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!

Natasha Ali @ LDN Apprenticeships – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

Natasha Ali @ LDN Apprenticeships – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

We’re happy to announce that the winner of Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month is Natasha Ali @ LDN Apprenticeships.

 

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). Natasha’s nomination is below:

 

Energy: Natasha been an apprentice with LDN Apprenticeships for over two years and continues to demonstrate great energy and attitude. Natasha is a very personable and works well with the other teams in the company.


Enthusiasm: 
Natasha loves her role and this is reflected in her approach to her job. She approaches all tasks with the same mindset and does her utmost to complete projects on time. She takes pride in her work and always strives for perfection.


Willingness To Learn:
 Natasha started with us as a digital & creative apprentice but has progressed onto the L4 Salesforce Developer standard and is proving to be a competent Salesforce admin. She is now in a position to write apex triggers and classes for Salesforce, debugging code and then deploying into production. Her problem-solving attributes have improved significantly over the past 6 months which has resulted in her ability to resolve issues in a much quicker timeframe.

 

Ability To Take Feedback: Natasha and I meet fortnightly to review how she is progressing against her monthly targets and discuss any issues she has with smaller projects. She takes all feedback on board and actions without any hesitation. She manages her time and workload effectively using Trello and despite having to respond to a high number of people logging support calls, works well under pressure.

 

Propensity To Take Action: Natasha has a pro-active approach when seeking to improve the company’s Salesforce org. She arranges meetings with other LDN employees to discuss new ideas, provide training to new starters or to clarify processes. Natasha is working on implementing several API’s to improve efficiency and has taken the lead on liaising with software providers and freelance developers.

 

Congratulations Natasha!

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!