Libby @ Zebra People – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month

Libby @ Zebra People – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month

Libby @ Zebra People – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month

We are happy to announce that the winner of Future LDN Apprentice of the Month is Libby @ Zebra People!   LDN Apprenticeships highlights a clear message of what makes an AWESOME Apprentice; they must show energy, enthusiasm, willingness to learn, ability to take...

Farhana @ Royal Society for Blind Children – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month

We are happy to announce that the winner of Future LDN Apprentice of the Month is Farhana @ Royal Society for Blind Children!   LDN Apprenticeships highlights a clear message of what makes an AWESOME Apprentice; they must show energy, enthusiasm, willingness to learn,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Sandra Taraseviciute @ Caritas – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month

I’m happy to announce that the winner of Future LDN Apprentice of the Month is Sandra Taraseviciute @ Caritas LDN Apprenticeships highlights a clear message of what makes an AWESOME Apprentice; they must show energy, enthusiasm, willingness to learn, ability to take...

Isabella Collishaw @ Potensis – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month

The winner of Tech City Stars Apprentice of the Month is Isabella Collishaw @ Potensis LDN Group 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...

We are happy to announce that the winner of Future LDN Apprentice of the Month is Libby @ Zebra People!

 

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). Farhana’s nomination is below:

Energy:

Libby brings a considered energy to the office and is always aware of her surroundings. She is consistent and a subtle source of energy around the office. When it comes to the job, Lib brings energy at all times and no task is ever too great or met with negativity. Lib has a long way to travel to and from work and has never once complained about the journey or being tired. She is extremely diligent!

Enthusiasm:

It has been great watching Lib enjoy the role and also brilliant to see that she doesn’t let the hard parts of the role dissuade her. She has a level of maturity beyond her years and is calm and level headed (recruitment can be extremely hard and disappointing at times – where you feel like time has been wasted) and it is impressive to watch Libby deal with frustrating situations handling them with expertise and maturity. She doesn’t let anything get to her – and is determined to do a great job at all times. She is an absolute pleasure to work with.

Willingness To Learn:

Libby is genuinely interested in our industry and always takes action to increase her knowledge in certain disciplines. She is an extremely quick learner, who is able to quickly digest and assimilate new knowledge. She is always enthusiastic when receiving new knowledge and gracious in accepting this. She is also very good when it comes to teaching others new things and helping where needed. The amount of information that Libs has processed and taken on board since the start of her apprenticeship is extremely impressive. She will ask for help if needed – but usually she is able to pick things up the first time and never has to be asked to complete something for second time as her work is always excellent.

Ability To Take Feedback:

 Excellent. Lib takes feedback very well and makes sure that she listens to what she is being told and really takes this onboard. She constantly seeks feedback too and ways to improve her work. She is gracious and mature in accepting feedback. Her ability to communicate throughout this process is excellent.

Propensity To Take Action:

Brilliant – Lib is quick to action tasks, and is always very organised and on top of things (she actually helps organise me!). You only have to ask Lib to do something once and she does it extremely well & thoroughly.

 

Congratulations Libby! 

Sam Stone @ Simply Business! – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

Sam Stone @ Simply Business! – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

Sam Stone @ Simply Business! – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

We're happy to announce that the winner of Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month is Sam Stone @ 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...

Enkil Ceron Alvarez @ TechRelate – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

We're happy to announce that the winner of Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month is Enkil Ceron Alvarez @ TechRelate!   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...

Nyle @ X4 Group – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

 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...

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...

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...

Hamdi Tajeddin @ PMA Digital – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

I’m happy to announce that the winner of Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month is Hamdi Tajeddin @ PMA Digital.   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...

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...

Shahed Miah @ Pracedo – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

I’m happy to announce that the winner of Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month is Shahed Miah @ Pracedo   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...

Tommy Malcheryczk @ Xantura – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

The winner of Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month is Tommy Malcheryczk @ Xantura 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). Tommy’s...

We’re happy to announce that the winner of Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month is Sam Stone @ 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). Read Sams’s nominationbelow:

 

Energy: Sam shows a great amount of energy and determination when it comes to problem solving and investigating new unknown projects. He doesn’t give up until he finds a way to complete his objective. No matter what deadlines he is working to, Sam is always willing to help anyone else in the team with any problem or question that they may have. 

 

Enthusiasm: He is very enthused by all things Tech, Infosec and Data! He has demonstrated that he can brief senior peers within the company with a project in a very clear and concise way, this is great progress. Sam always turns up to work on time and gives 100% every day. Plus he always makes us laugh! 

 

Willingness To Learn:   He is curious and continually learning, he always asks himself the question or to his peers to really understand what he is working with, this is a fantastic trait to have! Sam wants to know it all, I can tell that he is pushing himself to learn as much as he can while he is on this apprenticeship with LDN Apprenticeships and Simply Business. Examples of this is that he listens in closely with our Infosec team to understand it more and in any spare time, he does further self-learning through online courses.

Ability To Take Feedback: When Sam first started, he shared that he had only ever worked on projects by himself so therefore hadn’t needed to communicate with anyone about progress or take any feedback. Now, he works in a team and I regularly give him constructive feedback to polish his strong skills. He has really improved at listening to feedback, showing that he understands and fundamentally takes action on feedback. 

Propensity To Take Action: I couldn’t be happier about Sam’s ability to independently take action using his own initiative to find the best solution! An amazing example of this is his project to rebuild the monthly Newsletter that gets sent to nearly a 1 million subscribers. He has taken the time to learn a new code language so that he could use it to implement his new audience selection queries, built in Looker. As nobody in our team has yet become versed in this, I’ve asked him to obtain a peer review from our Head of Analytics. This is outstanding, Sam has not stuck to what we know and do today, and has gone away to learn and build new logic that we can use going forward, he deserves huge kudos for this!

 

Congratulations Sam!

 

Max Rozmetov @ Simply Business

Max Rozmetov @ Simply Business

As part of our case study series, we’re able to visit our apprentices at a variety of different and awesome business around London. And our latest certainly took us to one of the coolest!

Max Rozmetov is currently working at Simply Business, an online insurance broker located in Central London and 20152016 WINNERS of The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For!

Having now completed his apprenticeship, Max has now been hired by Simply Business on a short term contract before he heads off to University in September.

We also had the chance to talk to Max’s line-manager and senior eCRM Manager – Ata Ata, who was a big part of recruiting Max. Ata was able to give us an overview of Max’s role and how much he has developed and grown since walking through the Simply Business doors.

Ata is also line-manager to another LDN Apprentice within his team at Simply Business – Sam Stone, so was the best person to talk to about his experiences in hiring and managing an apprentice! 

So what was Max’s thoughts behind doing an apprenticeship as opposed to other paths he could have taken after finishing his time at the military?

“What made me decide to do an apprenticeship? A friend of mine actually referred me to LDN Apprenticeships!” Said Max.

 

“He said there was an alternative to going to university where you can work and have a great experience, gather a lot of knowledge and get a diploma at the end.

 

“And that seemed really cool to me.”

After deciding to do an apprenticeship and then applying to become an LDN Apprentice, it was then down to Max to land a role!

He did so when he met Ata at our Career Kickstarter event. A process that Ata has really taken to and an integral part of helping LDN Apprenticeships connect young people with businesses.

“I came away from the Career Kickstarter with goosebumps to be honest!” Said Ata.

 

“I thought ‘wow’ I just met a whole load of really fantastic young individuals that all would’ve been capable of doing a great job here.

 

“They’re all at the start of their career, they’re all really hungry and eager and Max definitely shined through for me.

 

“Out of those candidates, we had four work trials and you could just see the maturity of Max. His technical capabilities, the way he came across as a person and the way we got on together. I could really see him fit well into the team and the business.”

After impressing Ata and the Simply Business team during his work trial, Max was then offered the role. A fantastic opportunity to work with one of the fastest growing companies in central London.

Introducing Max to the Simply Business team.

So what was it like getting an apprentice like Max up to scratch when he first started in the role? Ata remembers when Max was first introduced to the team at Simply Business and how his introduction affected the dynamics of his team going forward.

“It’s been fantastic! He was like a blank canvas when he started here.

 

“He came in, very energetic and enthusiastic. LDN Apprenticeships really trademarked the term #EEWAP and we totally get that and needed that from our apprentice.

 

“We’ve treated him like any other member of the team since he’s been here. He’s been fantastic for everybody.”

The idea of Max being a ‘blank canvas’ when he started was echoed by Max himself. The ability to create a palette of knowledge was something that Max took full advantage of. Thirteen months later, he has now finished his apprenticeship and been taken on short term by Simply Business before he heads off to University with a mountain of experience and knowledge that many of his peers won’t have.

“Simply Business has taught me so much over the last 13 months. So much value and knowledge since I joined.

 

“I remember on my first day, the head of PCC here asked me if I had any experience in marketing, to which I honestly answered ‘no’! I can happily say that after 13 months, my knowledge gained from working within the role and completing my apprenticeship has improved massively!

 

“I’ve undergone so many tasks with my team and been a part of so many projects. Thanks to my manager Ata, who has mentored me along through this journey. I have grown personally and gained so much knowledge about the work we do at Simply Business.”

Max’s development throughout his apprenticeship.

 

One of the great things about helping to guide a young person through their apprenticeship and seeing them develop within their role is noticing the improvements each day, week and month.

Ata has been through the complete process of Max’s apprenticeship. Being able to witness his development first hand, from his first day at Simply Business, right up until Max’s completion.

“The way he’s grown as a person and become more confident. From meeting new people and coming into a huge workplace like this one. He’s networked and made some fantastic friends!

 

“He became fully equipped to complete his apprenticeship. Come up with new ideas, take on work and take ownership and responsibility in both the workplace and through his apprenticeship work.

“An apprenticeship is made for someone who is really dedicated and wants to drive their career forward. Max is definitely that person.”

What advice would Max & Ata give to fellow apprentices and employers?

So as someone who has had such success within his role and has really benefited from being an LDN Apprentice, what advice would Max give to someone else who’s thinking of doing an apprenticeship?

“I would consider all your options and make sure an apprenticeship is the right path for you!

 

“It can be hard work, but most of all, do what you want to do! If you want to have a great experience within an actual work space and get paid at the same time, then an apprenticeship is most definitely the option for you!

On the employer side of recruiting an apprentice, there may be no better person to ask than Ata! 

As previously mentioned, Ata has taken on another LDN Apprentice for his team and has been such a fantastic and inspirational line-manager for Max.

What words of advice would he give to another business looking to hire an apprentice?

“I’ll admit that I had preconceptions before hiring my first apprentice.

 

“Someone might say to me they’ve had a bad experience with an apprentice in the past. I wasn’t sure whether that may have been down to the selection process. Were they hiring the right person?

 

“I have to say all the candidates I’ve met through LDN Apprenticeships have been absolutely fantastic.

 

“It’s been thoroughly rewarding for me as a manager. Its’ been really humbling for me to give someone on the start of their journey an opportunity to get a job, get paid, get experience and get all the things they want to get out of it.

 

“So I would say most definitely do it!”

Following the great success with hiring an LDN Apprentice, along with Max and Sam in Ata’s team, Simply Business have also gone on to hire apprentices within other departments as well!

Serena Vano from our Future LDN pathway is currently working within the Operations department as a Tech Ops Assistant Apprentice, whilst Leila Arar has more recently joined the Marketing side of Simply Business as their new Marketing Design Apprentice!

We’ve loved working with Ata, Max and the whole team at Simply Business. It’s so great for us to see so many success stories like Max’s come out of one company as they continue to invest in youth and benefit from the huge pool of talent that’s in apprenticeships.

Congratulations to Max for completing his apprenticeship and gaining a place at University in September and thank you to Ata and the Simply Business team for their support and guidance to Max and fellow LDN Apprentices.

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Enkil Ceron Alvarez @ TechRelate – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

Enkil Ceron Alvarez @ TechRelate – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

Sam Stone @ Simply Business! – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

We're happy to announce that the winner of Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month is Sam Stone @ 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...

Enkil Ceron Alvarez @ TechRelate – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

We're happy to announce that the winner of Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month is Enkil Ceron Alvarez @ TechRelate!   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...

Nyle @ X4 Group – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

 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...

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

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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...

Hamdi Tajeddin @ PMA Digital – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

I’m happy to announce that the winner of Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month is Hamdi Tajeddin @ PMA Digital.   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...

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

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Shahed Miah @ Pracedo – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

I’m happy to announce that the winner of Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month is Shahed Miah @ Pracedo   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...

Tommy Malcheryczk @ Xantura – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

The winner of Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month is Tommy Malcheryczk @ Xantura 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). Tommy’s...

We’re happy to announce that the winner of Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month is Enkil Ceron Alvarez @ TechRelate!

 

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 Enkil’s nominationbelow:

 

Energy: Enkil has embraced the role of first line engineer on our support desk with real vigour. Having quickly combatted his initial nervousness, he does not shy away from answering the phone – even if the trickiest customer’s name is flashing up on the phone. The reassurance and expertise he is beginning to demonstrate with our customers means that he is increasingly being asked for by name when clients call in, a sure sign of how well he has adapted to his role.

 

Enthusiasm: Enkil has shown how keen he is to familiarise himself with unknown technology and as well as getting to grips with what we have in the office, he has obtained his home router’s username and password so – in his own words – he can play around with it. He has taken a laptop home to enable this – as well as facilitate him working from home should the need arise – showing a real enthusiasm to always be learning and do the best job he can.

 

Willingness To Learn & Ability To Take Feedback: Our MD Julian has taken on a mentoring role of Enkil and when he is in the office, is seated beside him. This enables Enkil to get 1st hand insight into how Julian handles clients / calls and it is becoming increasingly evident that he is applying the TechRelate approach to his own day to day. Being sat so close to Julian, also means Julian gets to listen in on his calls and advise him on the best course of action – sometimes mid-call. It can be difficult to listen to the customer on the phone and be advised what to do by someone close by but Enkil takes Julian’s guidance in his stride, takes note of all suggestions of how to be more effective and applies these learnings to his subsequent calls.

Propensity To Take Action: At the beginning of the year  – as part of our ongoing ISO accreditation, we reviewed our ‘Internal Systems Champion’ list. Enkil was appointed responsibility for the Technical Area – maintaining structure, tidiness and availability of tools. Since he has had this responsibility, the Technical Area has never stayed so organised and he takes time every day to keep it in shape!

 

Congratulations Enkil!

 

Farhana @ Royal Society for Blind Children – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month

Farhana @ Royal Society for Blind Children – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month

We are happy to announce that the winner of Future LDN Apprentice of the Month is Farhana @ Royal Society for Blind Children!

 

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). Farhana’s nomination is below:

Energy:

Farhana was the first apprentice ever employed in our department and her post had previously been designated a full-time role. Having identified the role’s potential as an apprentice post we amended its responsibilities to allow dedicated learning time and to take into account the probable youth, inexperience and development needs of our apprentice. However, Farhana threw herself into the role and it quickly became apparent that she was hungry to learn and more than capable of accepting the challenges of a multi-faceted role. Within a short space of time, Farhana had taken on the full range of responsibilities and duties attached to the role and has since undertaken additional project work with managers and colleagues across the organisation.

Enthusiasm:

Farhana quickly established herself as a popular member of the team. She conducts herself professionally and approaches her work with a maturity that belies her age and business experience. She is extremely organised and this allows her to be flexible, willingly adjusting her workplan to the changing priorities of her day. She is also reliable – if Farhana commits to something we know it will be done competently, with minimum supervision and within deadline. A natural problem solver, her growing self-belief has allowed her to voice her opinions and make suggestions, often drawing on her apprenticeship learning, and she can always be relied upon to remind us to lock our computers when we leave the room!

Willingness To Learn:

Farhana is a quick learner and this has enabled her to take on not only the full range of responsibilities associated with her role but also many additional tasks and personal development activities. She has initiative and is able to learn from colleagues and from each new business experience that she encounters. She also has the intelligence to apply each new piece of learning to all of her work, so that she is continuously reviewing and improving her own practice, to the benefit of the business.

Ability To Take Feedback:

 Farhana is happy to receive feedback, is never defensive and it is clear that she takes it on board and acts upon it. She is always willing to check her work, to clarify when she is unsure and to solicit feedback when it has not been offered. Importantly, she is also learning to be assertive in support of her own decisions and to give, as well as receive, feedback –  an important aspect of personal development.  

Propensity To Take Action:

Farhana has really developed in this area and is showing initiative and a willingness to take responsibility for her decisions. This has been particularly clear in her work on the new CRM system, when she has often taken independent action to deal with glitches, ensuring that the operation wasn’t interrupted and communicating across departments to update on system status and actions taken.

 

 

Congratulations Farhana!