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Danielle @ Bespoke Curtains and Blinds – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

Danielle @ Bespoke Curtains and Blinds – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

Month: February 2019

We’re happy to announce that the winner of Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month is Danielle @ Bespoke Curtains and Blinds 

 

LDN Apprenticeships highlights a clear message of what makes an AWESOME Apprentice; they must show energy, enthusiasm, willingness to learn, ability to take feedback and propensity to take action (EEWAP). Danielle’s nomination is below:

 

Energy: Danielle has been a breath of fresh air to the company. She has a wonderful and pleasant nature and has integrated seamlessly into our small office. Danielle’s excellent start has put aside any question I had about whether an apprenticeship was the right choice for the company. I can see Danielle being a great success for us.

Enthusiasm: Danielle approaches her work with a positive mindset. She is focused on her tasks and her enthusiasm for digital marketing is obvious. She enjoys her work and seems to enjoy working with our small team. Danielle’s time here has given me the impression she would like her new role to contribute to the success of the business – in short she has given me the impression that she is dedicated and cares. These are great attributes from an employer’s perspective.

Willingness To Learn: This follows my previous comments as Danielle has shown great propensity for her work and tasks. Danielle has overseen a complete revamp of our social media platforms. On our recent catch up meeting she expanded on the different analytics and programs she has introduced to help raise our profile and track the development. I found this remarkable. We have already seen positive feedback and Danielle has already put forward ideas on how we could continue to improve our presence.

 

Ability To Take Feedback: Danielle is very approachable and a very good listener. Any replies or suggestions are always considered and well thought out. These are excellent qualities and allow for easy and free flowing exchanges. She takes feedback on board and implements things well.

 

Propensity To Take Action: This one of Danielle’s strong points. In fact, she secured the role by showing excellent initiative in the trial day she spent with us. She kept herself busy throughout the day and showed flair in working through her tasks. I am pleased to say she has continued in this manner ever since. This is crucial to Danielle’s success given we are a small company and she is left to her own devices in many respects. When given tasks, she carries them out efficiently and nearly always at the first time of asking. In addition to this, Danielle continuously introduces new ideas and methods and has begun to create a genuine and important role within our company which quite simply did not exist before her arrival. 

 

Congratulations Danielle!

Tan @ Warner Bros – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month

Tan @ Warner Bros – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month

We are happy to announce that the winner of Future LDN Apprentice of the Month is Tan @ Warner Bros!

 

LDN Apprenticeships highlights a clear message of what makes an AWESOME Apprentice; they must show energy, enthusiasm, willingness to learn, ability to take feedback and propensity to take action (EEWAP). Tan’s nomination is below:

Energy:

Tan expresses strong energy everyday with no task being too small or too big. He is always willing to take on tasks from all departments and not just his immediate team and this energy is definitely making his valuable asset amongst all teams in finance. Tan has to business partner a lot in WB, and he does so very well. If asked about the sales team to investigate variances in their figures, he shows good energy to them by taking on the task immediately, much to their delight!

Enthusiasm:

Tan has said many a time that he is always wanting to take on more work and he would like to try new tasks all the time. It is this enthusiasm that he shows on a daily basis that makes him well respected within the finance community at WB. He is always willing to make conversation with other finance colleagues and as such, is becoming a strong character in the team.

 

Willingness To Learn:

Tan has regular sessions in his own for learning and improving his skills. I am incredibly impressed with his willingness to learn and how far he has come. We are implementing new programs in WB which very few people in WB are proficient at (Tableau), and Tan has taken it upon himself to learn more in his own time, and sought out the WB experts to add to that knowledge.

Ability To Take Feedback:

Myself and Tan’s colleague Martin have regular 1:1’s with Tan, and when demonstrating negative feedback, it appears to never hold him back. In fact, he strives to correct his mistakes and ensures that he takes on the feedback to prove he is capable.

Propensity To Take Action:

This month Tan has improved significantly in taking initiative to new tasks to improve them. We have a lot of customers in WB where we need to price check the amounts our product is sold for. It is a complex process but Tan has created his own file which makes this  a much easier process.

 

Congratulations Tan! 

LDN Graduation 2019.

LDN Graduation 2019.

Month: February 2019

On Thursday, LDN Apprenticeships welcomed over 100 apprentices, employers and guests to our fourth annual Graduation ceremony, where the class of 2018/2019 celebrated their achievements and were each awarded with a trophy to commend their hard work during the course of their apprenticeships.

Apprentice of the Year

Our graduation ceremony is an opportunity to announce our Apprentices of the Year! This is to award the two apprentices within both the Future LDN and Tech LDN programmes that have not just excelled within their apprenticeship but also within their workplace, becoming an integral part of their team and showing #EEWAP to the absolute maximum!

The winners of the Apprentice of the Year were:

Josh Gomes (Tech LDN) – Benefacto

Ellie O’Reilly (Future LDN) – Funding Circle

Tech LDN - Apprentice of the Year 2019 - Josh Gomes - Benefacto

Josh embodies EEWAP, illustrated by his contribution to every project.
He brings energy and enthusiasm to planning; voicing new ideas or suggesting new ways of doing things.
Josh is forced to embrace a steep learning curve: teaching himself a new language? No problem. Complex business logic? He’ll find a way. Interacting directly with clients to learn requirements? Josh is already dialing the number.
Eager to improve, Josh takes on feedback readily and whatever is required he’ll take the actions required to deploy elegant, tested code on time every time.
Given the right encouragement Josh will end up as an accomplished CTO – it’s our job to encourage him with this award.

Future LDN - Apprentice of the Year - Ellie O'Reilly - Funding Circle

Ellie has made a huge impact since being at Funding Circle. She completed her Level 3 and is now in the middle of her Level 4, all whilst quickly progressing within the team to become a Senior Administrator. She is a consistent top performer and has taken on additional responsibilities such as leading training sessions and acting as a mentor for our new starters, holding weekly catch ups with them and reporting on their statistics. She is well known around the business and is considered friendly and approachable, and has even won a company-wide award on two occasions for her commitment to the role.

With so many great nominations, it was tough to pick just two from Tech LDN and Future LDN.

The rest of the nominations for Apprentice of the Year can be seen below:

 

Manager of the Year

 

For the first time ever, we unveiled the Future LDN and Tech LDN Manager of the Year!

We know the BEST apprentices always have a great manager to help them throughout their apprenticeship journey. So we felt it was time to reward the managers behind the AWESOME apprentices. 

The winners of the Manager of the Year were:

Sam Bysouth (Tech LDN) – X4 Group

Catherine Lyons (Future LDN) – euNetworks

Tech LDN - Manager of the Year - Sam Bysouth - X4 Group

Sam has been very versatile when it comes to teaching/mentoring me on IT, considering he covers other areas of the company he still has knowledge on what it takes to become a good IT support technician. I feel Sam has put a lot into me guiding me through my apprenticeship and should be rewarded for his hard work.

Future LDN - Manager of the Year - Catherine Lyons - euNetworks

Catherine has to be one of the best managers out there in the AR and AP sector. She will always do the utmost for her team and finds comfort in watching her team succeed and will never take the light away from them.
She has seen 3 apprentices finish the course and has had 1 apprentice of the year. Catherine deserves this award for her commitment to watching the continuing growth of her apprentices and acting like a mother figure when sometimes as an apprentice you may lose your way, much more than anybody could ask for in the workplace.

 

The rest of the nominations for Manager of the Year can be seen below:

Adam Hunt @ District4

Adam Hunt @ District4

Month: February 2019

Recruitment company District4 hired their very first apprentice in October last year and introduced Adam Hunt as their awesome new Digital Marketing apprentice!

 

There are a number of fantastic apprenticeship stories within the awesome businesses we work with at LDN Apprenticeships and it’s always great to place young people into jobs around London with brand new companies.

 

We discussed their roles and how Adam has helped District4 progress as a business and helped them compete within the highly competitive recruitment industry.

Adam started by telling us about why he applied for an apprenticeship and the choices he had to make.

“I decide to do an apprenticeship because I went to uni last year and I didn’t feel like it was for me.

 

I work better by actually doing practical work alongside the learning process, so an apprenticeship was much better for me personally.”

After making the big decision to leave university and kickstart his career with an apprenticeship, it was now time to get a job!

Adam met Kyle at our Career Kickstarter event, who was attending alongside several other employers looking to recruit an apprentice into a digital marketing role for his team.

Amongst a strong group of potential digital marketers, Adam stood out amongst them. Kyle felt he would be a perfect fit for the District4 team.

“What convinced me to recruit Adam was meeting and interviewing him at the Career Kickstarter,” said Kyle.

 

“Spending time with a different group of potential apprentices and seeing different skills was a big part of the hiring process.

 

“Then after seeing Adam’s skills really shine when given different tasks during his work trial for us, we felt like he was a really good cultural and skills based fit”

Within the ever-changing world of recruitment, it is important for recruitment companies to keep up and evolve its business for the digital world.

Kyle went on to talk about the tasks and jobs Adam has taken over since starting at District4 and the weight it has lifted off his shoulders, not to mention the time it has saved not only him, but the company as well. 

“Before Adam joined, I was responsible for all of our social media and the planning of our community platform!

 

“He has now taken on both of these roles to great effect. He owns them completely and has freed up an incredible amount of valuable time.” 

Adam explained to us in more depth about those tasks he has taken over and how he has become such an integral part of the District4 team in such a short space of time.

Taking over the marketing side of the business and implementing new strategies and ideas was certainly a big task and Adam knew this was an opportunity to show his passion for marketing.

“No one else was really marketing here, so I pretty much had to do everything myself. So it’s really good to understand the concept and different strategies the I can use.

 

“I’ve also been a part of creating big projects in the first few months as well. We did a series called ‘Why Move’, which is all about relocating to different areas of the world which I wrote the copy for and marketed.

 

“I also created the infographic that was shown at our awards night and seen by the whole company, so that was really enjoyable to create as well.”

The world of recruitment is changing and District4 are evolving with the times. The days of hitting the phones and talking to as many people as possible are still a huge part of recruitment, but the advances in technology and online recruitment mean there is a huge area of potential expansion.

Now Adam is settled into the role and embedded into the team, Kyle can now begin to see the benefits in recruiting a digital marketer for his sales pipeline.

He talked to us about his decision to recruit a young person studying digital marketing, as opposed to a ‘traditional’ recruiter.

“For Adam’s role, it isn’t about the recruitment experience and the ability to recruit. It’s really about communication with our community as a talent, so having someone who isn’t focused on recruitment allows them to build a much easier relationship.

 

“From that, we’ve seen a lot of positives. We’ve brought in new clients from events that Adam has been a part of running and we’ve certainly seen a huge uptake in our followers on Twitter and LinkedIn. Social media presence really does make a huge difference.”

By introducing Adam to the team, Kyle took advantage of an untapped pool of talent he wouldn’t have been able to find without hiring an apprentice.

There was a well thought out recruitment structure when deciding to hire an apprentice, with the idea of not only bringing in fresh ideas but changing the team dynamics upon his arrival as well.

 “We could have gone and tried to find someone with experience but I think they would’ve brought a very rigid view of how to do things.

 

“Having someone come in without the experience but a lot of new ideas has allowed us to really try different things.

 

“Adam is now an integral part of the team. He’s very keen to own parts of the role confidently and delivers on them consistently.”

Adam and his team at District4 are a brilliant example of how apprenticeships work for businesses and for young people.

Recruitment is a highly competitive business and by hiring Adam, Kyle and the team are futureproofing their business by and injecting new ideas into the company with a digital marketing apprentice.

Congratulations to Adam on his continued success and thank you to Kyle for all of the continued support he has given to him.

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Serena Vano @ Simply Business – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month

Serena Vano @ Simply Business – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month

We’re happy to announce that the winner of Future LDN Apprentice of the Month is Serena Vano @ Simply Business.

LDN Apprenticeships highlights a clear message of what makes an AWESOME Apprentice; they must show energy, enthusiasm, willingness to learn, ability to take feedback and propensity to take action (EEWAP). Samuel’s nomination is below:

 

Energy: Serena is a fantastic person to have on the team, not only because of the amazing support she provides, but because of her positivity and energy she brings every day. Everyone seems to smile and laugh when they speak to Serena, as her energy is infectious and her personality is so friendly and uplifting.

 

Enthusiasm: Every single task given to Serena has been taken on with full enthusiasm and determination. Whether it is small tasks or complex projects brought her way, she always gets stuck in and motivates me too! This also allows us to celebrate our successes and embrace the variety in our work. Her enthusiasm for her work means people enjoy working with her and trust that she will put her all into anything sent her way..

 

Willingness To Learn: Serena has taken the initiative to upskill herself on programs such as Google sheets, Google docs, and our recruitment software Lever. This helps her in her day to day work and she has even shown me a thing or two! In any quiet moments during the week I can always find Serena doing training, using all her spare time effectively. She also asks great questions and is not afraid to reach out to me or other members of the team to gather information that she needs to complete her work.

 

Ability To Take Feedback: Serena’s positive attitude and personality means that we work very openly, and can discuss any feedback in situ and build on it. 

 

Propensity To Take Action: Serena is incredible efficient, which means the wider team and I can always rely on her to get jobs done quickly (which is an important part of our role). Serena always thinks ahead and goes above and beyond, so that when I think of things or ask her to help out, she has often already thought of it and actioned it. This also means I have confidently handed processes over to Serena knowing that she will run with it and use her initiative, making her and incredibly valuable member of the team!

 

 

Congratulations Serena!