Leading the way
Joyceline Hogan heads up the council’s early careers and talent team, which champions apprenticeships both in the council and with employers in the borough. She talks about the benefits of apprenticeships and, with exam results on the horizon, how they can be the beginning of a long and successful career
My team is passionate about encouraging the council and other Islington employers to take on more apprentices. We attend careers events at schools and host information sessions or insight days, where people can get their questions answered about apprenticeships and careers in the council.
Summer is a time of great excitement and sometimes anxiety as young people wait for their exam results. Whatever their results, I encourage them to think about apprenticeships as a possible, debt-free route to achieving additional qualifications and starting their career. There are more than 600 types of apprenticeship, leading to different levels of qualification – from those that are equivalent to GCSE or A-levels, right through to a bachelor’s or master’s degree-level qualification.
We recruit to the council’s apprenticeship programme throughout the year. Our apprenticeships include carpentry, finance, planning, business administration, early years educator and countryside work placements. Most of our apprentices have gone on to gain a permanent job and promotions with us or other organisations.