National Apprenticeship Week in Kensington and Chelsea

Wednesday 3 February 2021

Every year, National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) gives an opportunity to celebrate the great work of apprentices in industries across the UK and to highlight the benefits of learning through employment and opportunities available for people to build their skills and career path.

NAW 2021 (Monday 8 – Sunday 14 February) will look a little different due to the Coronavirus pandemic, with activities and events taking place online. As part of this, Kensington and Chelsea Council is teaming up with DWP for a Twitter event, where a number of vacancies with local employers will be shared on the @JCPinNthLondon account on Friday 12 February, 2pm to 3.30pm. More information about this and other exciting virtual activities taking place over the week are shown in our events schedule below.

Cllr Catherine Faulks, Lead Member for Economy, Employment and Innovation at the Council said: 

“Employers in our borough and beyond offer apprenticeship places because they are really valuable to both the employers and apprentices embarking on their career.

National Apprenticeship Week is a great opportunity to showcase different employment routes and help our residents to find their way into work. Even during the pandemic, there are new roles in Covid-safe workplaces or opportunities to take on roles working from home.”

After being referred by partner organisation W11 Lancaster West, local resident Liniker L successfully applied for a position with one of the Council’s main contractors, beginning his role this week. Liniker said:

My role is as an apprentice dry liner. I have been doing labouring for a while now but couldn’t see the progression I wanted so I thought learning a trade or a specific skill would allow me to progress in my career. I would recommend anyone looking at apprenticeships to look at various opportunities across many trades as you may find something that you weren’t searching for initially.”

Jayan Hameh, who is part of the Community Resilience Team at the Council, said:

‘’I started my L3 Business Administration Diploma in October 2019. The apprenticeship gave me the flexibility to learn and study at the same time. I really enjoyed the variety and the parts of my job that involve aspects like problem solving, developing communities and dealing with stakeholders.

“Another thing I would say is that apprenticeships are great at providing you with a structure and a routine to get into working life, but not lose touch with studying. It is demanding having to work full time and gain qualifications at the same time, but this helps to mature and develop you as a person.’’

Rawan Hameh is also completing an L3 Business Administration Diploma and working within the Registration Services team. She said:

I have enjoyed working with Registrars and learn from their experience to develop my skills and professional qualities, what I enjoy the most is wedding ceremonies and seeing the happiness on people’s faces on this big day. I have to say it is an extraordinary experience where you can challenge yourself, learn something new and shape your future career through it. So, if you are still thinking about it then take my advice and go for it.

See the list of events happening online which you can get involved in this National Appenticeship Week.

 

National Apprenticeship Week virtual events

Monday 8 – Friday 12 February

UCAS Discover Apprenticeships

Various times, throughout the week

Discover what’s on offer and what’s involved in studying while working with daily events and activities happening throughout the week, including Q&As with apprentices, virtual ‘meet the employers’, CV and interview workshops and more.

See the range of events and activities available and sign up on the UCAS website.

 

Monday 8 February

TFL Virtual National Apprenticeship Fair

All day via Teams

An opportunity to explore the variety of apprenticeships available in transportation and construction, this apprenticeship fair features a range of employers within the industry.

Sign up to attend this event online.

 

Monday 8 February

Introduction to Apprenticeships

11am and 1pm

Run by Amazing Apprenticeships and the Council’s Targeted Prevention Team       

The workshop is targeted at young people not in Education, Employment, or Training aged 16 – 19 (or up to 25 with SEND and an active EHCP) in the borough interested in learning more about the range of apprenticeships, how they work and how to apply.

If you’re a young person or parent in the borough please contact Zeena.Gordon@rbkc.gov.uk to attend.

 

Wednesday 10 February

2021: The Year of Digital Apprenticeships

11am - 12pm

This panel discussion covers the vital role of digital apprenticeships in the context of the business recovery from the pandemic, and what to expect from digital apprenticeships in 2021.

Register for this free event online.

 

Thursday 11 February

Kensington And Chelsea Chamber of Commerce Apprenticeship Week Employment Webinar

11.30am - 12.30pm via Zoom

Aimed at local young people and businesses wishing to learn more about apprenticeships.

Register for free on the KCCC website.

 

Friday 12 February

Twitter Apprenticeship Opportunities Event

2pm – 3.30pm via Twitter @JCPinNthLondon

Run in partnership with Kensington and Chelsea Council, with vacancies from Morley College, DWP, Innocent Drinks, Mace, and more.

Head over to the @JCPinNthLondon Twitter account where they'll be posting vacancies from local employers, for you to find out more and how to apply.

 

Friday 12 February

Introduction to Apprenticeships

11am and 1pm

Run by Amazing Apprenticeships and the Council’s Targeted Prevention Team       

The workshop is targeted at young people not in Education, Employment, or Training aged 16 – 19 (or up to 25 with SEND and an active EHCP) in the borough interested in learning more about the range of apprenticeships, how they work and how to apply.

If you’re a young person or parent in the borough please contact Zeena.Gordon@rbkc.gov.uk to attend.