Progressing nicely

Shane Elliott in the council’s regeneration and housing department won Best Progression by an Apprentice at the 2016 London Borough Apprenticeship Awards.

In the 18 months since he began his apprenticeship with the council, Shane has collected over £40,000 in his role as a housing officer. His work involves ensuring that the small minority of tenants who damage their property pay for the repairs.

On winning the award he said: “This is fantastic. I never thought I’d ever be shortlisted and when I was, I never thought I’d ever win. This feels great and hopefully it’ll be great for my career, too.”

Shane also won Ealing Council’s own Apprentice of the Year 2016 award, making this a double win for him.

As well as Shane’s success, Ealing Council was runner up in two other categories. Rose Pereira, assistant manager in the repairs and adaptations service, was a runner up in the Best Manager or Mentor category, and the council’s Ealing Apprenticeship Network was runner up in the Best Work with Supply Chains and /or Local Business to Create New Apprenticeships category.

Councillor Peter Mason, cabinet member for prosperity, skills, employment and transformation, said:  “I am delighted for Shane. His innovative project has saved the council some serious money. For an apprentice at the start of his career it is a demonstration that he has a bright future ahead of him.

“I’d also like to congratulate all our shortlisted candidates. We are very proud of our apprenticeship programme. Getting people into well paid jobs is one of our key priorities and our programme enables young people to get good quality on-the-job training on route into a career.”

Organised by London Councils, which represents the capital’s 32 boroughs, the London Borough Apprenticeship Awards showcases the value of apprenticeships to the individual, public organisations and business.