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Nyle @ X4 Group – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

Nyle @ X4 Group – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

Month: March 2019

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 We’re happy to announce that the winner of Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month is Nyle @ X4 Group!

 

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). Read Nyle’s nomination from his line-manager Sam Bysouth below:

 

Energy: Nyle has the immediate disadvantage of working in a very fast-paced, pressurised environment, so it is a credit to him that he is able to keep up with all of the demands of the company. He brings a really proactive energy to his work, and is always asking for other tasks that he can complete for us. He has recently begun working with our newest apprentice Bola, and is already having a positive influence on Bola’s work ethic and attitude.

 

Enthusiasm: What makes Nyle a pleasure to work with is his enthusiasm not only for his day to day work at X4 Group, but also the enthusiasm he has for his learning with LDN. He is constantly looking for ways to improve his knowledge and has a real passion for IT and supporting people. Whether it is dealing with a complex strategic IT issue, or helping with a small operational task, his enthusiasm means he is always up for doing his best.

 

Willingness To Learn: Nyle has taken to his apprenticeship so well because of his real understanding of his potential to grow and advance his own knowledge with X4 Group and LDN. He will never miss an opportunity to learn, and so is constantly taking notes if we are covering something new to him.

 

Ability To Take Feedback: By having a mature and humble approach to his work, Nyle is always able to absorb feedback and pick out the key parts of this feedback that will allow him to learn and improve moving forwards. In his supervisory role with Bola he is also beginning to give feedback, which I am confident in his ability to do, and I hope will also allow him to continue to understand the value of giving and receiving feedback.

 

Propensity To Take Action: Nyle is a pleasure to manage because he is always keen to do what is needed to complete any task set for him. He is proactive in recognising areas or problems requiring his support, and is always forward-thinking in terms of upcoming issues and potential areas for improvement.

 

Congratulations Nyle!

 

Capacity & Training Time: Overcoming The Barriers To Hiring An Apprentice.

Capacity & Training Time: Overcoming The Barriers To Hiring An Apprentice.

Month: March 2019

Teaching, training, developing and mentoring people on the job, providing them with valuable skills and watching them grow in their chosen career path.

 

These activities have been a passion of mine in every job I have ever had. It has given me job satisfaction throughout my career.

 

So, when I was given the opportunity to work for an apprenticeship provider as a Business Development Executive, I thought all my Christmases had come at once!

 

When I accepted the offer, I thought to myself: “this should not be difficult. Surely all businesses – small, medium or large would be on my wavelength and understand how taking on apprentices helps businesses to grow.”

 

However, since starting I’ve learned that it’s not quite so simple.

 The most common objection I’m encountering which is stopping potential clients from taking on an apprentice is a lack of capacity.

 

That’s a broad word. What is meant by not having the capacity? Is it desk space? Your organisation structure? Time?

 

Second on the list of objections is the extra time clients will need to spend training and coaching the apprentice. Of course we’re all busy – time is money, after all – but when was the last time you took on a new hire who didn’t need loads of training and support up front?

 

So What Are The Objections?

 

First, let’s think about the issue of a lack of capacity. Yes, employing an apprentice means commitment. Initially, an apprentice will need guidance and support, just like any first recruit you hire. They will also need to spend some time working towards their qualifications and attending workshops.

 

On average, three months into an apprenticeship, our apprentices can effectively execute the majority of the duties in their role with minimal supervision.

This means within a short period of time, apprentices are effectively taking on non-critical tasks which free up more senior people in the organisation. Et voila (yes, I’m French) – capacity becomes less of an issue.

 

 

As an objection, capacity is therefore somewhat counterintuitive. Taking on an apprentice might seem like a lot of work at first. But we know that the vast majority of our clients see a marked increase in the productivity of their teams as a result of hiring an apprentice.

 

 

What Are You Waiting For? 

 

Next, let’s have a think about objections around training up an apprentice. Of course, training takes careful planning and time to execute as well. As a result it’s costly.

 

 

However, training up new employees is a fundamental part of the on-boarding process for any growing business. The importance of ongoing on-the-job training and CPD is an undisputed must-have for firms like yours.

 

 

If on-boarding training is a given, what about on the job training? It doesn’t need to be as complicated or structured as you might think.

 

 

Imagine a master bricklayer of yesteryear and her apprentice. The master bricklayer would have taught her apprentice every trick, tool and skill of the trade during the course of the apprenticeship. In the same way, your apprentice will want to soak up all of the experience and knowledge in your organisation.

 

 

And fortunately, it’s not yesteryear anymore. Modern apprenticeships are supported by highly experienced, high quality providers who are there to support you and your apprentice. So, alongside your in-house training, your apprentice will get loads of incredible training from their apprenticeship training provider.

 

 

Good providers will ensure that the apprenticeship training is closely aligned to your business objectives and they’ll teach marketable skills which make apprentices more productive.

 

 

Overall, apprentices bring a new energy, perspective and dynamic to the workplace. Investing in young people today and understanding that these young people are the workforce of the future will protect your business from skills shortages, develop your organisational culture and bring diversity to your team.

 

 

Don’t object – get involved!

Samuel Edwards @Digital Catapult

Samuel Edwards @Digital Catapult

Month: March 2019

Last week we had our fourth annual Graduation Ceremony, where we celebrated all of the hard work and achievements of our apprentice class of 2018/19!

Samuel Edwards was one of the 82 graduates, finishing his level 3 Digital Project Administration qualification alongside working for the UK’s leading advanced digital innovation centre, Digital Catapult.

Since completing, Samuel has now been hired full time by Digital Catapult, who have capitalised on Samuel’s already essential experience within the company and the knowledge he has gained within the workplace over his 13 months with Digital Catapult.

Samuel has been helped along his apprenticeship journey by his line-manager at Digital Catapult, Geraldine Moor, as well as his Learning Development Specialist (LDS) – Dharam Lohia, who have both played a huge part in Samuel’s success story so far.

Geraldine is the Business Development Professional at Digital Catapult and has seen Samuel develop and progress a huge amount over the space of his apprenticeship. So much so that he has been taken on as a full-time member of staff! 

“Samuel was the third apprentice to join Digital Catapult, and the first to work on the facilities team.” said Geraldine.

“His position as front of house coordinator requires him to greet visitors, book meeting rooms and help with inquiries. Having Samuel’s LDS come to our office monthly to discuss his progress was a great help, particularly in the first six months.


“We are thrilled to have Samuel now as a permanent member of the team. Samuel’s willingness to help plus his calm and cheerful manner – even under pressure – makes him a great addition to the team.”
 

Dharam has also had the pleasure of seeing Samuel progress throughout his apprenticeship and as his LDS, was in a position to tutor and specifically align what Samuel was learning with his role at Digital Catapult. 

Samuel’s positive progression into a full-time role within the field of his apprenticeship study is a testament to Dharam’s experienced learning structure and unrivalled support.

“I am so proud that Samuel has secured a permanent role as a front of house coordinator with Digital Catapult!” said Dharam.

“I have seen Samuel develop and mature professionally since he first started and make massive improvements, especially on his communications skills.

 

“Geraldine and the rest of the team at Digital Catapult have been incredibly supportive of Samuel throughout and it’s great to see they’ve taken him on full time and have been rewarded for reruiting an apprentice with a fully-pledged full time member of the team!

 

“I’ll be following Sam’s career closely and I’m sure he’s going to be a huge success at Digital Catapult for many years!”

We’ve heard from Samuel’s manager and from his LDS, so what does Samuel himself say about his journey as an apprentice! 

“My  journey with LDN Apprenticeships has been a great experience.

 

“Since starting I have improved my communication skills, widened my general IT knowledge and gained new skills using Microsoft Office packages.

 

“Digital Catapult has allowed me to learn a number of professional skills such as note-taking and listening on meetings.

My apprenticeship has improved my quality of work and the workshops have allowed me to gain more knowledge of the business world.

“I would like to thank my LDS Dharam, my manager Geraldine and Danait Weldesellasie for believing in me and having the patience to support me through my apprenticeship.

 

“I recommend to every young person to do an apprenticehip because it’s a great life experience.”

Congratulations to Samuel for joining the LDN Apprenticeships class of 2018/19 and landing a full-time role at Digital Catapult!

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