We would like to thank all boroughs that submitted a nomination and congratulate all candidates that were nominated. The standard of entries was exceptionally high this year, and narrowing these down into the shortlist has not been an easy task.
The shortlist we are announcing today truly reflects the diversity of apprentices across London. It includes apprentices working in construction, communications, project management, HR, data analysis and so much more. Apprentices of all ages, from all parts of the city and from a range of backgrounds.
The shortlist is as follows:
1. Best contribution by a new apprentice
Nathan Cole, LB Camden
Busayo Epega, LB Hammersmith & Fulham
Rohan Mohindru, LB Hillingdon
Joseph Huston-Mendy, LB Islington
Deniz Oner, LB Waltham Forest
Hayley Navarro, LB Westminster
2. Best progression by an apprentice
Chiadi Lionel, LB Camden
Nazifa Chowdhury, LB Croydon
Nadina Khan, LB Hammersmith & Fulham
Ryan Galvin, LB Hillingdon
Josh Schwegler, LB Southwark
Ashleigh Paice, LB Sutton
3. Best apprentice working in the supply chain or in schools
Kane Thompson, LB Camden
Sinn'Kaye Christie, RB Greenwich
Charlotte Hughes, LB Islington
Malik Fergus-Wallace, LB Westminster
4. The Andy Scott award for best manager or mentor
Emma Jelliman, LB Bexley
Julia Cooke, LB Camden
Dave Osborne, LB Croydon
Philippa Newis, LB Hackney
Varsha Mistry-Hand, LB Havering
5. Best work with the supply chain and local businesses to create new apprenticeships
Cllr Georgia Gould, Deputy Chair of London Councils and Executive Member for Skills and Employment, said:
“This year marks 10 years since the first London Borough Apprenticeship Awards was held to celebrate the outstanding achievements of apprentices working for London boroughs and their supply chains.
“Over the past decade boroughs have led the way in creating meaningful apprenticeship opportunities, tripling the number of apprenticeships to 1,700 directly employed in the last financial year. This number increases to 3,693 when factoring in apprenticeships created in maintained schools, borough supply chains and through councils’ brokerage schemes.
“The London Borough Apprenticeship Awards highlights the diversity of apprentices across London in terms of professional sector, age and background and shines a spotlight on those individuals who have excelled in their chosen field of work and in giving back to London’s communities.
“The shortlist for this year’s awards acknowledges that this year in particular has been a real challenge for apprentices and those that support them working in all sectors. It is a huge privilege to recognise their hard work and impressive achievements. I look forward to announcing the winners in September.”