Award winning programme

The Early Careers team take pride and effort into designing and offering a powerful apprenticeship programme which enables you to learn, develop and grow.

Large Employer of the Year 2017

Catalyst won two awards at the Ealing Apprenticeship Network awards, picking up the ‘Large Employer of the Year’ Award and Catalyst Gateway apprentice Narmeen Tahir won ‘Apprentice of the Year’. 

The Ealing Apprenticeship Network Awards is organised by Ealing Council and celebrates the apprentices, employers and training providers that operate in the borough. 

Catalyst has a long and successful history of taking on apprentices and helping people begin new careers. 

Employer of the Year 2020

Catalyst has been recognised as Employer of the Year at the YMCA annual National Apprenticeship Awards this year which was hosted at the House of Commons. 

Our partnership with the YMCA began in 2017 when we partnered with them to deliver their horticulture apprenticeship to Catalyst’s estate services team, a great opportunity to upskill and invest in our teams that look after so many of our neighbourhoods. 

There are 26 gardeners currently on the programme, many of whom have been a participant for over a year. Catalyst has worked hard to maintain a high retention rate, as we know it can be difficult to manage education and employment without proper support. 

Shahid Mehmood, Estate Services Gardener, joined Catalyst three years ago and has been on the apprenticeship scheme for 18 months. Shahid spoke highly of the support he has received from his team:

“I love working here. My team leader has been right by my side since I applied for gardening. He did my first lot of training. My line manager has also been very supporting and encouraged me in my journey.” 

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