A former winner of Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership’s Apprentice of the Year award has joined a national panel to help autistic people in apprenticeships.

Rhiannon Rees-Jones, a former business admin apprentice at Northamptonshire Adult Social Services, picked up the coveted honour at the NHCP Apprenticeship Celebration Event in 2020. She has joined the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education’s apprentice panel, which ensures that the views of apprentices are represented across its work and governance.

Rhiannon said: “I wanted to be on the panel to share my life and experience, build up a network, and to give another voice for autism and continue raising awareness.

“I’ve already had a meeting with various panel members and the Institute members and giving them some of my ideas such as easy read material. And then I’m presenting at the meeting where I’ve got a bit of information on the spectrum on what to look out for like the behaviours to recognise. Hopefully, it will build a platform that will feed into the best practice guidance as well so it’s all very interesting.”

To find out more about Rhiannon’s involvement in the national apprentice panel, click here.