working with apprentices on the panel,  those who get the most out of membership, will be those who put the most effort in.

Making an application

You can make an application to join the Apprentice Panel by completing the form. Before completing and submitting the form, please do ensure that:

  • you have read all the information in this form, and that you understand the commitment you are making;
  • you have discussed the contents of this form and the requirements of the role with your employer;
  • your employer has indicated their support for you applying for the role and is content for its name to appear on the Institute’s website alongside your own name in the event that you are successfully appointed to the Panel.
  • Closing date 13 March 2020

Make an application to join the Apprentice Panel