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Becoming Lambeth Made!

Becoming Lambeth Made!

Lambeth Council and LDN Apprenticeships are working together to create at least 100 new apprenticeships for young residents of Lambeth, working for companies in and around Lambeth.

We believe that young people in Lambeth can achieve awesome things, which is why we’ve partnered with the ‘Lambeth Made’ initiative. Lambeth Made is an opportunity for local residents to gain extra career support whilst applying for an Apprenticeship with us.

Since starting the collaborative project in May 2019, we have guided Lambeth candidates into face to face networking events with employers from Lambeth and Central London.

 

We caught up with a group of current Lambeth residents going through each stage of an apprenticeship with us. Kindness Adezor is one of the many Lambeth candidates who have been supported throughout their time here at LDN Apprenticeships.

Living in Herne Hill, Kindness heard about perusing apprenticeships through her school. Since applying, she is now meeting employers face to face through our unique Career Kickstarter events.

 

Kindness spoke to us about the struggles she has faced whilst trying to start her career as a Lambeth resident as well as joining of our Lambeth Made programme.

 

‘From experience, I know it’s hard to get an apprenticeship when you are just applying on your own. I think it’s easier if you have connections and know people. But for residents like myself, we don’t have these connections.’

‘This is why I think it’s important. I’m grateful LDN Apprenticeships are helping to connect me and other Lambeth residents together with employers. ‘

What it’s like to become Lambeth Made Apprentice.

 

Whilst candidates such as Kindness are attending our Career Kickstarters, Renaise Lewis is already five months into her apprenticeship as a Talent Scout with us here at LDN Apprenticeships.

 

As a Talent Scout, Renaise meets candidates at the very beginning of their apprenticeship journey. Drawing on her own experience of applying for an apprenticeship, Renaise is in a fantastic position to guide and mentor candidates before meeting employers.

 

We discussed her Apprenticeship experience so far. From her decision to do an apprenticeship, to her current role and what her motivation to become an Apprentice in the recruitment industry was.

‘When I started college, I didn’t enjoy it and was only going to mark that I had attended. I wasn’t learning and I love learning, sitting in a classroom wasn’t for me.

‘I needed to be doing something more, that’s how I decided an apprenticeship was for me!’   ‘A career in recruitment wasn’t something I had really thought about until I started here.’

Renaise is a brilliant example of how Apprentices can benefit from gaining exclusive workplace experience and how to optimise opportunities provided from the Lambeth Made initiative.

‘I love the Lambeth Made project and think it’s so good! I see people on the street in my local town doing nothing. It’s so cool that this is giving them the opportunity to do something with their lives.’

‘Whilst working here, I’ve seen a lot of what LDN Apprenticeships have done for people. I think it’s safe to say I’m excited to see what they can do for me!’

However, choosing and following the right career path isn’t always the easiest thing to do.

Finding the right Pathway.

Myro Costa is currently in the final stages of his application process to become an IT Support apprentice. When Myro first contacted us, he was unsure about which pathway he wanted to pursue. Since attending a face to face interview with us, his passion for all things IT became very apparent. Due to his enthusiasm and drive, we pointed him into the direction of our Network Engineer pathway.

 

After researching the pathway, Myro couldn’t feel suited to the Network Engineer apprenticeship and is eager to start attending work trials for this particular programme.

‘LDN Apprenticeships have opened a new door for me. I can finally do something with my life that I’m going to put my all into.

‘A lot of people think that because we are young, we don’t have the correct skill set or work ethic. But LDN Apprenticeships think otherwise. 

‘This is why I would advise people to savour every moment they have during their apprenticeship and to prove stereotypes otherwise.’

You can hear more about Myro’s experience and how the Lambeth Made initiative is helping him and other apprentices throughout their different apprenticeship journeys.

If you are a Lambeth resident, aged 16-24, looking to kickstart your career now is the time! Apply now below!

If you’re thinking of HIRING a Lambeth apprentice with us, click on the link below to discover more!

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

Charlotte @ X4 Group – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month

Charlotte @ X4 Group – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month

Charlotte @ X4 Group – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month

  We are happy to announce that the winner of Future LDN Apprentice of the Month is Charlotte @ X4 Group! X4 Group is one of London's biggest recruitment agency, scouting talent with the help of today’s innovative technology. Charlotte continues to impress her...
 

We are happy to announce that the winner of Future LDN Apprentice of the Month is Charlotte @ X4 Group!

X4 Group is one of London’s biggest recruitment agency, scouting talent with the help of today’s innovative technology. Charlotte continues to impress her team by always completing her daily tasks to a high standard whilst staying energetic and motivated.

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).

Charlotte was nominated by her Learning Development Specialist – Steve, and the feedback was provided by Charlotte’s line-manager and Data Protection & Compliance Coordinator at X4 Group – Niall Tierney.

You can read the full nomination below!

 

Energy

 

From the beginning of her apprenticeship Charlotte has shown such positive energy towards her work, her colleagues and LDN Apprenticeships. Whilst energy can dwindle over time, Charlotte has been the opposite, her lovely attitude towards her role keeps growing as she develops her skills and knowledge, a true role model for any new apprentice that joins our company in the future.

 
Enthusiasm

 

Charlotte has shown great interest in X4 Group as a company, she does not shy away from asking questions and has an eagerness to fully understand the processes of HR and the way we operate as an organisation. Because of these attributes, we have asked Charlotte if she would like to continue her employment with X4 Group once her apprenticeship is completed. We are glad to say she has accepted.

 

 

Willingness To Learn

 

 

Charlotte’s confidence and can-do attitude has allowed her to express her enthusiasm when learning new skills, in recent month’s charlotte has shown an interest in the compliance side of our organisation, as a result we are planning a strategy that will allow Charlotte to take on some compliance duties after her apprenticeship has completed.

 

Ability To Take Feedback

 

 

Charlotte’s openness and good spirit makes her a pleasure to manage, she is always keen to hear feedback and continually strives to better and improve her performance.

 

Propensity To Take Action 

 

Charlotte is an extremely pro-active individual and I believe she thrives in a fast paced working environment. She is also full of ideas and suggestions that have helped build on and better some of our current processes.

 

Congratulations Charlotte! 

If you’re thinking of HIRING an apprentice with us, click on the link below to discover more!

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

Shea @ Cobalt Recruitment – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

Shea @ Cobalt Recruitment – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

Shea @ Cobalt Recruitment – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

  We are happy to announce that the winner of Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month is Shea @ Cobolt Recruitment! Cobolt Recruitment is a leading recruiter in the finance and property sector. Since joining the team last October, it has been a delight to watch Software...
 

We are happy to announce that the winner of Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month is Shea @ Cobolt Recruitment!

Cobolt Recruitment is a leading recruiter in the finance and property sector. Since joining the team last October, it has been a delight to watch Software Developer Technician Apprentice Shea grow in confidence whilst developing his tech skills.

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).

Shea was nominated by his Learning Development Specialist – Kevin, and the feedback was provided by Shea’s line-manager and Global Operations Director at Cobolt Recruitment – Sara Burton

You can read the full nomination below!

 

Energy

 

Shea is an energetic member of the team which he needs to be working in the salesfloor. He is always smiling no matter how tricky the problem!

 
Enthusiasm

 

Shea is very enthusiastic about our system and that is beginning to rub off on the sales team who aren’t always so enthusiastic about it! He is always positive when a problem needs to be solved, that there is a solution out there somewhere!

 

 

Willingness To Learn

 

Shea has had to learn in this role, as we push the configuration further, he needs to be able to do more and more advanced things with it. He has taken the lead in an internal task force team and also learnt how to run workshop sessions.

 

Ability To Take Feedback

 

One of Shea’s biggest strengths is his willingness to take feedback, not least from the system when “computer says no”. He has been able to take on more responsibility for his own cases, learning how to work effectively with 3rd parties now following feedback on previous cases. He is currently working on his skills on training others which involves taking on board lots of feedback. He never gets down hearted about feedback and always looks at it positively. He’s had plenty of positive feedback too which he is obviously pleased to get – this has come in the form of 2 “backbone” team member of the month in the last 6 months, as well as individual emails thanking him for his work on particular projects.

 

Propensity To Take Action 

 

Shea is not one to watch the world go by, and so is always making and updating to do lists. He doesn’t settle for an “alright” job but keeps going until it is perfect.

 

Congratulations Shea! 

If you’re thinking of HIRING an apprentice with us, click on the link below to discover more!

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

Learning About Apprenticeships: What You Need To Know As A Parent.

Learning About Apprenticeships: What You Need To Know As A Parent.

Worryingly, a recent survey found that a third of parents don’t know what an apprenticeship is.

As a parent, wouldn’t you want to know about all of the opportunities available to your child?

Apprenticeships are increasingly becoming a great option for many young people as they move on from school and college.

We’ve broken down some of the big questions that parents should know the answer to when considering if an apprenticeship is right for their child.

Will your child be safe? 

The safety of your child is absolutely paramount. All apprenticeship providers should have safeguarding procedures in place and ALL staff involved in the delivery should promote and adhere to these.

Apprenticeships are regulated by Ofsted and apprenticeship providers are funded by the Department for Education. Meaning that every apprenticeship provider should have effective safeguarding procedures in place. 

When it comes to the safety of learners, apprenticeships are HIGHLY regulated.

Will, your child get a permanent job at the end of the apprenticeship? 

Whilst, not every apprentice gets a permanent job at the end of their apprenticeship, our statistics show that the majority of apprentices do go on to secure a permanent role.

8/10 of our apprentices go on to full-time work within their field after their apprenticeship has ended. Of those apprentices who gain a permanent role, 7/10 are offered the job from their current apprenticeship employer. 1/10 go on to university or further study, and 1/10 go on to a job with another employer.

That means nine times out of ten, your child will end up taking a really positive next step at the end of an apprenticeship.

How much will your child earn?

Apprentices are ALWAYS paid for their work within a role.

Here at the LDN Apprenticeships, our apprentices are paid a minimum of £200 per week. We won’t work with employers who pay less than this, and we believe that this is a fair apprenticeship wage (the national minimum wage is much lower).

Many of our employers pay significantly more than this, and it is not uncommon for apprentices to start their apprenticeship earning the London Living Wage. There is lots of information on apprentice wage regulations here.

 

Will your child have to pay for any of the training? 

Absolutely not. Neither you nor your child should ever have to pay a penny for the training. If your child chose to follow the route of a degree apprenticeship, this means they could get that much-coveted university degree without any of the associated student debt!

 

How many hours is your child expected to work during the week?

All apprentices are expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. If they’re 16 or 17 years of age, they’re not expected to work more than 40 hours a week. Normal working regulations apply for those over the age of 18.

 

What are the industries that your child might end up working in? 

The possibilities for different pathways and courses are HUGE. Apprenticeships range from construction to software development and everything in-between.

Here at the LDN Apprenticeships, we supply business and tech apprenticeships with digital skills at their core.

But the options for apprenticeships provide an unbelievable variety of opportunities for your child to get into a specified field of work.

It’s worth looking at the National Apprenticeship Service to investigate all the options available.

How do you know that the employer will look after your child when at work? 

Good apprenticeship providers will carefully vet every employer they work with.

At the LDN Apprenticeships, we check-in weekly with our learners and have regular contact with all of the employers we’re working with. Apprentices also have the tools to contact us at any time during the day or night with any issues they may have.

 

What happens at the end of the apprenticeship? 

As mentioned earlier, 9/10 of our apprentices go on to a positive next step after completing a London Group apprenticeship. Permanent employment isn’t the only option available to those who finish an apprenticeship.

 

Qualifications, as well as experience gained during the apprenticeship, mean that apprentices have many options available to them – including the opportunity to go onto higher education. For those who go on to university after their apprenticeship, the year in work is essentially a productive gap-year!

 

An apprentice can continue to train for an advanced, higher or degree level apprenticeship if they would like to extend their education. This has the benefit of allowing your child to get a degree, but without any of the associated debt.

Does your child get a qualification?

If your child successfully completes their apprenticeship they will receive a nationally recognised and accredited qualification, in the form of an apprenticeship framework certificate or an apprenticeship standard.

There are different levels of qualifications available in apprenticeships: Intermediate (GCSE), Advanced (A-Level) and Higher (Foundation Degree). Here at LDN Apprenticeships, we offer Advanced and Higher apprenticeships.

 

How does your child apply for an apprenticeship? 

There are a number of different ways to apply for an apprenticeship, and we think the best place to find the biggest variety of opportunities is online. 

Applicants can directly apply through apprenticeship provider websites such as ours at LDN Apprenticeships. Or you can try a variety of different sites including NotGoingToUni, and GetInGoFar and of course, the National Apprenticeship Service.

 

How is your child financially supported in an apprenticeship?

The fear of not being able to apply for student loans and help financially is a worry for parents.

Grants and loans help thousands of those in further education across the country. It is worth noting that HSBC include apprenticeships as part of their student loan accounts.

On top of that, remember that apprentices are ALWAYS paid for their work within a role.

Making sure your child is making the best decision regarding their future poses a variety of different questions.

If you have anymore queries about apprenticeships. Please feel free to get in touch with us: hello@ldnapprenticeships.com.
How Can School Leavers Benefit From An Apprenticeship?

How Can School Leavers Benefit From An Apprenticeship?

Every year, hundreds of thousands of school leavers face a daunting choice. What is the best way for them to continue to learn and develop as they venture out into the big wide world?

Here at the LDN Apprenticeships we have helped hundreds of school leavers to answer this question over the years. It’s a really big moment, and we have a responsibility to guide each young person in the right direction.

At times this means that we may even suggest a young person does something other than an apprenticeship, after all, this choice will have an impact on the rest of their life, so it needs to be right for the individual.

Apprenticeships may be right for them, or university, or even a gap year. Each young person is different, so why shouldn’t their choices in life be?

What an apprenticeship allows for young people is the ability to choose a specific career path and learning programme that they’re interested in.

That sounds a lot like university you might say. Well yes, that part is like choosing a university course.

What a university degree doesn’t allow for though are a few of the great and unique things about apprenticeships.

 

As mentioned in my previous blog post How Much Does Hiring and Being An Apprentice Cost?’ there is absolutely no cost for young people who choose to do an apprenticeship. Considering that university tuition fees alone can cost up to £9,000 a year, this is a major benefit.

In fact, apprentices earn money, rather than incurring a debt. Apprentices do a PAID job at the same time as learning the knowledge, skills and behaviors to be successful in their chosen career.

Don’t employers prefer to hire graduates with a degree?

 

The 2018 report ‘What Do Graduates Want?’ commissioned by Bright Network suggests there is a misconception about what employers are looking for in their junior hires.

The report shows that while many graduates believe gaining a 2:1 or above is what employers value most in candidates, employers want something quite different.

The employers who participated in the study said that a passion for the business and communication skills were the attitudes that they were most interested in.

A fascinating insight, isn’t it? It shows that the expectations of employers lean more towards a personal character than they do towards final grades.

Does every apprentice gain a paid placement?

If you apply for an apprenticeship and are successful, then you will definitely be working for a company and doing a paid apprenticeship job. So, yes, every apprentice does get paid work. Unfortunately, not every young person who applies for an apprenticeship gets the job.

What we do here at LDN Apprenticeships is attempt to make sure the right apprentice is placed within the correct role. A big part of making sure we get this right is our Career Kickstarter.

A Career Kickstarter is a weekly event allowing young people to talk to clients face to face. Removing the process of CVs that heavily rely on grades and achievements. Instead of focussing on the passion and communication skills that employers look for most.

But what about when the apprenticeship has finished?

 All good things must come to an end. Or do they?

We’ve found our setup at LDN Apprenticeships to be hugely beneficial to young people. Over 86% of our apprentices have gone into full time employment after their apprenticeship had finished. This is with either their current employer or a different employer.

In fact, three out of four LDN Apprentices are hired by the employer where they did their apprenticeship once they’ve finished!

That’s an incredibly high achievement rate after 13 months of learning, training and paid work. On top of that, over 75% of apprentices receive a pay increase from when they started their apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships aren’t for everyone. But as an option for school leavers, the benefits are there for all to see for young people.

Callum @ Renew Party – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

Callum @ Renew Party – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

Shea @ Cobalt Recruitment – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

  We are happy to announce that the winner of Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month is Shea @ Cobolt Recruitment! Cobolt Recruitment is a leading recruiter in the finance and property sector. Since joining the team last October, it has been a delight to watch Software...

 

We are happy to announce that the winner of Tech LDN June Apprentice of the Month is Callum @ Renew Party!

The Renew Party is a relatively new political party set up to provide an alternative for moderate voters within the UK. Having joined the team just a few months ago and with his completion date in October, Callum had to learn a lot about the role in a short space of time. Something he’s been able to do with great success!

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).

Callum was nominated by his Learning Development Specialist – Tina, and the feedback was provided by Callum’s line-manager and Head of Operations at The Renew Party – David Britten.

You can read the full nomination below!

Energy

 

Despite his political inexperience, Callum has thrown himself into all manner of tasks at Renew. Since the organisation is a relatively young start-up, there are great opportunities to get involved in a number of roles, but that requires a willingness to do so. Not only has Callum been a consistent and strong performer in his role as Digital Marketing Officer, but he has also contributed more than his fair share of ideas. For example, he helped Renew to fine-tune its social media strategy with a number of innovations, such as improved video content attached to social media posts. He always comes to work with a can-do attitude and doesn’t give up when times are hard.

 
Enthusiasm

 

Going beyond the call of duty, Callum has explored the political world and current affairs, even though his role does not necessarily call for it. He has engaged thoroughly with the causes and implications of Brexit and political stratification, allowing this new-found knowledge to inform his recommendations for the party’s communications strategy. He has been a great help to Renew’s Communications team, in particular, showing ample desire to get involved with digital strategy. He also played a large role in the redesign of Renew’s website, streamlining our home page to deliver increased membership sign-ups.

Willingness To Learn

Callum is a responsive and good-natured employee, which makes him an excellent learner. For example, in team meetings, he is not afraid to listen and respond in kind to the ideas of others, whether those are concerned with the party’s membership drive or electoral strategy. He has worked well with the Head of Operations and Communications team because he is willing to absorb the knowledge and experience of others. This has had a positive impact on the office atmosphere and morale of the team.

 

Ability To Take Feedback

 

Callum’s humility and ability to laugh at himself makes him a receptive and willing learner. His vast potential as a Digital Marketing Office will undoubtedly be realised if he keeps this attitude up; even the office’s most experienced members have been impressed at his diplomatic and mature approach to personal growth.

 

Propensity To Take Action 

 

When Callum joined us, we were in desperate need of a Digital Marketing Officer. Callum assumed that mantle impressively. Not only did he help produce campaign literature for the European elections, but he also revolutionised our social media strategy by helping to implement a coherent schedule and new designs for our image posts. The gusto with which Callum took it upon himself to produce these excellent efforts was commendable, and directly led to an increase in Renew’s online engagements.

 

Congratulations Callum! 

If you’re thinking of HIRING an apprentice with us, click on the link below to discover more!

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