Catalyst celebrated National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) with a packed week of events and activities that showcased the positive impact apprenticeships have on our organisation and communities.
Working in collaboration with colleagues across the business, we delivered a series of virtual events to applaud, recognise and support all our apprentices.
To start the week, students in Ealing were given the opportunity to find out more about apprenticeships at Catalyst, thanks to two of our current apprentices.
Linard Laith from Home Ownership and Alice Fawcett from Housing pre-recorded their own ‘careers talk’ videos, which were shown to Year 9, 10 and 11 students at Dormers Well High School.
The students discovered why Linard and Alice applied for an apprenticeship scheme and what a typical day’s like for them both.
Sarah Girvan, Assistant Headteacher at Dormers Wells High School, said: “The Catalyst Apprenticeship videos were fantastic to use as part of our National Apprenticeship Week programme. The videos were informative, interesting and relevant.
“The students really enjoyed hearing from apprentices of a similar age that lived in the local area and attended local schools. Thank you for sharing these fantastic resources Catalyst!’
In the Acton community, we invited some of our apprentices to drop in to the Friary Park virtual coffee morning and have a chat with the residents.
Our IT Apprentice, Ben Wheeler, shared his apprenticeship journey with the residents and explained the benefits of being an apprentice. Ben was joined by two other apprentices who work for our contractors, who also shared their stories.
To end the week, our apprentices hosted a ‘Celebratory Apprenticeship Event’ to reflect on their highlights, achievements, challenging moments and future plans.
We support our apprentices no matter what their next career decision. During NAW, each apprentice had the opportunity to meet a senior leader of their choice in the organisation, to hear about their career journeys and get some tips on how to enhance their careers and build new relationships.
We also spent time with each apprentice to show them how to create their own LinkedIn profile. This platform will be incredibly useful at helping our apprentices grow connections and can assist them on their chosen career path.
Ellie Parminter, Organisational Development Coordinator, said: “I’m very pleased this was another success for apprentices and demonstrates how Catalyst invests in people and skills, particularly in these challenging times. Thank you to everyone who took part in raising the profile of apprenticeships and celebrated the stories of some of our apprentices, it truly was a week to remember!”