1000 Mayor's Apprenticeships in the pipeline

More than 100 new Tower Hamlets Apprenticeship opportunities have already been created since the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, launched The Mayor's Apprenticeship Commitment in the borough last month. 

The Mayor’s Apprenticeship Commitment is an ambitious plan to create at least 1000 Apprenticeships for local residents with businesses and organisations of all sizes, across the borough, the City and London as a whole.

Over 150 businesses representatives attended the launch at the Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green, and many will be working with the council and its partner Skills Team Ltd to help establish their own apprenticeship opportunities.

Six young Tower Hamlets Apprentices are currently working with the international construction and development company, the Berkeley Group in a range of jobs including Logistics, Business Administration, Cladding, Painting and Decorating and Dry Lining.

Kelsey Tuffin has recently started her two-year Apprenticeship in Painting and Decorating with the Berkeley Group.  She is currently working on two of their major developments sites in the borough at South Quay Plaza at Canary Wharf, and Goodman’s Field in Aldgate. 

For Kelsey, an apprenticeship has been the best way to start her career. She said:

“The advantage of doing an apprenticeship is you earn while you learn and it gives you more job opportunities in the future.

“When I finish my two-year apprenticeship, I’d like to use my qualifications and go on to work on a variety of different sites.

“Since I’ve been working with Berkeley I’ve already learned many new skills including rolling walls, cutting in, and learning to use the right tools and equipment for each job.  And I’m really enjoying it!”

The Mayor’s Apprenticeship Commitment is linked to the council’s WorkPath employment scheme which is designed to ensure that every resident has the opportunity to benefit from the huge economic potential in and around the borough.

With one of the youngest and fastest growing populations in the country, the borough’s unique riches include Canary Wharf.  It is also on the doorstep of the City of London, and neighbouring areas of East London being transformed with huge levels of regeneration and inward investment.  

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs said:

“Businesses of all shapes and sizes tell me how Apprentices play a crucial role in making their organisations a success, and how apprenticeships help them  to create a well-motivated and highly skilled workforce.  Improving the level of skills is vital to creating sustainable economic growth, and a flexible workforce able to adapt to new markets and opportunities. 

“I’m delighted that through my Apprenticeship Commitment, at least 1000 local people of all ages and backgrounds will benefit from the chance to transform their lives with a top quality job.” 

Cllr Joshua Peck, Tower Hamlets Cabinet Member for Work and Economic Growth said:

“The challenge of creating 1000 apprenticeships is purposely ambitious, for the council, our partners, our residents and business too.  The truth is we all benefit when local people are able to access the skills and qualifications that lead them towards a long term career, and help our borough to grow.”

“Through the ongoing support we provide with our training and business partners, our apprentices can count on our best efforts to match their own ambitions and to help make their employment dreams a reality.”   

Stav Aristokle Hill, is Apprenticeship Programme Manager at Berkeley Group Plc. and is part of the team supporting the six Tower Hamlets Apprentices. She said:    

“We find that there are many benefits associated with taking on apprentices. These include giving back to the communities that we’re working with, and also supporting industry to fill some of those skills gaps that we have.

“By supporting local apprentices we’re able to find the right people to join our businesses in the future, as well as those within our supply chain.

“It’s also important that we offer wrap around support as apprentices find their feet, learn new skills and can balance their college work and assignments, with what is also often a physically demanding job too.”

Residents or businesses who would like to know more about the Mayor’s Apprenticeship Commitment should visit: www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/workpath email workpath@towerhamlets.gov.uk or call 020 7364 0626.

WorkPath is the council’s brand new integrated employment service, joining up bespoke, expert support, training, mentoring and coaching. It provides a personalised support service for residents including those lacking the skills to return to work, and those who have never worked.

Launched earlier this year, WorkPath will support 1000 hardest to reach residents with multiple employment barriers into work. This is in addition to the commitment of 1000 new apprentices.

It will also support an additional 4000 residents to make significant steps towards a long term job, through a range of courses to increase their skill and qualifications.

Posted on Tuesday 2nd January 2018