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Becoming Lambeth Made!

Becoming Lambeth Made!

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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!

How Can School Leavers Benefit From An Apprenticeship?

How Can School Leavers Benefit From An Apprenticeship?

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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.

Learning About Apprenticeships: How Much Does Hiring And Being An Apprentice Cost?

Learning About Apprenticeships: How Much Does Hiring And Being An Apprentice Cost?

 

Two weeks ago, it would have been fair to say I knew very little about apprenticeships.

 

I had just started my role as the digital marketing manager at the London Group and quickly realised what little knowledge I had when it came to everything apprentice.

 

One of my biggest misconceptions before I began was the cost of hiring an apprentice. Why would a business hire an apprentice and invest valuable time training one? Could they just spend the money on someone who already knows what they’re doing?

 

First of all, the cost of training an apprentice for many businesses is free. For the bigger companies, a large percentage of the training is paid for by the government.

 

Businesses that hire apprentices are funded in slightly different ways. They are split into two categories;

 

  • Levy payers (businesses with a payroll of MORE than £3m a year)
  • Non levy payers (businesses with a payroll of LESS than £3m a year).

 

Levy payers pay a tax on their payroll. This is stored in a digital account and ring fenced for spending on their apprenticeship scheme. If they don’t use the money within two years, they lose it and the expense is effectively written off as a tax.

 

The apprenticeship levy isn’t the easiest thing to understand, as I discovered, so to find out about the levy in more detail, check out the simple breakdown on the London Group website HERE.

 

Smaller companies (non-levy payers) are exempt from paying into the apprenticeship levy. For them the cost of training an apprentice is either heavily subsidised or completely free.

 

Such heavily subsidised training costs mean that in most cases the employer only really needs to consider the cost of the apprentice’s salary when they’re thinking about taking on a young person.

 

Because apprentices are working at the same time as getting a qualification, starting salaries are lower than you might expect. For example at the London Group, we recommend a starting salary of £200 per week for apprentices on our business programme, Future London.

 

But what about the cost of being an apprentice?

 

Gaining an apprenticeship is completely free for young people. Unlike a university course, there is no fee to pay for learning. They are paid to do their job at the same time as receiving training relevant to the role.

 

So, the deal for young people is that they receive nationally recognised training and at least a year of paid work. Doesn’t that seem a little too good to be true!?

 

It’s certainly not what I expected and it has completely opened my eyes to the way businesses hire apprentices and to how enthusiastic young people are about gaining the skills and getting the jobs they want in today’s economy.

 

There are a lot of things in this piece that you may already know. But for many, apprenticeships are uncommon knowledge.

 

The system benefits everyone and it’s now time to make sure everyone knows about it.

 

 

 

I’m new to apprenticeships and I’ll to be sharing a series of blogs as I learn all about them.

I’ll be breaking down ideas for businesses and young people alike who, like me, want to learn more about apprenticeships from the very beginning.

Now the money part is out of the way, how can young people leaving school benefit from an apprenticeship? Look out for my next blog where I’ll share my thoughts on this topic.