London Borough Apprenticeship Awards celebrate the power of community spirit


London Councils is delighted to announce the winners of the 2021 London Borough Apprenticeship Awards, which celebrate the exceptional impact apprentices have across local government in London.

These awards also recognise London boroughs’ dedication to creating apprenticeship opportunities, providing local jobs and training for local people. London boroughs generated a total of 3,137 apprenticeships during the 2020-21 financial year.

As London recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic, the kindness and commitment shown by borough apprentices and those that support them has helped London’s local communities to heal and improved the vital work done at a local level.

This year marks 11 years since the awards began and sees a particularly diverse cohort of winners who have excelled in enriching and empowering their local communities. They include a council worker using his personal experience of the care system to make the care journey a smoother one for others, an apprentice who has streamlined his department’s case management and booking systems saving 700 hours of staff time, and a manager at a local primary school who is committed to ensuring every eligible family is aware of and has access to free school meals.

Cllr Nesil Caliskan, London Councils’ Executive Member for Skills and Employment, said:

“London Councils is incredibly proud to celebrate the talented winners of this year’s London Borough Apprenticeship Awards. This year marks 11 years since the Awards were first held to celebrate the outstanding achievements of apprentices working for London boroughs and their supply chains.

“The strength of community spirit shines in this year’s winners, who have excelled in supporting and improving their services and giving back to London’s communities during such a difficult year. Both winners and nominees are a powerful example of what local government can do to empower the communities they serve.

“As we enter the second decade of the Awards, boroughs continue to lead the way in creating apprenticeship opportunities that highlight the value of vocational education, in not only helping people enter the capital’s workforce but laying solid career foundations and expanding the horizons of Londoners of all ages.

“As we continue to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, borough apprenticeships are a vital opportunity to grow skills that London’s diverse communities urgently need, not just to recover, but to flourish.”