16 March 2017
On Friday 10 March, apprentices, employers and those in the employability sector gathered at the Barclays headquarters in Canary Wharf for Catch22’s Annual Apprenticeships and Employability Awards. The event took place during the 10th anniversary of National Apprenticeships Week with a focus on this year’s theme a ‘Ladder of Success’. Our Apprentice Keynote Speakers and Employer Panel brought the theme to life by highlighting the individual stories of career progression as well as the opportunity realised through apprenticeships and employment programmes and policies.
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Meet our 2017 Catch22 Apprenticeships and Employability Awards winners:
Apprentice Learners of the Year
Louis Rainford, Proteus Waterproofing
Louis has always been ahead of target despite taking additional units than required. The work he produces is exceptional, from creating complex formulas to designing/creating whole new software; this would be something you would expect of a senior developer, not an apprentice. Prior to the apprenticeship he had no knowledge of any programming, but has spent all his spare time self teaching a range of programming languages.
Danielle Gough, npower
Danielle has progressed from Customer Service Level 2 to Sales Level 3 and is on schedule to complete in March. Danielle was keen to further challenge herself following her first apprenticeship programme. Having taken on responsibility for selling retail boilers to customers, Danielle decided that a sales qualification would support this development opportunity. Danielle is an enthusiastic learner, always eager to improve her knowledge.
Ellen Turner, Revolution Events
Ellen came to us with A level qualifications, but hadn’t yet found her niche. During her apprenticeship, we made significant progress with her confidence, and the work that she submitted was of an exceptionally high standard. Her progress was evidenced by the fact that her employer – Revolution Events offered her a full time job with responsibility for four national education events.
Employability Clients of the Year
After taking a two-week health and social care course delivered by Catch22, Ahlan was inspired to consider a future working with young people. Ahlan secured a one week work trial with BrightFuture Kids Club and the business was so impressed by how hardworking and passionate she was that they offered her an apprenticeship position. She is now doing a Children & Young People’s Workforce Level 3 Apprenticeship which she really enjoys and it has inspired her to work toward becoming a primary school teacher.
Taishan joined the ESF contract in December 2016, looking for work in animal care. Taishan was finding it difficult to find work or an apprenticeship in animal care despite numerous applications. Taishan faithfully attended all of her reviews, successfully completed a cold calling session, and she attended interview and trail day and now works as a receptionist/animal carer for Fantastic Services a pet sitting service.
Rowenna worked with Catch22 and was provided with employability skills such as job searching, CV writing, interview practice and mind-set support which resulted a boost of self-confidence about the future. She also attended courses in health and safety and first aid provided by Catch22 and passed and was able to add these new qualifications to her CV which helped to secure a job with LondonCare. Rowena has been working with LondonCare since November 2016 and has told us that her role and the employment support she utilised through Catch22 has made a real difference to her life.
Catch22 Apprenticeships and Employability Staff Member of the Year
Nikala has been supporting a number of learners across the country and has provided her manager Jayne a lot of support particularly with learners who need that ’ little extra push’ She is one of the directorate safeguarding trainers, something additional she volunteered to do. She is will always support other members of the team Her learners are all on target and she delivers all of her own functional skills In 2015/16 her learners timely achievement rates were 83% which is above our target and in 2016/17 she is on track to achieve a 92% timely achievement rate
Small and Medium-Sized Employer of the Year
Ace Hydraulics have employed apprentices and provided additional high value training at their own cost in engineering modules such as hydraulics, management and people skills. Ace Hydraulics are committed to people development and have promoted and progressed their apprentices in the business, as well as training existing staff in apprenticeships.
Large Employer of the Year
Rendall and Rittner
Rendall and Rittner and in particular Elaine Higgins were an important contributor to the successful development and approval of the Housing and Property Management Apprenticeship Standard. Rendall and Rittner are receiving this award because they have worked tirelessly with Catch22, the IRPM and CIH to develop a pilot programme for this Standard and to ensure their entire industry benefits from this very exciting apprenticeship standard.
Reflecting on the awards, Asi Panditharatna, Catch22’s Director of Apprenticeships and Employability, said:
‘Our event was a celebration of the achievements of our employers, apprentices, employability clients and our staff. They all deserve great praise and recognition of what they have achieved. All our nominees, finalists and winners are testament to the fact that real success only comes through having the right attitude, lots of determination and hard work. They have also shown that real change comes from within each of us and we can all make a positive difference to our organisations, communities and society, regardless of our backgrounds’.
Thank you to Barclays for hosting this year’s Catch22 Apprenticeships and Employability Awards. Catch22 is working with Barclays on Connect with Work, our joint initiative which aims to support individuals aged 16+ with the aptitude and attitude to enter the workplace, but who face barriers to doing so. The programme helps to upskill these individuals, as well as helping them to connect with businesses who are recruiting. Since partnering with Barclays on Connect with Work, Catch22 has helped over 140 individuals into work with businesses in London and the surrounding regions.
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