LDN Graduation 2019.

LDN Graduation 2019.

On Thursday, LDN Apprenticeships welcomed over 100 apprentices, employers and guests to our fourth annual Graduation ceremony, where the class of 2018/2019 celebrated their achievements and were each awarded with a trophy to commend their hard work during the course of their apprenticeships.

Apprentice of the Year

Our graduation ceremony is an opportunity to announce our Apprentices of the Year! This is to award the two 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 showing #EEWAP to the absolute maximum!

The winners of the Apprentice of the Year were:

Josh Gomes (Tech LDN) – Benefacto

Ellie O’Reilly (Future LDN) – Funding Circle

Tech LDN - Apprentice of the Year 2019 - Josh Gomes - Benefacto

Josh embodies EEWAP, illustrated by his contribution to every project.
He brings energy and enthusiasm to planning; voicing new ideas or suggesting new ways of doing things.
Josh is forced to embrace a steep learning curve: teaching himself a new language? No problem. Complex business logic? He’ll find a way. Interacting directly with clients to learn requirements? Josh is already dialing the number.
Eager to improve, Josh takes on feedback readily and whatever is required he’ll take the actions required to deploy elegant, tested code on time every time.
Given the right encouragement Josh will end up as an accomplished CTO – it’s our job to encourage him with this award.

Future LDN - Apprentice of the Year - Ellie O'Reilly - Funding Circle

Ellie has made a huge impact since being at Funding Circle. She completed her Level 3 and is now in the middle of her Level 4, all whilst quickly progressing within the team to become a Senior Administrator. She is a consistent top performer and has taken on additional responsibilities such as leading training sessions and acting as a mentor for our new starters, holding weekly catch ups with them and reporting on their statistics. She is well known around the business and is considered friendly and approachable, and has even won a company-wide award on two occasions for her commitment to the role.

With so many great nominations, it was tough to pick just two from Tech LDN and Future LDN.

The rest of the nominations for Apprentice of the Year can be seen below:

 

Manager of the Year

 

For the first time ever, we unveiled the Future LDN and Tech LDN Manager of the Year!

We know the BEST apprentices always have a great manager to help them throughout their apprenticeship journey. So we felt it was time to reward the managers behind the AWESOME apprentices. 

The winners of the Manager of the Year were:

Sam Bysouth (Tech LDN) – X4 Group

Catherine Lyons (Future LDN) – euNetworks

Tech LDN - Manager of the Year - Sam Bysouth - X4 Group

Sam has been very versatile when it comes to teaching/mentoring me on IT, considering he covers other areas of the company he still has knowledge on what it takes to become a good IT support technician. I feel Sam has put a lot into me guiding me through my apprenticeship and should be rewarded for his hard work.

Future LDN - Manager of the Year - Catherine Lyons - euNetworks

Catherine has to be one of the best managers out there in the AR and AP sector. She will always do the utmost for her team and finds comfort in watching her team succeed and will never take the light away from them.
She has seen 3 apprentices finish the course and has had 1 apprentice of the year. Catherine deserves this award for her commitment to watching the continuing growth of her apprentices and acting like a mother figure when sometimes as an apprentice you may lose your way, much more than anybody could ask for in the workplace.

 

The rest of the nominations for Manager of the Year can be seen below:

Reuben Bell @ Clarion Housing Group

Reuben Bell @ Clarion Housing Group

With various offices around London, we went to see Reuben Bell in Clarion’s South London office, where Reuben is currently on our Future LDN programme as a Data Analyst apprentice at the largest housing association in the United Kingdom.

There are a number of fantastic apprenticeship stories around all of the awesome businesses we work with at LDN Apprenticeships and having built up a great relationship with Clarion Housing Group – who currently have three LDN Apprentices on their books – it was the perfect place to head for our case study series!

So we popped into their office to talk to Reuben about his decision behind starting an apprenticeship and what’s he’s currently learning within his role.

We also caught up with his line manager Rob Cheyne – the Finance, Compliance and Audit Coordinator at Clarion – to get his thoughts on hiring apprentices and how recruiting an apprentice like Reuben can benefit the business and his team.

Reuben started by telling us why he chose to do an apprenticeship and his decision to leave University after realising he wasn’t enjoying the course he had enrolled in.

“I wanted work experience and since this was my first job, I wanted something that would give me the necessary experience and confidence to flourish in this sort of environment.” Said Reuben.

 

“Within the first year of university, I realised I didn’t have much of an interest in what I was doing. I didn’t feel like I had a sense of direction and it wasn’t benefiting me. It was very expensive, so I decided to leave university and try a different path into work.”

After making the big decision to leave university and kickstart his career with an apprenticeship, it was now time to get a job!

Rob attended a Career Kickstarter day at our Lansdowne offices to recruit someone to work closely with him and help out with tasks and jobs as well as relieve some of the workload from his shoulders.

“We got to see a whole group of apprentices and what attracted me initially to Reuben was his knowledge and his attention to detail.” Said Rob

 

“He also seemed very level headed for someone at his age. This stood out for me massively when recruiting Reuben.”

After going for a work trial with Rob and Clarion, Reuben received the news he had been hoping for and got the job offer, meaning he could now start his apprenticeship journey with us!

Working in an office was going to be a completely new environment for Reuben and something he’d need to grasp relatively quickly. He explained what it was like learning the ropes when he started within his new role.

“It was a combination of ease and a bit of a challenge!

 

There were things I picked up quite quickly and enjoyed. It was mainly things like office etiquette which came as a bit of a shock.

 

Managing my time was especially difficult at first. It was very different to what I was used to but everyone was so helpful and welcoming, so the bedding in process was a really nice experience for me.”

Rob also enjoyed helping Ruben adapt at Clarion and got a lot out of helping someone at such a young age acclimatise into the workplace.

“The really enjoyable thing about having an apprentice in your team is helping them adapt into their first taste of work. 

 

Reuben has been great at learning new skills and taking things on board and it’s been great seeing somebody learn from small errors and improve their confidence over a short space of time.

 

To see him grow and mature in confidence is so rewarding.”

In conjunction with his role at Clarion, Reuben is also learning skills and gaining qualifications at our Lansdowne Training Hub with his Learning Development Specialist, Dharam.

The Digital Project Admin pathway teaches apprentices valuable skills that can be transferred over into the workplace. Allowing Reuben to gain the knowledge and confidence needed to help Rob and the team at Clarion.

“The admin pathway has allowed me to develop my project planning skills and plan assignments around my working life.

 

Understanding how much time I’ll need to complete certain things and how that will effect the end goal in a specific space of time has been really helpful.

 

My biggest achievement since starting my apprenticeship has not only seen me boost in confidence, but also my organisational skills. I certainly feel much more comfortable in a professional environment.”

With Reuben now almost one year into his role at Clarion, it’s fair to say recruiting him into the data analyst role has been a huge success!

He is now able to save Rob and his team an incredible amount of time and lift the workload off of more senior members of staff.

“Reuben has saved us heaps of time!

 

We receive a lot of queries on a daily basis and he is always on top of addressing those, taking a lot of work out of my hands.

 

That’s helped me tremendously because I can now focus on more strategic issues like building and developing relationships.

 

Instead of looking down and rushing around trying to deal with data enquiries, I’m able to look up and support my programme lead.”

Having had Reuben by his side and helping for the past year, Rob shared some advice for other businesses who may be looking to hire and introduce an apprentice into their team.

“I would definitely recommend hiring an apprentice.

 

It’s been a great experience and it’s a really good opportunity to give somebody their first taste in work.

 

It has been interesting meeting other employers that have said to me they found apprentices have actually been more beneficial than their permanent staff!

 

I would definitely go back and recruit apprentices.”

For Reuben, the experience of learning and developing within the workplace has already seen his skill set and confidence increase so much in such a short space of time.

So what advice would he give to someone who’s thinking of taking up an apprenticeship?

“I’d definitely say do it!

 

“It’s not easy all the time, but it’s certainly worth the experience. Your confidence will just grow because you’ll always be challenging yourself and doing new things.

 

You can only really gain from an apprenticeship!”

Reuben and his team at Clarion Housing Group are a brilliant example of how apprenticeships work for businesses and for young people. Highlighting the need to futureproof their business with young talent and inject new ideas into the company.

Congratulations to Reuben on his continued success and thank you to Rob for all of the continued support he has given to him.

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!

An Apprentice’s guide to London this Christmas!

An Apprentice’s guide to London this Christmas!

 

December has been here a week and it’s time to get Christmassy! To help you have yourself a merry little Christmas, we’ve decided to help you out with a list of the BEST and most AWESOME things to do and places to see in London this winter!

Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park

I don’t know about you, but my Christmas holiday would NOT be complete without a trip to Winter Wonderland!

Winter Wonderland is an AWESOME place to go if you’re looking  to get yourself in the festive mood, and it’s FREE to enter! Head over to Hyde park and have everything from thrilling fairground rides and ice skating, to charming Christmas markets and family shows!

Ice Rink, Somerset House

Get your skates on at Somerset House’s AWESOME 18th-century courtyard ice rink this month! Even if you can’t skate, go with friends and have fun learning, there’s no better place to begin.

Christmas Night Market,

Maltby Street

It may be cold outside but Maltby Street’s festive after-dark markets promise warming drinks & Christmassy treats. Beneath Bermondsey’s railway arches, the AMAZING  food market will run every Friday in the run-up to Christmas. Guests can enjoy festive dishes from around the world and sip on wine while listening to carol singers. If this doesn’t make you feel festive, nothing will!

Carnaby Street

Once the most swinging street in London and still amongst its most fashionable, Carnaby and its sister streets are well worth a visit during the festive season. Discover endless opportunities to shop for all sorts of gifts at a range of flagship shops and indie boutiques. And how about heading around the corner to visit Oxford Circus to see the wonderful lights?

LDN Apprenticeships #WomenInTech @ Aspect Capital

LDN Apprenticeships #WomenInTech @ Aspect Capital

Did you know only 17% of the current roles in tech within the UK are filled by women?

We are inundated with applications at LDN Apprenticeships from young women looking to kickstart their career in tech roles such as Software Development, Digital Marketing and IT & Support.

There is currently a 50/50 split of male and female applicants for our pathways. So why is there such a gap in diversity within the current tech workplace in the UK? It’s time for something to change and bridge the diversity gap!

We teamed up with Aspect Capital to provide a unique work experience day for seven AWESOME young software development candidates who applied for an apprenticeship with us! The day was packed with talks, Q&A sessions and workshops provided by the top tech talent currently working within the tech department at Aspect Capital. They were able to provide valuable insight into their experiences in becoming a software developer and the roles and tasks they play within the company.
My’a Douglas and Emily Bamford were two of the young women who attended on the day and found the workshops and talks hugely beneficial as part of their early development into starting a career in software development.

“I found the whole day very informative and professional” said Emily.

 

“I’m going to go away with a lot of information and feel a lot more confident in going home and doing my own coding! It will also help me generate more ideas and conduct more research into software development.”

My’a agreed that the knowledge she’s going to take away from the day and the workshops they participated in were hugely beneficial and completely different to what she has previously done!

I really enjoyed today! It was a lot different to what I’ve previously learnt and I’ve gained more hand on experience and learnt new languages as well!

 

I loved the workshops and what I learnt from them but it was also interesting to see how the company works and what roles software developers play in Aspect Capital.

Gemma Hagen is the lead developer within the software development team at Aspect Capital and being one of the 17% of women currently working in tech within the UK, was the perfect person to give advice and call on her own personal experiences.

 “We wanted to give them a bit of insight into what type of opportunities there are in the industry and what being a software developer is like.

 

I think software is still unfortunately stereotyped as an industry that is better suited to males. 

 

Obviously, I am a girl in software development and I strong heartedly disagree with that notion!

 

Anything that encourages women into the industry is hugely beneficial for everyone in it.”

Events like our #WomenInTech work experience day at Aspect Capital go long way in helping bridge the diversity gap and end the stigma surrounding the tech industry that still exists.

Allowing our candidates to experience and spend time with those who currently work within the tech industry on a professional platform gives them an opportunity that many young women before them may not have had.

The next step is now getting these eager and enthusiastic young women into tech roles across London and allowing companies to reap the benefits of injecting fresh talent into their teams and futureproofing their business.

Thank you to everyone at Aspect Capital and to the seven AWESOME young women who attended on the day and made it such a rewarding event to put on. It’s time to bridge the diversity gap!

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

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