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.”