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LDN Apprenticeships Publishing Assistant Induction.

LDN Apprenticeships Publishing Assistant Induction.

Apprentices

Last week, we inducted the very first cohort of Publishing Assistant Apprentices into LDN Apprenticeships!

We welcomed a group of 16 enthusiastic and awesome apprentices as they embark on the ground-breaking new Publishing Assistant Apprenticeship programme. Helping young people kickstart their career within the publishing industry.

Throughout the day – the publishing apprentices were able to discover all about the knowledge they’ll be learning within the qualification – a course and learning structure created specifically for publishing.

 

Joining us for the day was Chief Executive of the Publishers Association, Stephen Lotinga.

Stephen was able to talk to some of the new Publishing Apprentices before they begin their new journey. Working for the likes  of Penguin Random House, Dorling Kindersley, Cambridge University Press and HarperCollins.

Speaking about the introduction of the new apprenticeship standard, Stephen was thrilled about the programme finally becoming a reality.

“It has been a real pleasure to meet the new apprentices today as they begin what we hope will be long and rewarding careers in publishing.  said Stephen. 

 

“We and our members have been very proud to support this initiative. We hope it will grow further in the coming years and become an important part of widening access to careers in publishing.”

Applying for a Publishing Apprenticeship.

We also managed to catch up with some of the new publishing apprentices on the day and asked them what attracted them to apply for the various Publishing Assistant opportunities and what they hope they’ll bring to the role. 

Danielle O’Brien is starting her publishing apprenticeship with Penguin Random House as an Editorial Assistant Apprentice. She talked to us about her desire to get into publishing as well as her application process for the apprenticeship.

I always wanted to get into publishing and working with books and people who are like-minded. I knew I had the right skills going into it and apply them into the industry said Danielle.

 

“LDN Apprenticeships really attracted me to the apprenticeship. Their application process means I didn’t have to prove myself with grades or degrees. It was about who I was as a person and what I could provide to Penguin Random House.” 

Joining the LDN Team!

The Publishing Assistant Apprenticeship Standard Curriculum is the perfect introduction into the publishing industry. Designed by some of the country’s leading publishing houses, it will align what an apprentice is doing in the workplace with what they are learning in their workshops.

Vimbai Shire will be the fantastic new Skills Coach teaching the class of publishing apprentices. Vimbai brings a wealth of knowledge and experience having previously worked for the likes of Granta, Canongate and Oneworld, and has most recently been working as a consultant to the publishing industry. 

“The publishing apprentices’ induction day marked the culmination of over two years’ hard work behind the scenes. consulting on, developing and producing a first-class, technology-driven, industry-specific and government-approved Level 3 Publishing Apprenticeship – the first of its kind in the UK.” said Vimbai.

 

“I’m thrilled to be a part of the groundbreaking initiative and it was great to meet the new apprentices. 

 “I look forward to passing on my publishing knowledge and experience to LDN’s first publishing cohort!

Getting Started.

For many of the apprentices, this was not the route they envisioned taking into the publishing industry. Of the new cohort, 62% are under-graduates, having decided not to attend University.

Emma Payton is one of the new publishing apprentices who is an under-graduate. Starting at Cambridge University Press, Emma talked to us about what she’s most looking forward to about the apprenticeship!

 

 “Cambridge University Press specialise in a lot of research. Part of the publishing process is interviewing target users to see what drives them and motivates them.” said Emma.

 

“I have a background in psychology, so I absolutely love conducting research. I’d love to go and and conduct research of my own and contribute to our latest projects.”

 

Connor Kelly echoed Emma’s enthusiasm to get started within the publishing industry. Connor will be joining the Marketing and PR Team at Dorling Kindersley, having previously shown an interest in publishing and marketing.

 “I’m really excited to get an understanding of what goes into making a book. It’s most certainly something I want to be a part of.” said Connor.

 

“The job specification had a lot of marketing aspects to it and that drew me to it immediately. It’s something I really enjoyed doing at school. I’m eager to learn that side of things within the publishing world!”

What next for our new Publishing Apprentices?

 

Now the hard work starts for our Publishing Assistant Apprentices!

They will be learning a wide range of knowledge catered specifically for the publishing industry. From copywriting and proofreading, to marketing and PR they will be in a unique position to gain valuable experience within a publishing workplace whilst gaining a publishing qualification at the same time!

To be given the chance to welcome Vimbai on board to the LDN team and introduce 16 talented young apprentices to fantastic companies within the publishing industry is something we’re incredibly excited to be a part of!

Thank you to everyone who has helped put the Publishing Assistant Apprenticeship Standard together.

Good luck to the first cohort of Publishing Apprentices!

If you’re thinking of hiring a publishing apprentice and would like to know more, click on the link below!

Samiha @ Infinity Works – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month

Samiha @ Infinity Works – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month

Samiha @ Infinity Works – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month

  We are happy to announce that the winner of Future LDN August Apprentice of the Month is Samiha @ Infinity Works! LDN Apprenticeships highlights a clear message of what makes an AWESOME Apprentice; they must show energy, enthusiasm, willingness to learn,...

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

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Tan @ Warner Bros – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month

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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...

 

We are happy to announce that the winner of Future LDN August Apprentice of the Month is Samiha @ Infinity Works!

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).

Samiha was nominated by her Learning Development Specialist – Steve, and the feedback was provided by Samiha’s line-manager and Office Manager at Infinity Works – Shelly Fraser.

You can read the full nomination below!

Energy

 

Samiha always arrives with a smile in the morning (A rare thing before most people have had coffee! 😉)  She is the first apprentice we have worked with and if shes anything to go by, shes has set the bar high.  She puts a lot of effort and energy into all her tasks and is never short of jumping up to help. 

 
Enthusiasm

Samiha gets involved in as much as she can around the office and is always offering to help others. She takes care to do things properly and cares about getting it right. Her enthusiasm around the office often rubs off on other staff and I am always getting told she is a pleasure to have in the office with a great attitude.

Willingness To Learn

Samiha asks questions when she is unsure and is not afraid to do so. She cares about getting things right and would rather know how to do things properly if she is unsure. Also, when i have something new to show her on a particular system, she is always keen to know exactly what is expected and how things should be done. I never have to worry that she is unwilling to get involved and grow her own knowledge and experience within the company.

 

Ability To Take Feedback

She is very good at receiving feedback and takes it onboard and immediately make any necessary changes. This was more in the beginning of her time with us, but now theres not much that needs feedback on (other than the good stuff).  Samiha has it sorted!

 

Propensity To Take Action 

 

We have really seen Samiha grow and become more confident in her time with us.  She likes taking charge and being the ‘go to/organiser’ of things and has no problem dealing with senior colleagues. (Watching her umpire a game of rounders and telling off directors was hilarious). She is happy and ready to always support the team she is on and anyone else in the office who needs help and is always suggesting improvements or different ways of looking at things. 

 Samiha has been a life saver as our business has grown from a small to medium company within her time with us.!

Congratulations Samiha! 

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!

Joel @ Challow – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

Joel @ Challow – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

Joel @ Challow – Tech LDN Apprentice of the Month

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

 

We are happy to announce that the winner of Tech LDN August Apprentice of the Month is Joel @ Challow!

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).

Joel was nominated by his Learning Development Specialist – Aziz, and the feedback was provided by Joel’s line-manager at Challow – Theresa Chandler.

You can read the full nomination below!

Energy

 

Joel consistently follows through every task set to him, without cutting corners and with a degree of completion that is far beyond his years and can be trusted to bring it to completion

 
Enthusiasm

 

Whatever role Joel is placed in whether it is working on site with clients or support calls he approaches it with the same dedication and attention.

Willingness To Learn

Joel has been given a wide variety of learning opportunities, he is attentive, engaged and takes notes where he feels he will need to refer. Crucially in our game where he finds himself out of his depth he has the good sense to stop.

 

Ability To Take Feedback

Where the inevitable transition to work adjustments have arisen Joel has demonstrated a clear listening attitude together with an ability to integrate any advice into his behaviour rapidly.

 

Propensity To Take Action 

 

Having given Joel several areas of responsibility it is gratifying to see him continually demonstrating that he does not need to be tasked to revert to work in those areas.

Joel was present on site with one other engineer when the entire site had to be reconfigured due to another supplier’s error. This was a massive undertaking with a short timescale that was far beyond the simple learning experience we intended when he went to site. Not only did he pitch in without question or comment but he stayed late we received several unprompted comments about his poise and confidence on site from the end users who were aware of what he was tasked with achieving. He was so impressive we were able to leave him onsite the following day to finish the implementation on his own.

 

Congratulations Joel! 

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!

Millie Burke @ Radley Green – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month

Millie Burke @ Radley Green – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month

Samiha @ Infinity Works – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month

  We are happy to announce that the winner of Future LDN August Apprentice of the Month is Samiha @ Infinity Works! LDN Apprenticeships highlights a clear message of what makes an AWESOME Apprentice; they must show energy, enthusiasm, willingness to learn,...

Millie Burke @ Radley Green – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month

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

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...

Stefan @ euNetworks – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month.

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

Isabel @ Funding Circle – Future LDN Apprentice of the Month

We are happy to announce that the winner of Future LDN June Apprentice of the Month is Isabel @ Funding Circle! Funding circle is a company dedicated to supporting small business' in financial loaning. We've had several amazing young people work here and excel in the...

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...

 

We are happy to announce that the winner of Future LDN August Apprentice of the Month is Millie @ Radley Green!

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).

Millie was nominated by her Learning Development Specialist – Phil, and the feedback was provided by Millie’s line-manager and Operations and Office Manager at Radley Green – Charlotte Barrow.

You can read the full nomination below!

Energy

 

No task is too big or too small for Millie. She goes above and beyond and is so well organised that she can smashes through tasks. She is a crucial part of the team and encourages everyone to work hard whether that is from helping them with tasks or motivating them with social events or encouraging emails. 

 
Enthusiasm

 

Millie is the spark of the office, everyone enjoys working with her. She is always coming up with some great new ideas for the office and makes the place run smoothly. Not all jobs are fun and I have had to work with Millie through some repetitive, not very exciting tasks and she has kept me motivated and we have got them done in no time and had a good time working together completing it!  

Willingness To Learn

Millie is always asking questions and wanting to know the reason we do things. She has become a real asset. She is the super user of our CRM system. She wants to know why we do things and learns things that are out of her remit. She is very helpful not only in the office with colleagues but also with our clients and candidates. 

 

Ability To Take Feedback

This apprenticeship has been Millie’s first role in an office environment and in a recruitment company. There have been a lot of things she has needed to learn. She questions anything she doesn’t understand and I only have to tell her once. She picks up everything very quickly and if I have told her to go about a task in a different way she questions why and learns and improves with it.

 

Propensity To Take Action 

 

Millie is the go to girl. She is always two steps ahead and is always thinking ahead I think this is to do with the fact she is well organised. Every morning she sends me her to do list and works her way through it, even working on other adhoc tasks as they come up. We are currently planning a charity event and she has taken the reins and run with it.

Millie proactively did an audit of all invoices that were sent out last year by a previous employee (as invoicing is part of Millie’s role) and found out we hadn’t invoiced a few clients. She then took it upon herself to invoice and chase these old clients. She managed to get them all paid in no time at all. This was thousands of pounds worth of invoices!

 

Congratulations Millie! 

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!

What we look for in an applicant when filling out an LDN application form!

What we look for in an applicant when filling out an LDN application form!

Apprentices

Application forms are an absolutely crucial part of applying for an apprenticeship. Or any role for that matter!

 

You’ll be competing with a huge number of applicants just like yourself and it is our very first impression of you. So it’s imperative you get your apprenticeship opportunity off to a good start!

 

Remember we don’t use CVs, which makes your application process for LDN Apprenticeships unique! What this means is it’s catered more towards highlighting your best skills and strengths.

 

A CV is too bogged down in listing experience and grades – leaving little room to show what you’re about! So with that in mind – here’s our tips to help you give the best possible answers to each of our screening questions!

What interests you specifically about the job you have applied for?

 

So you’re looking for an apprenticeship and THIS is the job that stands out! Why did it stand out to you? There must be a reason you’ve clicked on this job ad?

 

Have the job description open in a different window or tab and keep referring back to it. Look at each of the Key Responsibilities and how you would tackle those responsibilities – drawing on any experience you might already have.

Why are you interested in the qualification you have applied for?

Have you read the qualification overview on our website?

 

Don’t forget, you’ll be gaining a qualification alongside your workplace role as well! This is a huge part of your apprenticeship, so you’ll need to make sure you know what you’ll actually be getting a qualification for!

 

You’ll be able to find an overview of all our apprenticeship pathways on our Programmes page on the website.

 

Make sure you understand these pathways and qualifications before applying. For example – if you’re applying for a Digital Marketing role – you’ll be learning a lot of different aspects within the Lvl 3 Digital Marketing curriculum! This includes Understanding Analytical Data, Email Marketing Campaigns and Coding. It’s not all about social media!

Tell us more about the career path you’re looking to take and why you think an apprenticeship will help you achieve that?

What specifically do you want to learn on this apprenticeship?

 

We’re here to help you kickstart a career you’ll love!

 

Three out of four apprentices that complete their apprenticeship with us are hired full-time by their employer – which is why becoming an LDN Apprentice is a fantastic chance for a young person to start their career.

 

We want to know more about that career you want to take though. Where do you see yourself within a few years’ time? Do you want to rise within a company as quickly as possible? Or would you prefer to take advantage of the solid foundation an apprenticeship can give you at such a young age? Either answer is fine from our point of view!

 

This is just a chance for us to help guide you down the right career path.

All of our opportunities are for candidates who are ready to start their apprenticeship straight away.

So with this in mind, tell us why now is the right time for you to kickstart you career?

 

This one is a bit more self-explanatory!

 

Our opportunities don’t hang around for long. So we would like to talk to young people who are ready to start an apprenticeship straight away!

 

Whilst we don’t discourage anyone who would like to take a break or a gap-year after exams – we would only be able to continue your application after this. To save you going through two separate application processes, make sure you’re confident you’re ready to start an apprenticeship.

Tell us something unique about yourself that will make you stand out from the hundreds of applications we receive a month.

 

The last question is all down to you!

 

You shouldn’t need any guidance from us here! This is your opportunity to tell us something unique about yourself. We get hundreds of applications a month – so what makes you stand our from the rest of fantastic applications we receive.

 

Don’t feel this needs to tie in with the job role or the apprenticeship qualification you’re looking to gain. We just want to get to know you a bit better!

Becoming Lambeth Made!

Becoming Lambeth Made!

Apprentices

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!