The achievements of a new generation of London local government apprentices have been celebrated at the London Borough Apprenticeship Awards.
London Councils, which represents the 32 boroughs and the City of London, hosts the awards on behalf of its members. The awards ceremony was held at Saddlers’ Hall on Friday 28 September 2018.
Now in their eighth year, the Awards recognise the excellence of apprentices working across London local government in a range of sectors including housing; finance; regeneration; and waste and recycling.
London borough managers are also celebrated for their work with contractors and supply chains, which is also essential to creating quality apprenticeship opportunities that develop apprentices and nurture their skills.
As ever there were many inspiring award winners including Sarah Chipperfield, this year’s best apprentice working in a supply chain. Sarah is a single parent who overcame the challenges of balancing working, studying and raising a family, and has now successfully moved back into work in the Tower Hamlets planning team.
Apprentice of the year prize winner Thaddaeus Brown delivered savings worth thousands of pounds to Hackney Council by proposing that they bring a programme back in-house and allow him to take the lead. He has also become a role model for colleagues and the wider Hackney community.
Cllr Georgia Gould, London Councils Executive member for Skills and Employment, said:
"The London Borough Apprenticeship Awards recognise the talents and impact of apprentices and borough managers across the capital. They give us an important reminder of the positive changes we can make in our communities when given an opportunity.
“My warmest congratulations to all the nominated apprentices and managers as well as award winners. Their commitment has helped to drive success in their boroughs and is an inspiration to all ambitious Londoners seeking to begin new careers, to re-skill or upskill.
“Apprenticeships nurture local talent and provide real opportunities for people from all backgrounds to flourish. Since 2009 London boroughs have created 13,455 apprenticeships. London local government is increasingly becoming a great place to start and develop a career."
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List of Winners – London Borough Apprenticeship Awards 2018
Apprentice of the Year, Thaddaeus Brown, London Borough of Hackney
Thaddaeus joined Hackney in October 2017 as a Design apprentice in the Communications team and is studying a level three Junior Content Producer Qualification. Thaddaeus was instrumental in bringing Hackney Live, the Council’s online cultural platform, in-house. This resulted in a £10,000 saving per project for the Council. Producing live design work for the team’s clients, Thaddaeus has generated £6,000 for the council over the last 6 months. He created the slogan ‘I am Hackney’, integral to a campaign which has attracted over 350 applicants. As well as being a great champion for apprenticeships, he became involved in the council’s Young Black Men project and chaired a meeting about ‘stop and search’ involving senior officers, councillors and members of the community after the death of Rashan Charles with maturity and composure beyond his years.
Best Contribution by a New Apprentice, Hannah Cambridge, London Borough of Bexley
Hannah is a level 3 apprentice in Adult Social Care Integrated Commissioning. In addition to her normal role, Hannah undertook a ‘user research’ project with Telecare, applying an approach that meant the project exceeded all expectations. Hannah enhanced the borough’s reputation through the trust and rapport she built with service users. Her empathy enabled Bexley to gain a better understanding of how the organisation could improve and make a difference to people’s lives. Hospital admissions have likely been prevented as a result of this work, winning her a STARS award in Bexley’s ‘Your Bexley Star’ scheme. Her passion and desire to make a difference is evident in everything that she does.
Best Progression by an Apprentice, Bijal Bhudia, London Borough of Brent
Bijal’s progression from level 2 to level 3 whilst in the Housing Reviews and Appeals Team was no small achievement considering the unprecedented demand facing the service due to changes in housing law when Bijal joined. Despite these pressures, she dedicated herself to acquiring the knowledge required whilst proving to be a diplomatic and supportive colleague capable of conducting investigations and decision letters under supervision that are usually reserved for management. Bijal has made functions of the service more efficient and organised the council’s annual staff wellbeing fair. Her involvement both raised the profile of apprenticeships and demonstrate they offer real opportunity for academic and career success.
Best Apprentice working in the Supply Chain, Sarah Chipperfield, London Borough of Tower Hamlets
A single parent moving back into work, Sarah had to quickly learn how to balance the challenges of working, studying and raising a family. Starting on paid work experience, Sarah progressed into a level 2 business administration apprenticeship. Once completed, she secured employment in the planning team and set the goal of securing a place on Willmott Dixon’s management trainee scheme. Sarah’s commitment and dedication allowed her to achieve a place on the 4 year university course and has become a role model for other apprentices in the company.
Best Manager or Mentor, Paul Sammut, London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Paul always finds the time to devote to the many apprentices he has supported over the last 5 years, never afraid to take on someone with complex needs. He instils confidence in each apprentice, a belief to succeed and reach their maximum potential. Paul always gives learners with complex needs the time, understanding and motivation they require to complete their apprenticeship and qualification. He in generous with his time and advice on new placements and strategies to best manage and support the apprentice. His approachability has resulted in breaking down barriers and ensuring retention of apprentices.
Best Work with Supply Chains and Local Businesses, London Borough of Camden
Camden negotiated 125 construction apprenticeships and 42 business apprenticeships through their planning framework in 2017/18. Camden has worked to promote STEAM careers in collaboration with science, technology and education organisations around King’s Cross. Camden has increased the range of higher level apprenticeships amongst local employers, establishing work experience and improving the equality of opportunity in Camden. In the past year Camden has supported 36 local employers to take on apprentices, including the Francis Crick Institute, Exterion Media, Viacom and Florida State University.
Best Manager or Mentor, John Robinson, London Borough of Hackney
Seeing an apprentice having a tricky start to their apprenticeship, John stepped in initially as a mentor and then as a line manager. John took the time to understand the apprentice’s concerns, identifying projects and opportunities and encouraging his apprentice into situations to develop their confidence. Since then, the apprentice has gone from strength to strength, winning Hackney Council Apprentice of the Year and securing a permanent role as an Executive Support Assistant.
Best Apprentice Working in the Supply Chain, Aaron Lee, Clairglow Heating Ltd, Nominated by London Borough of Croydon
As an SME, finding the right person for a Heating Engineer Apprenticeship was essential for Aaron’s employer, who described being ‘completely bowled over with his enthusiasm and energy’ when they first met him. Stepping into the role with ease, Aaron has been described as an ‘exemplary student’ and receives positive feedback from the tenants he visits who praise his excellent manner and high standard of work. Clairglow look forward to Aaron completing his apprenticeship because they ‘can’t wait to offer him a permanent role with the company’.