Special Learning and Development

LinkedIn told me yesterday that it is 4 years since we started our awesome Tech City Stars apprenticeship programme. What a journey its been, both for Tech City Stars and Future LDN, both of which are thriving today as part of the LDN Group. And they wouldn’t be where they are were it not for the awesome work of Rebecca Jennings, our Director of Apprenticeships, and her team of Learning and Development Specialists.

Few people realise what a challenging job these guys have.

Think about it – take a young person who has never worked before, and throw them headlong into a demanding working environment full of new faces, things to learn and challenges to overcome. Then add a generous helping of qualification related work, projects and deadlines. Make sure you don’t forget the coaching, pastoral support and general guidance that apprentices need and lastly, remember that all of this needs to be provided within a strict framework regulated by Ofsted and the Education and Skills Funding Agency. Finally, remember that we’re working through the biggest change in apprenticeship policy in 50 years!

In these circumstances, it’s no mean feat that the LDN Group’s overall achievement rate (that’s the number of apprentices who achieve their qualifications and complete the 13 months of their apprenticeship) sits at an incredible 84.1%. The industry average is just 67%!

Furthermore, 71% of the young people who achieve end up getting permanent roles with their employers, 14% get jobs with other employers and 10% go on to uni or into further education. That’s a 95% positive outcome rate.

I could throw stats at you all day (thanks to Richard Taylor’s relentless pursuit of awesome data in our organisation) but that’s boring. Underneath those impressive numbers are real people, changing the lives of other real people. So today I thought I would write a quick post to celebrate our learning and development team, and the apprentices that they’ve supported to achieve over the years!

Here’s to you, Jaclyn Lartey, Zak Islam, Mohamed Irij, Dharam Lohia, Aziz Chahid, Nick Russell, Beau Sukpran, Ken Joy.

Say hello to our Community Engagement Team

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]You probably know that in the Spring we received permission from Lambeth Council to make some pretty awesome changes to Lansdowne, and in the middle of June, having completed our refurb, the LDN Group team relocated here. This wasn’t just about fixing up the building, it was a deliberate decision to invest in creating a beautiful space for young people in Lambeth. After all, Lambeth is where our first office was, and its a place that we feel deeply connected to.

Lansdowne has been an incredible part of our story. The building, and the local young people who visit it every day have become part of the fabric of our organisation. I can say with absolute conviction we would not be what we are today were it not for the local young people who attend our youth service, community groups who use the building and partners who have supported us.

That’s why I’m particularly excited to say that our investment continues. And this time, we’re not announcing changes to the building, we’re introducing some awesome members of our team.

Leigh-Ann Ncube (@LeighsBliss) joined us in July as our Community Manager, having previously worked at the O2 ThinkBig Hub in Hoxton. Leigh-Ann is responsible for running our youth service and she’s going to be doing some awesome work to add new and exciting activities to our provision, engaging with more young people and giving them the opportunity to thrive and grow. She’s also going to be working closely with the rest of our team to ensure that we bring our expertise in digital apprenticeships to our young members. It’s exciting times!

Next up is the mighty Ana Paola Oliveira-Gomes. Ana has worked with us for a couple of years now. She’s a sessional youth worker for our evening and holiday youth service, and also helps us to look after all of the wonderful community groups who use the centre out of hours. She’s the friendliest, bubbliest and most awesome addition to our team. And the fact that’s she’s fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, French and English is a wee bit of a help! If you’ve not met Ana, I promise you’ll know when you do. She’s a force of nature!

Finally, our most recent addition – Aaron Nziambu. Aaron joined the LDN Group on Monday as our Community Engagement Apprentice. You’ve probably noticed that the Enterprise LDN twitter feed has had some new life breathed into it – that’s Aaron’s doing. In addition to this, Aaron will be supporting our qualified Youth Workers in evening youth service and working towards his own Youth Work qualification. He’s also going to be supporting Leigh-Ann running various events and activities for young people.

We’re looking forward to wheeling the team out more often, and to giving you the opportunity to get to know them all over the coming months. Please join me in giving them a very warm welcome.

If you think there is something that they can help you with, or if you want to get more involved with the LDN Group Community @Lansdowne, please get in touch with Leigh-Ann on leighann@ldngrp.co[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Enthusiastic young people. Inspiring modern teams. Skills for a digital world.

We believe that young people are remarkable, and that they have the potential to help businesses achieve remarkable things.

7 years ago I sat down and registered a company. Little did I know where we would one day end up…

Today, the LDN Group helps businesses to harness the talent of hundreds of young people every year. We devote all of our energy, enthusiasm and resources to supporting brilliant 16-23 year olds into their first career job and our awesome learning and development team help them to build their skills and confidence while in work.

To celebrate our 7th birthday, i thought i would write a quick post about what we do, and why its AWESOME.

1. We create opportunities for young people to work in inspiring, modern teams

We work with the best employers to build high quality apprenticeships, giving young people the best possible chance of success. Apprenticeships should be the start of a successful career and young people undertaking our apprenticeships are assured that they will be working for a great employer doing a job which will give them an outstanding start in their working life.

2. We deliver the brilliant ‘Career Kickstarter’ programme – THE BEST recruitment process for hiring young talent.

Career Kickstarter is a structured event where pre-screened and trained young people meet employers face to face. The entire process is free of CVs. Instead, employers are encouraged to assess candidates based on their #EEWAP (Energy, Enthusiasm, Willingness to learn, Ability to take feedback, Propensity to take action). Skills, aptitude and cultural fit are assessed at work trials, which are coordinated by LDN Group and which replace traditional job interviews.

3. We offer apprenticeships with digital skills embedded in all of them, exclusively for 16-23’s

Business and tech apprenticeships with digital skills at their core. Alongside training for a particular job function, apprentices learn to use digital technologies to be more productive, adding value and driving innovation in the company where they are employed. We use Pluralsight and will soon be rolling out LinkedIn Learning to ensure that our apprentices continue to have access to world class learning content in every topic imaginable.

Pathways are available to suit almost any entry level office-based role, from sales to software development.

4. We provide the best coaching and support to our apprentices, and extra curricular activities which develop soft skills

Qualified and experienced tutors provide high-impact coaching and support to each apprentice, guiding them when things get tough and pushing them to achieve their best every day. A structured programme of one-to-one reviews, online coaching sessions and off-the-job training together with educational extra-curricular activities gives apprentices access to a network which will form the foundation of their career.

If you are interested in finding out how your business could invest in developing talent through an apprenticeship please visit LDNGrp.co or drop me an email simon@ldngrp.co and we can setup a conversation.