Apprentice & Manager of the Year 2020 Nominations

Apprentice & Manager of the Year 2020 Nominations

Jasmine May

We’re delighted to announce the nominations for this year’s LDN Apprenticeships Apprentice of the Year and Manager of the Year!

This is a great opportunity to showcase all of the brilliant and fantastic work our LDN Apprentice class of 2019/20 have achieved throughout their apprenticeship. 

It’s also a chance for apprentices to highlight the dedication and hard work their line-managers have put in during their time as an apprentice. So for the second year running – we are awarding the Manager of the Year trophy across both our Future and Tech LDN pathways.

Check out the nominations below!

Apprentice of the Year

This award is an opportunity to specifically congratulate 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 showcasing #EEWAP to the absolute maximum!

Each apprentice in this category has been personally voted for by their line-managers and colleagues. From running a team of Software Developers to Project Managers at BT Sport – this award in the past has showcased some truly inspiring talent who have now gone on to futher their careers!

The nominees for the Apprentice of the Year as listed below are:


Manager of the Year

For the second year running – we are pleased to announce our nominees for Manager of the Year.

This award gives our LDN Apprentices an opportunity to thank their line-manager for the support they’ve given them throughout their apprenticeship. It’s been great to read what our apprentice across all pathways have said about their line-manager and the different ways each one has helped their apprentices – whether it’s professionally or on a more personal development level.

The nominees for the Manager of the Year Award as listed below are:

Tips & Advice On How To Use Video Call Software for the First Time.

Tips & Advice On How To Use Video Call Software for the First Time.

Jasmine May

Remote work is on the rise!

More and more businesses are making the switch to digital platforms which allow them to stay connected, wherever and whenever! But what can you do to keep up to date with the latest video call software?

Here at LDN Apprenticeships, we’ve been using video call software for a number of years throughout different areas of the business. From delivering a fully digital workshop for our apprentices – to conducting interviews with applicants and candidates interested in starting an apprenticeship.


For example – we use Zoom at LDN Apprenticeships. Other online video call software will work in similar ways, with the same rules and tips mentioned below applying to all. 

To help our candidates, apprentices and staff understand how to join a Zoom call, we created a handy video for them to follow!

Some practices for a normal interview or meeting can be transferred over to a video call. But there will obviously be some differences to consider not only from a technological side – but from a personal perspective as well.

So if you’re finding yourself conducting video calls from your home or doing video interviews for a potential new job, we’ve pulled together some tips and advice that will go a long way in helping you conduct a professional and smooth video call.


Before joining a call, place yourself in a quiet environment.

Background noise can sometimes interfere with the overall quality of the call, meaning some information is lost or missed! To avoid this issue, staying somewhere such as a study room or library can increase the chances of a successful call.


Choose a clear background.

Sitting in front of a blank wall is recommended to minimise distractions for others on the call. We do not recommend sitting near harsh lighting such as a window as this can damage the video quality of the call, making facial expressions harder for the host to read!


Position the camera appropriately.

As this is a virtual call, the only body language available for others to recognise are your facial expressions. This means the camera should be adjusted to be above the shoulders with space at the top of your head to ensure all attendees can see you clearly.


Wear appropriate clothing.

Treat the call as if you’re meeting other attendees in person. Wear something smart appropraite and not your pyjamas! This sets an excellent example to the host and represents yourself well as an individual!


Language must be professional and appropriate.

This also includes any family members in the background, another reason why finding a quiet environment is recommended! Inappropriate behaviour on a call can also end the call short or in worse cases, have strong consequences.


Use a good quality pair of headphones.

Using headphones will help out massively when cancelling out any background noise there might be. If you’re in a room or public place with other people, they won’t want to hear your meeting as well! Headphones are almost essential if this is the case.


Mute your microphone when you’re not talking.

This is especially useful when you’re in a video call with more than two people. Some microphones can pick up extra noise and feedback – which everyone else on the call will be able to hear. If you’re not speaking, just mute your microphone! This way there’s much clearer communication between everyone in the video call.


Prepare for the call 10 mins prior to the schedule meeting time.

Joining an empty meeting room allows for any technical errors such as a broken microphone to be discovered before the actual call. Here you can also adjust the camera, volume and check internet connections before the host enters. This means you’re ready to go straight away and not keeping anyone waiting.

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What do you need to know about becoming an apprentice?

What do you need to know about becoming an apprentice?

Jasmine May

It’s National Apprenticeship Week! So, we thought we’d answer the three BIG questions we receive daily from applicants looking to start an apprenticeship.

Why should I do an Apprenticeship?


Whilst the opportunity to earn a wage whilst gaining a qualification is a clear advantage, there are many unspoken advantages to becoming an apprentice!

Apprenticeships provide amazing work experience whilst you gain a qualification in a field that you’re interested in! This is a brilliant chance to show your line manager or colleagues your employability skills. Opening the potential for you to progress in your career quickly.

Not only is the experience and qualification a huge benefit, there are also student discounts available to apprentices. Cheaper travel and online shopping make budgeting on an apprentice wage that tiny bit easier.

How do I become an apprentice?


There are a variety of different ways you can become an apprentice and you can find them just like you would with any other job role.

A great thing about apprenticeships though is there are designated websites and job boards specifically for young people looking to find an apprenticeship.

The likes of Not Going To Uni, Centre of Apprenticeships and of course, The National Apprenticeship Service are great places to start looking.

Each apprenticeship provider require a different application process.

 At LDN Apprenticeships for example, we don’t ask for CV’s. Instead, we look for something called EEWAP – Energy, Enthusiasm, Willingness to learn, the Ability to take feedback and the Propensity to take action in our applicants.

Take a look at the opportunities page on our website here: https://ldnapprentices.secure.force.com/opportunities


What happens when I complete my apprenticeship?


This is the burning question! Do you get hired full-time? Do you go to university? Can you do another apprenticeship?

Many of these outcomes are down to you! The reward of doing well throughout your apprenticeship can most certainly result in you being hired full-time by your employer.



This is the most common outcome for LDN Apprentices. A massive THREE OUT OF FOUR LDN Apprentices who complete their apprenticeship with us are hired full-time by their employer. Result!


But it isn’t the only positive outcome. Some apprentices go on to further their education. Either progressing onto a more advanced apprenticeship or heading to university.

Other apprentices may go on to another company within the same field of their apprenticeship! With a year’s worth of experience and a qualification in the bag, you can become hot property for some businesses!

Working as an apprentice also gives you an excellent chance to build up your industry contacts. It means that you’ll have a network of people you can seek job advice or help in finding your next role from.

Read more information about becoming an apprentice on our FAQ page for applicants and apprentices HERE.

Hear it from the LDN Apprentices…

We caught up with Lambeth Made, Network Engineer Apprentice, Joseph to find out how he’s finding being an apprentice in the IT industry.

“Being an Apprentice in the IT industry is very fast-paced and very demanding, but it can also be very rewarding if you enjoy what you are doing. It is also a great opportunity for you to get a deeper understanding of the IT industry and gain more knowledge from experts in the field.


Being an Apprentice also comes with a lot of dedication to studying, but if you put your head down and plan your time effectively you will achieve great things!”

Lukas started his Apprenticeship back in August and has since thrived within the recruitment sector. Lukas shared with us his aspirations for life after an apprenticeship.


“Working as an apprentice in the Client Services sector is some hard work. However, this sector gives you loads of unique skills and develops your existing ones for a healthy financial lifestyle in the future.


I would say it’s amazing! As I like to say, I want to be part of the one percent financially and this sector will help me get it!”

Digital Marketing apprentice, Elliot spoke to us about how his current role inspired him to develop his industry knowledge.

“Being a digital marketing apprentice is fantastic as it covers such a wide spectrum of roles, meaning it will interest almost anyone.


I realised my passion lied in analytics, and found that SEO was a great option for me – and it hasn’t let me down.

Every day I tackle new challenges, use new tools, and gain new skills to further my progress in becoming a fully-fledged digital marketer. Best of all, I’m loving every moment of it!”

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Priyanga @ eu Networks – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month

Priyanga @ eu Networks – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month


We are happy to announce that the winner of Future LDN Apprentice of the Month is Priyanga @ euNetworks!

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).

Priya was nominated by her Skills Coach – Steve, and the feedback was provided by Priya’s line-manager and Network Development Director at euNetworks -Patrick Sheridan.

You can read the full nomination below!




Priya is always positive and keen to be involved in Network Development meetings. She takes on tasks without issue and seeks out how to resolve any roadblocks by talking to colleagues and asking for guidance. She regularly asks me if she can help or provide support to the team and programmes we are working on. 



Priya is enthusiastic about what Net Dev does and why! What our role is in the company and how we deliver success. She takes on completes tasks without issue and completed to a high standard. 


Willingness To Learn


Priya is always keen to learn and questions all the team on strategy, decisions and assumptions. The Net Dev role is unusual in that it consists mainly of people who have years of experience in various telco fields. Priya never gets overawed or flinches from asking the team questions on what we are doing. I think she deserves a lot of credit for maintaining a positive approach where others, I imagine, may not. She takes notes and records what she has learnt for future reference.


Ability To Take Feedback


Priya is always willing to listen to feedback from the team and keen to hear how she can further her learning. She does listen and take notes of areas where we think she can improve her knowledge. 


Propensity To Take Action 


As mentioned Priya is always keen to help and support the team. She will reach out to the team and her colleagues pro-actively. A recent example of this was when she was asked to produce some GIS / KMZ maps for a project which was a complex, time consuming task. It needed technical help so rather than give up she asked an SE member for support and worked it through to a successful conclusion. 



I would like to say that Priya is a genuinely nice person and has always added positivity to the team. She has always wanted to do her best and be involved in the Net Dev area which is not easy for someone coming in to company without experience. She is a valuable team member and deserves recognition for her great work this year.


Congratulations Priya! 

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Sean @ Twisted Fish – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

Sean @ Twisted Fish – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

We are happy to announce that the winner of Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month is Sean @ Twisted Fish!

Twisted Fish are specialists in IT infrastructure and cyber security. They operate IT support helpdesks and infrastructure projects for large corporates and small to medium businesses nationwide.

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).

Sean was nominated by his Skills Coach – Aziz, and the feedback was provided by Sean’s line-manager and Senior Technical Support Engineer at Twisted Fish – Enda Hehir.

You can read the full nomination below!




Sean has shown the level of energy and interest that is needed to keep up with a very busy IT support desk. Due to the nature of our business, we are constantly on the phone with clients, so being positive in interactions with our client base is very important. He has also worked on internal projects setting up new machines and desk setups for new starters, and has been instructing the new people on how their setup works. We have had nothing but hugely positive feedback from managers about his attitude and professionalism.



Sean quickly showed a level of willingness to learn and succeed in this new challenging role. He is always asking questions, always wanting to push himself out of his comfort zone to see if he is able to take the next task on. IT is a vast world and can be very overwhelming to a new person coming in with no experience, but he has not shied away from any challenge put in front of him. Because of his pushing, Sean is actually going to be working on the live 1st line Helpdesk come the start of January.



Willingness To Learn


When not on an assigned task, Sean is always studying, be that internal systems he will use in his role as a 1st line Support engineer, or Microsoft subjects for his LDN coursework or further exams he is looking to take. When being instructed on various fixes for our clients issues, he is always attentive, takes notes, and asks questions if required. I know that if Sean has been taught a subject, there is no need for repeated explanations, as he has taken on board the information the first time. This is vital in our line of work, as this directly impacts his effectiveness when dealing with clients directly.


Ability To Take Feedback


We have had several employee reviews with Sean since starting with us and each time I have seen a jump in his confidence with the role he is being asked to train for. We have spoken about what courses and exams he will look at taking in 2020 to help move himself, and our business forward, and he is taking this all on board. He also questions if he can do anything differently, or better, which shows a level of self-reflection we find in our best team members.


Propensity To Take Action 


Sean started with Twisted Fish with two other apprentices, but quickly showed the level of “wanting” that is needed to exceed in this company. He has been heavily involved with our move from our new office back to our old premises. He took on tasks with our Senior Technical Lead to deliver this project with no fear.

To expand on the above, Sean was tasked with assisting the Senior Technical Lead to plan and execute the move of 20 staff member to our newly refurbished office. No task was too small for him to be involved with, from moving desks and equipment, to working and planning out the networking for each user’s desk. This was the first time he was ever involved in a project like this, but was a pleasure to work with. He had every desk ready for the staff member to just plug in and work, with no issues reported. He was able to work unsupervised but was not afraid to ask when the work became out of his knowledge base. To say that our Technical Lead was very impressed is an understatement (whom is VERY hard to impress).

We recently had a blind vote for our end of year party on the person who had made the biggest impact of the year. Though Sean came second in this list, he only lost due to the fact he has not worked here all year!


Congratulations Sean! 

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