Apprenticeship testimonials

City and Islington College is proud to have developed partnerships and worked with a number of high profile employers from a range of sectors in order to deliver apprenticeships.

How we develop and nurture the partnerships and communicate with the employer and the apprentice is crucial. Read what employers have to say about us, our apprenticeships and the benefits.

Whittington Hospital

After announcing the start of a partnership in the delivery of apprenticeships with City and Islington College, Charlotte Johnson, Head of Education, Learning and Development Services at the Whittington Hospital NHS Trust said:

“The NHS has a wide cross-section of different types of job roles. As a large local employer Whittington Health is keen to support young people with employment opportunities to achieve their aspirations and careers in healthcare.

“The management of supplying products and logistics through procurement services play an important role in the daily lives of patients by ensuring the right equipment is available at the right time and in the right place when required. Our procurement services work across a number of local hospitals and has provided an opportunity for talented young people to develop skills and experience in the field of supply and logistics. Supply chain/logistic apprenticeships will spend the next 15 months gaining valuable skills, knowledge and experience while working alongside the Procurement team."

Whittington Hospital - Apprentice of the Year

Duncan Matthews, studying an Apprenticeship in Business Administration, was named the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ at the Health Education North Central and East London (HENCEL) quality awards 2014. 

Duncan's employer said:

"Since joining us, Duncan has blended in well and proven himself to be an asset to the team and the directorate. He has made a major contribution to enabling our department to move towards paperless working. Duncan has been working in the risk department and has completed a database of all organisational policies with expiry dates.

"He has recently represented apprentices and our organisation at a local large employment event, by giving a speech; despite being unfamiliar with public speaking. This demonstrated his unwavering dedication and commitment to his work and our team."

Read what Duncan had to say >

Plan UK

The College has a strong relationship with international development charity Plan UK. The apprenticeship scheme began three years ago with two of the College's apprentices gaining employment as a result.  Kate Turner, Head of HR and Child Protection Focal Point, Plan UK, said: 

"Apprenticeships are part of our strategy to diversify the entrance points to a career in Plan UK and the sector in general, providing opportunities for people who might otherwise not have considered a career in international development. They also complement our wider organisational strategy; we have projects focussing on economic security for young people outside the UK and want to ensure that we are considering economic security for young people within the UK too.  We pay apprentices the London Living Wage as part of this commitment."

Reece Rochester, 19, who is studying a BTEC Diploma in Business Administration, while working as a HR Apprentice at Plan UK, plans to use the skills he has learnt through his apprenticeship to work his way up in his next position.

Read what Reece had to say >

Royal Veterinary College (RVC)

"Throughout our history, we have done our level best to associate ourselves with organisations that stand out as leaders in their sectors. It gives me great pleasure to be working closely with an organisation that is just that. City and Islington leads its field – it’s the best in its particular sector in London and one of the best in the country."

- Professor Stuart Reid, Royal Veterinary College (RVC) Principal, commenting on the signing of an agreement to encourage more College students to progress to degrees at the RVC on completion of their City and Islington College course.

Action Aid

After announcing the start of a new partnership between ActionAid and City and Islington College in the delivery of apprenticeships, Richard Miller, Executive Director of the charity, said a that they wanted to have a positive effect on the lives of people living in poverty, including the "lowest-paid Londoners".

"The introduction of an apprenticeship scheme will enable young people, including those without university qualifications, to gain entry to the international development sector," he said.

"We hope that by recruiting apprentices from the local community and from a different range of backgrounds we will create more entry routes into our organisation.

"Working in collaboration with Plan UK and Christian Aid will allow us to share our learning and ensure that our apprentices have the opportunity to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification and a real future."

Treehouse Nursery

Treehouse is a private childcare organisation, celebrating 25 years this year. Treehouse nursery is the largest private day care nursery in the London Borough of Wansted, with over 105 employees they cater to over 400 children from birth to 11 years of age. 

Naizia, the Nursery Manager said:

"City and Islington College is the sole Childcare provider for Treehouse Nursery, we believe that City and Islington College has an excellent reputation with apprenticeships. Not only does the college tailor to our individual needs but the training given to the apprentices is tailored to Treehouse’s ideal of how to work with children. In addition, I believe that City and Islington College is very efficient in terms of the administrative side of things, paperwork seems to be carried out quickly and concisely which makes the collaboration all the more efficient.  

"The apprentices that we have on board tend to have a very good attitude towards work, they are very positive and committed to not just learning but applying what they have learnt in to practice. They seem very keen to support each other especially when it comes to practical work. Their behaviour and conduct with the managers and colleague’s falls nothing short of excellent.

"We believe that City and Islington College has a fantastic reputation for providing quality apprentices and we feel that the college trains its apprentices to what we believe an outstanding package looks like."

Paxton Veterinary Clinic

Paxton Veterinary Clinic is a well-established, RCVS accredited practice situated in South London, and is committed to delivering the best care for both patients and clients. The Veterinary Clinic is well equipped with internal lab machines, digital xray, ultrasound and endoscopy. City and Islington College works with Paxton Veterinary Clinic to deliver the Veterinary Nursing Apprenticeship Framework. Louisa Ellis, Practice Manager,  said:

“We believe in giving something back to the profession, and although having an apprentice and having to manage their training , days at college etc is an addition to our workload, having an apprentice in the clinic means we have an extra member of staff who is dedicated to their profession and trained by us to our own high level standards. 

"Ryan works very well with other staff members.  He is friendly, polite and keen to learn.  Ryan puts a lot of effort in to each task he takes on, and ensures it is fully completed before moving on.  This is crucial in aiding the smooth running of our clinic.  Ryan carries out a wide variety of jobs, ranging from cleaning to help monitoring anaesthetics.  He assists on reception, taking phone calls, welcoming clients and dealing with enquiries.  We look forward to him progressing through his course and taking on further responsibilities of  a veterinary nurse. Ryan has great enthusiasm for veterinary work which drives us to provide excellent training.  

"He can look at things from a fresh perspective, helping us to come up with new ideas to help improve the clinic.  He has good IT skills which have helped in the development of our computer system.

Find out about about Ryan’s experience >

Michael Laurie Magar

Michael Laurie Magar was established in 2000, predominately managing residential blocks of flats, they have grown organically over the past 16 years into a very successful and award winning company.

Shelley Jacobs Director of Michael Laurie Magar said:

“Hannah has been a delightful apprentice. She is very willing to muck and in and get things done, lend a hand and generally has been a professional, hard working, and extremely well liked member of the team. So much so that we have offered Hannah the opportunity to stay on at MLM after her apprenticeship has finished. Hannah has been a very diligent apprentice. She works hard and applies herself well within the role. 

"We strongly believe in investing in the youth of today. It is an extremely rewarding experience to take a young apprentice and guide them through their apprenticeship year, helping them find out what they want to do with their future, which is often something they don’t always have the answers to when they start the scheme. We would definitely recommend employing apprentices and think it is a fantastic opportunity for both employer and employee."

Enfield IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies)

Sophie Thompson is studying an Apprenticeship in Business Administration while working at Enfield IAPT. 

Sophie's employer said:

"Sophie started her apprenticeship at Enfield IAPT and one thing that stood out from the start was her maturity and willingness to succeed.

"For the majority of clients, Sophie is the first point of contact: it is vital that they are greeted with a friendly and warm reception, which Sophie provides. She has used her initiative to enhance the service by creating a branded template for presentations, a spreadsheet for monitoring referral numbers, and setting up a mailing list. As well as providing support to patient care she makes the jobs of practitioners, managers and admin staff a lot easier by her enthusiasm to help.

"Sophie’s calm nature and willingness to support her colleagues and patients entering our service is highly valued."

Read what Sophie had to say >

Goddard’s Veterinary Group

Amy Cowcher, former College Apprentice of the Year, finished her Veterinary Nursing Apprenticeship while working for Goddard’s Veterinary Group. She is now a Senior Veterinary Nurse at the organisation. 

Ben Everett, Amy’s manager at Goddard Veterinary Group said:

"Amy is extremely hard-working, which has led her to pass her courses with flying colours. She is incredibly enthusiastic with endless amounts of energy. She also has limitless compassion for the patients within her care, and she frequently gives up her free time to attend to stray animals at the practice.

"She has been an indispensable asset to the practice, especially during staff changes when she has taken on extra responsibilities usually above and beyond her role."

Read what Amy has to say >

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