Celebrations held for Islington Council apprentices
By JulieGK | Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 15:41
The hard work and achievements of more than 70 Islington Council apprentices have been recognised in a special celebration.
Since the council launched its apprenticeship scheme in 2009, 73 residents have taken part, earning valuable skills, experience and
in many cases, qualifications too. A further 34 apprentices will have been
recruited by the end of this year.
On Wednesday, September 19, a celebration event was
held in Islington's Assembly Hall to congratulate the council's apprentices and
their managers. Certificates were presented by the Mayor of Islington, Cllr
Jilani Chowdhury, the leader of Islington Council, Cllr Catherine West, and
Islington Council's chief executive, Lesley Seary, in recognition of the
apprentices' achievements and the contributions they have made to the council.
The event also provided an opportunity to welcome
the newest apprentice recruits.
Islington Council's executive member for children
and families, Cllr Richard Watts, said: "The job market is incredibly tough at the moment,
which is why we're doing all we can to help our residents to get a foot on the
"Congratulations to all our apprentices who have
completed their placements. It's been great to hear how positive they all are
about their experiences and how much they feel they have gained through the
scheme - from confidence and practical skills, right through to qualifications.
I know managers across the council are looking forward to welcoming the next
round of apprentices into their teams."
Current council apprentices are now being recruited
to act as ambassadors for the scheme and will be involved in promoting the
apprenticeships to local unemployed young people.
Rukshana Akther, 24, completed her
apprenticeship within the council's children's services team earlier this year.
She has since been employed as a cash officer at James Selby department store in
Rukshana said: "The biggest thing I gained from my apprenticeship
was self-confidence. All my colleagues were really helpful and my manager took
the time to make sure I understood all my tasks and encourage me. I'd really
recommend the council apprenticeship to others. I built up so many skills and
now I've been able to start my career!"
Islington Council has been shortlisted for two
London Councils London Borough Apprenticeship Awards – one for Best Manager and
one for Best Work with Supply Chains.
The Best Manager nominee, Bhupesh Thapa
works as a parks manager for Islington Council. He was nominated for the award
by his former apprentice, Nick Bowry, who felt that Bhupesh played a major part
in helping him to gain the skills and confidence that later led to him being
recruited as a permanent employee at the council.
The business employment support team are
short-listed for their work with local businesses, encouraging and helping them
to offer apprenticeships to residents. The team are currently working with 18
Islington employers who have advertised apprenticeships.
Council apprentices receive regular support from a
manager, along with training and the opportunity to gain an NVQ qualification.
Anyone interested in a council apprenticeship can keep an eye on opportunities
coming up clicking here.