The council’s Croydon Apprenticeship Academy has smashed its goal to create and fill 100 apprenticeships in 100 working days, benefiting residents and businesses across the borough.
As today marks the final day of the campaign, the council can reveal a total of 110 apprenticeships have been successfully created and filled since the launch of the 100 in 100 initiative in August.
Through Croydon Apprenticeship Academy – a one-stop shop for apprenticeships in Croydon – the council has worked with a huge range of employers and training providers to create a fantastic range of opportunities for residents and businesses. Both have benefited from a variety of industry roles with local, national and international employers based in Croydon
The 100 in 100 camapign was born out of a launch event in March 2019, when local training providers and employers came together and made a collective pledge to drive the apprenticeship agenda across the borough.
Since the initiative started, residents educated from GCSE to degree level have started apprenticeships in a range of fields, including data analysis, project management, plumbing, business administration, accountancy, construction management, hairdressing and teaching.
New Addington resident Adam Edmonds became the 100th person to benefit when he joined PE Global as an apprentice (Business Admin Level 3).
His manager Katie Stewardson said: “Adam has been an excellent addition to my team. He brings a positive and hard-working attitude to work every day and is a joy to work with. Croydon College has done a wonderful job sourcing great apprentices and I look forward to working with them again.”
Adam said: “I chose to do an apprenticeship because they are a great gateway into the working world as they allow you to hit the ground running and gain invaluable experience. Croydon College streamlined the process and now I have an exciting position at PE Global.”
Apprenticeships are open to all ages and offer a practical approach to starting or changing career. They provide the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and training whilst being paid.
Increased productivity, reduced recruitment and training costs, instilling culture and the opportunity to develop a skilled and motivated workforce are just some of the benefits for employers taking on an apprentice.
“I am absolutely thrilled we have not only met, but exceeded our ambitious target. To have successfully created 110 apprenticeships benefitting residents and businesses is a real achievement. As a London Living Wage employer, I’m also very proud that the council can offer residents across the borough a very competitive wage and exciting career pathways.
This fantastic campaign has and will change lives not just for the apprentices, but for their employers and their businesses too. I look forward to following the apprentices’ journeys going forward. The campaign is just the beginning and as a council, we will continue to excel in apprenticeship opportunities.”
Councillor Manju Shahul-Hameed, cabinet member for economy and jobs
To find out more about apprenticeship opportunities in Croydon click here