Outstanding apprentices honoured by London Councils

  • By Gemma Kappala-R...

The brightest and best local government apprentices in London have been praised for their achievements at the London Borough Apprenticeship Awards.

From supporting vulnerable elderly residents to educating people about domestic violence, these young people have demonstrated exceptional capabilities that make them stand out from the crowd.

Held at the Barclays headquarters in Canary Wharf on Wednesday 23 September, the London Borough Apprenticeship Awards are run by London Councils, which represents the 32 boroughs and the City of London.

Cllr Peter John, Executive member for children, skills and employment, said:

"Since 2009, councils in London have created nearly 7,000 apprenticeships in a diverse range of fields from civil engineering to project management. It is fantastic to see what apprentices can achieve given the prospect of a varied and challenging public sector career.

"Young people recruited through apprenticeships can help London boroughs design improved systems and processes, contribute to new projects, lead teams, provide great customer service and gain specialist skills that are hard to find. Congratulations to all award winners and nominees. Their invaluable contribution will help to secure a bright future for local government in London."

As well as recognising stellar apprentices, the London Borough Apprenticeship Awards also commend managers who recruit and mentor apprentices and London boroughs who are promoting apprenticeships within their supply chains. 

The winners are:

  • Apprentice of the year: Sidonie Smith – Bexley
  • Best contribution by a new apprentice: John Cummins – Greenwich 
  • Best progression by an apprentice: Erika Grudisnkyte – Southwark 
  • Best manager or mentor: Claire Tugwell – Greenwich 
  • Best work with supply chains and small businesses: Camden 

For more information, visit the Apprenticeships section of the website.