An Apprentice’s guide to London this Christmas!

An Apprentice’s guide to London this Christmas!

 

December has been here a week and it’s time to get Christmassy! To help you have yourself a merry little Christmas, we’ve decided to help you out with a list of the BEST and most AWESOME things to do and places to see in London this winter!

Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park

I don’t know about you, but my Christmas holiday would NOT be complete without a trip to Winter Wonderland!

Winter Wonderland is an AWESOME place to go if you’re looking  to get yourself in the festive mood, and it’s FREE to enter! Head over to Hyde park and have everything from thrilling fairground rides and ice skating, to charming Christmas markets and family shows!

Ice Rink, Somerset House

Get your skates on at Somerset House’s AWESOME 18th-century courtyard ice rink this month! Even if you can’t skate, go with friends and have fun learning, there’s no better place to begin.

Christmas Night Market,

Maltby Street

It may be cold outside but Maltby Street’s festive after-dark markets promise warming drinks & Christmassy treats. Beneath Bermondsey’s railway arches, the AMAZING  food market will run every Friday in the run-up to Christmas. Guests can enjoy festive dishes from around the world and sip on wine while listening to carol singers. If this doesn’t make you feel festive, nothing will!

Carnaby Street

Once the most swinging street in London and still amongst its most fashionable, Carnaby and its sister streets are well worth a visit during the festive season. Discover endless opportunities to shop for all sorts of gifts at a range of flagship shops and indie boutiques. And how about heading around the corner to visit Oxford Circus to see the wonderful lights?

Samuel Edwards @ Digital Catapult – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month

Samuel Edwards @ Digital Catapult – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month

We’re happy to announce that the winner of Future LDN Apprentice of the Month is Samuel Edwards @ Digital Catapult.

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: Samuel is our youngest team member, but is mature for his age. The team couldn’t believe that he turned 18 last month and I expect the visitors that he deals with daily would be surprised. Samuel is our front of house coordinator which requires him to greet visitors and help them with their queries. He treats everyone – our regulars and first timers – with respect. People want to talk to him because he has such a lovely disposition and is always cheerful.

 

Enthusiasm: Often Samuel will offer to come in early when he knows we will be busier than usual. We say no but he still turns up early, which is always appreciated. He’ll happily do extra tasks that are not in his job description without being asked to. Visitors are drawn to him because he makes them feel welcome.

 

Willingness To Learn: Twice so far Samuel has worked with other teams (design and the events teams) to get a better understanding of what we do. On both occasions he wrote detailed reports explaining what he learned; plus the experience has helped him with his existing role.

 

Ability To Take Feedback: Samuel wants to learn and is always open to suggestions. He will also suggest ways that he thinks can improve how he works.

 

Propensity To Take Action: We are changing the way we track visitors and meeting room usage. Samuel came up with two excellent ideas that will be introduced next month: that we receive allowance alerts for visitors who have a room usage limit, and that when booking a room in the calendar that it automatically goes into Salesforce. In the meantime, he has been monitoring room and hot desk usage, which can be time consuming.

 

 

Congratulations Samuel!

How To Do Christmas For Less as an Apprentice

How To Do Christmas For Less as an Apprentice

It’s that time of year everyone! Halloween has passed, the festive season adverts have appeared, and the sound of Xmas jingles begin to follow you around the high street shops and restaurants.

Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year. But for an apprentice like myself, it can also hit my bank account more than any other month of the year.

Last December, from my calculations, I spent well over £400. In the grand scheme of things that seems a reasonably small amount. However, that amount is nearly half of the average apprentice’s monthly salary.

Often when buying gifts you find yourself impulse buying because you see a price that you think is ‘reasonable’ or you’re just feeling the pressure to ensure you get each and everyone on your list a gift. Here are our top five tips on how to have an AWESOME Christmas for less!

Black Friday

Black Friday is a great opportunity to get AWESOME gifts at even more AWESOME prizes!

But don’t settle on the first bargain you see! Whilst the saving may look good, companies often have promo codes to use in conjunction with Back Friday offers.

A few good websites I found for promo codes are:

 https://www.hotukdeals.com/vouchers

https://www.vouchercodes.co.uk

https://www.independent.co.uk/vouchercodes

Budget

Set a budget before you go shopping. Whether it is the price per gift or the grand total of a shop. A budget is always useful to make sure you don’t overspend and can financially afford everything you buy!

Sharing is Caring

Remember a gift is a gift! However big or small or within any price range, it’s the thought that counts!

Look for Bargains

Don’t impulse buy! If you’ve missed out on Black Friday, you’ve got time to investigate and shop around for bargains. Once you put items into your basket, search for them on Google Shopping just to make sure you can’t get them cheaper elsewhere.

Apprenticeship Perks

As an apprentice, you can apply for an NUS apprentice extra card for hundreds of savings all year round. This includes 10% off at Co-op (which could be useful for Christmas dinner), 40% off with National Express (if you’re traveling long distances during the festive season) and 10% off at New Look both online and instore.

 

 

If you’re thinking of BECOMING an apprentice, click on the link below and find out how!

Emanuel da Silva @ Caritas – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month

Emanuel da Silva @ Caritas – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month

We’re happy to announce that the winner of Future LDN Apprentice of the Month is Emanuel da Silva @ Caritas

 

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). Emanuel’s nomination is below:

 

Energy: Emanuel has been at Caritas for 6 months and is truly an invaluable asset to the team. His sheer dedication to go above and beyond has definitely transpired in an impressive way and has shown through hard work you can achieve results.

 

Enthusiasm: Since Emanuel started his apprenticeship he has hit the ground running. He is honest, dependable and incredibly hardworking  and truly excels in an commercial environment. This is whilst fostering positive discussions in order to bring the best out of his colleagues.

 

Willingness to learn: The reason why I took Emanuel on was his response at interview stage that he would like to develop on

his areas of weakness e.g. communication skills. Emanuel has immersed himself into new projects and developed his sales etiquette skills which has proved vital for his role.

 

Ability to take feedback: Emanuel is a true team player and an impressive problem solver who is able to address complex issues as well as take feedback constructively. He is inspired by challenges and is able to resolve it with strategy and confidence.

 

Propensity to take action: As part of Emanuel’s apprenticeship he has been given targets both professionally & academically by which he has proved to me that he is able to balance the two with ease. Overall, he is a dedicated knowledgeable individual who is an absolute pleasure to work alongside.

 

 

Congratulations Emanuel!

Sai Ganesh Maheshwaran @ Potensis – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

Sai Ganesh Maheshwaran @ Potensis – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

 

We’re happy to announce that the winner of Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month is Sai Ganesh Maheshwaran @ Potensis

 

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). Sai’s nomination is below:

 

Energy:

Sai is a popular member of staff here at Potensis and for good reason. He is eager to get stuck in to his core helpdesk duties. If someone approaches IT with an issue, he is straight up out of his chair and off to sort it out and very happy to spend some extra time with the user to explain the situation and perhaps how to stop it happening again if it is within their control.

Enthusiasm:

Sai is always looking to take on the next challenge and is on the lookout for ways to improve processes. He is very keen on gaining a raft of certifications but does well in the work environment to facilitate that. It is clear from all the good work that Sai does how much he enjoys working in IT. He is also extremely enthusiastic about Pizza Pay Day, easily taking down a whole pizza on his own!

Willingness To Learn:

Sai has obviously found the career for him and to say he has a thirst for learning and knowledge is somewhat of an understatement. Sai’s propensity for studying and learning new skills is highly commendable. Sai is now well versed in Office 365 and associated applications, Mobile Device Management, has strong skills in elements of the Microsoft Cloud solution, is a well-rounded helpdesk technician and is starting to get proficient in PowerShell as well as passing scoring highly in both his CompTIA A+ certifications.

Ability To Take Feedback:

Sai actively seeks out feedback where he feels he might not have taken the best path to a solution; although it should be said that often he is being a tad too tough on himself. I am impressed with how well Sai takes constructive criticism on the whole and it is clear that he is trying to improve himself as an IT professional, not just his technical skills but how he interacts with people and how he deals with their IT issues on a personal level. Of the few development issues which Sai has encountered here, he has addressed them with maturity and conviction and has resolved them.

Propensity To Take Action:

Sai has reached the point in his job here at Potensis where clearly understands his role and acts accordingly. I am confident to leave Sai to his own devices and for him to effectively deal with issues as they arise in a logical, methodical and enthusiastic manner, but also to act accordingly if things arise where he should revert to someone more senior. This is the second time that Sai has been nominated for Apprentice of the Month. He has come along even further now in his development and enjoyed more success. I think this is Sai’s month to shine and reap the benefits of all the work he has put in.

 

Congratulations Sai!