London Councils Apprentice of the Year Award goes to Islington Council apprentice, Joseph Huston-Mendy

“I was really surprised because I thought I hadn’t won my category, so I wasn’t expecting to win overall. I was sitting in the barbershop chair when the winner was announced, and I was really surprised!” – Joseph.

After graduating from Bournemouth University, and with the motivation from his mother who always encouraged him to give back and support the betterment of his community, he applied for Islington Council Apprenticeship scheme and started his role as an Apprentice Project Manager in September 2019.

In response to Covid-19, Joseph has gone above and beyond his usual duties. He volunteered to be redeployed to the Islington Distribution Centre to provide deliveries to food banks and vulnerable people across the borough. Within two weeks he was promoted to Logistics Manager and shortly after he was promoted again. Joseph adapted quickly and, alongside the coordination of the centre, is responsible for all operational staff.

“I coordinate food donations to 13 different food projects across the borough. I work with different council departments such as Accessible Community Transport who deliver food donations to the distribution centre, and Estate Maintenance who deliver food parcels to vulnerable residents and assist in operational duties at the distribution centre.”

Joseph’s leadership has resulted in the effective and increased delivery of both emergency food parcels and surplus food deliveries during this challenging time. “The work I am doing for Islington is supporting the community, providing a lifeline to residents during this unprecedented time.” -Joseph.

Billy Wells, Head of Neighbourhood Services, has commended Joseph on hit work. “At a time of both local and national crisis, Joseph has stepped up to support the council’s emergency response to coronavirus. Joseph has proved that not only is he one of the most capable young individuals I have ever worked with, but given the opportunity, development and investment that prosperity is available for every young person. I am in awe of Joseph’s ability and willingness to deliver top class services and support to our residents”.

Well done, Joseph!

Islington Council provides apprenticeship opportunities within its own departments as well as with local employers.These opportunities are for residents from all backgrounds, so they can experience a great start to their career and continue on into long-term employment. To find out more about their latest apprenticeship opportunities, visit their website.

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