BEST was created to establish better links between the council and businesses in the borough. The team encourages and supports local businesses who are interested in offering apprenticeships and other opportunities to Islington residents. Since January 2012 the team has created 98 apprenticeship opportunities. It works with 18 employers who have advertised apprenticeships and is currently in talks with more than 40 employers who have pledged their support to take on an apprentice.
Islington Council's executive member for children and families, Cllr Richard Watts, said:
"Congratulations to the team on this well-deserved London Councils award. We're on the side of Islington residents and are doing all we can to help create local employment and training opportunities. Along with the council's own apprenticeship scheme, more and more local employers are seeing the benefits for both them and our residents of offering these work experience and training placements."
Any Islington employers who would like to find out more about offering apprenticeships to local residents can contact BEST on 020 7527 3465 or email [email protected]
Now in their second year, the London Councils Apprenticeship Awards recognise excellence in individuals and boroughs that are making apprenticeships a success in the capital. The awards are organised by London Councils, the organisation that represents London’s 33 boroughs, and this year took place at Watermen’s Hall, which offers the oldest apprenticeship in the country.
Since the Islington Council launched its apprenticeship scheme in 2009, 73 residents have taken part, earning valuable skills, experience and in many cases, qualifications too. A further 34 apprentices will have been recruited by the end of this year.