Ealing shortlisted for apprenticeship awards

Its candidates made the shortlists of the 2016 London Borough Apprenticeship Awards.

Apprentice Shane Elliot is shortlisted in the Best Progression by an Apprentice category for his work in the voids team in the regeneration and housing department, and as a result has been put forward for Apprentice of the Year.

Rose Pereira, assistant manager in the repairs and adaptations service, is shortlisted as Best Manager or Mentor, and the council’s own Ealing Apprenticeship Network is shortlisted for Best Work with Supply Chains and/or Local Businesses to Create New Apprenticeships.

Councillor Peter Mason, cabinet member for prosperity, skills, employment and transformation, said: “Getting people into well paid jobs is a key priority for us. We take great pride in our apprenticeship programme, which enables young people to get on the job training, and a route into a lifelong career.

“It’s great news that we’ve been shortlisted in three out of four categories. To both staff and apprentices I congratulate all those involved.”

Organised by London Councils, the awards showcase the value of apprenticeships; highlight the contributions made by council staff to ensure the success of apprentices and focuses on how boroughs are helping increase apprenticeship opportunities in local business.

Ealing Council set up the Ealing Apprenticeship Network in 2012 to support local employers to create apprenticeships and connect young people to those opportunities. Over the last four years it has helped create more than 400 apprenticeship vacancies with local businesses.

Building on 10 years of experience gained by the council running its own award-winning internal apprenticeship scheme, the network helps young people into apprenticeships with partner businesses; provides preparation workshops and follow-up support, and uses the council’s relationship with training partners to link them up to young people and employers.

From 1 September, the network will run its fourth annual “100 in 100” campaign, which aims to secure 100 new apprenticeship pledges from local businesses in 100 days. Last year’s campaign saw 159 new apprenticeship pledges, including 26 from a local restaurant chain.

The winners of the London Borough Apprenticeship Awards will be announced on 16 September, and the next intake of council apprentices starts in January 2017. For more information visit our apprenticeships pages.