The awards, which are now in their 13th year, celebrate apprentices and the work they do. Ealing Council apprentices have been shortlisted in 3 of the 5 categories while the council is shortlisted for the local authority category in creating apprenticeships.
Marcus Shalaby has been nominated for Best Contribution by a New Apprentice. His entry for the award said: “Marcus faced challenges but achieved high grades in school. He secured a Level 3 business admin apprenticeship despite being the youngest candidate. Marcus received awards for resilience and contributions. He supports peers, leads projects, improves customer experience, screens candidates, and enhances team efficiency. His dedication strengthens partnerships and he is a valuable asset to the team.”
Suzanna Lovell has been nominated for Best Progression by an Apprentice. Her entry for the award said: “Suzanna completed a business administrator apprenticeship before transitioning into a role as an assistant surveyor through a degree apprenticeship, a first for Ealing Council. She manages her own caseload and coordinates the council’s handyperson scheme. Despite facing obstacles like dyslexia and bullying, Suzanna is determined to break gender barriers in surveying. She actively promotes apprenticeships, addresses community organisations, and remains focused on excelling in her career.”
Tyler Pearce-Scott has been nominated for Best Apprentice working in the Supply Chain. His entry for the award said: “Tyler is a communications technician apprentice at HS2s Old Oak Common construction partner, BBVS. He has always lived in Ealing and became an apprentice as a school leaver. In this role he has set up the IT facilities at BBVS’s new site office in Ealing. He will begin a level 6 degree IT apprenticeship in September. He is committed to giving back to his local community, and fulfils his role with energy and dedication.”
Councillor Louise Brett, Ealing Council’s cabinet member for decent living incomes told EALING.NEWS: “A big congratulations to the shortlisted nominees, Marcus, Suzanna, and Tyler, their hard work acts as a shining example of the boroughs commitment to delivering apprenticeships for our residents.”
Councillor Brett addded: “We are working with local partners and businesses to deliver on our promise to secure 2,000 new diverse apprenticeships in Ealing over the next 3 years, ensuring that our residents have the opportunity to earn while they learn and access alternative routes into good, well-paid work”.
Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz OBE, London Councils’ Executive Member for Skills and Employment said: “Each year, through the London Borough Apprenticeship Awards, we come together to celebrate the outstanding achievements of apprentices working for London boroughs and their supply chains.
“Across London we see apprenticeships open up amazing opportunities to Londoners from our diverse communities. Boroughs are a driving force in championing apprenticeships as a fantastic way for people to gain new skills as well as boosting industries with recruitment challenges – including London boroughs themselves. I encourage all London employers to redouble their efforts in offering more apprenticeship opportunities.
“The Awards demonstrate the scale of ambition London boroughs have for their communities, as apprenticeships symbolise one of the many ways local government in London offers empowering opportunities through skills development.”
For the council category, Ealing Council has been shortlisted for the award Best Work with Supply Chains and/or Local Businesses to Create New Apprenticeships.
The council entry for the award said: “HS2, Europe’s largest infrastructure program, prioritises skills and employment. Ealing Council, an HS2 partner, secures benefits for disadvantaged groups, with priority access to employment for residents. They’ve obtained apprenticeship opportunities and HS2 Community Funds for an employment hub. Partnerships have resulted in 8% of Londoners starting apprenticeships being Ealing residents. Ealing Council and HS2 plan to leverage upcoming opportunities for further success.”
The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 11 September 2023.