Monday (8 February) marked the beginning of National Apprentice Week, with over 100 people kickstarting their careers at the City of London Corporation in a diverse range of jobs across the capital.
As the governing body for the Square Mile and a major capital-wide public services provider, the City Corporation manages 11,000 acres of green space in London and south east England, runs 10 academies across the city, and manages 12 social housing estates across six London boroughs and the City of London.
Apprentices have been placed across its departments, learning new skills such as coding, programming and procuring. All Corporation apprentices, who are recruited from a diverse range of backgrounds, are paid the London Living Wage and continue to be supported with careers advice after their apprenticeship.
This year’s National Apprentice Week theme focuses on how employers train, retain and help apprentices achieve.
Caroline Haines, Chair of the City of London Corporation’s Education Board, said “Employing apprentices is an effective way for businesses to acquire and develop the skills their firms need, while improving the employability prospects of youngsters.
“It’s a great way to kick-start to a young person’s career, providing a stepping stone into the world of work.
“Apprenticeship programmes empower young people to try out different jobs, experience a range of sectors and use their experience to discover new ways into employment.
“The City of London Corporation will continue to work hard to improve apprenticeship uptake across London, offering alternative career pathways for people from all walks of life.”
The City of London Corporation will also hold its third virtual London Careers Festival between 28 June to 2 July, connecting pupils to a wide range of leading global businesses, apprenticeship providers and other career opportunities across the capital.