Samuel Edwards @Digital Catapult

Samuel Edwards @Digital Catapult

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

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

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! 

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!