Our Chief Executive has been co-Chair of Merton’s Economic Wellbeing Group for a number of years. It brings together many of the organisations in the borough who are involved in skills, training and employment.
Representing local businesses at a regional level has always been a priority for us in our aim to make sure that Merton is represented and listened to. In 2019 Diana Sterck was invited to sit on the newly formed South London Skills and Employment Board, a forum of large and smaller businesses, colleges and training providers and local authorities, working together to influence Government policy and to address key challenges for employers such as the apprenticeship levy and recruitment and skills gaps.
We want to represent the voice of small and medium sized employers and bring more financial support from Government into the area to help prepare people for work, and address up-skilling and productivity.
Our aim is to ensure that business needs are met when it comes to preparing people for work. We also want to match local people to local jobs, in our belief this is the best ingredient for a sustainable local economy.
There are plenty of opportunities for businesses to get involved – from offering mentoring to those seeking employment or wanting to start a business, to helping young people in schools prepare for the world of work.
When we launched our Take One initiative back in 2013, we were asking employers to help young people take up an apprenticeship or find a job. With your help over 100 young people went into apprenticeships.
Over the past 4 years we have widened Take One to also include adults as part of our partnership work with local work preparation organisations.
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Dominic Devereux from White Light Ltd wins the 2019 Merton Best Business Awards' 2019 Apprentice of the Year.
Dominic started at White Light Group in 2017 at the age of 17. WL's Health & Safety and Workforce Development Director Chris Nicholls comments: "One of the main reasons we initially took Dominic on was his enthusiasm. From the moment he arrived at WL for the Apprentice Open Day we could see how eager he was to get involved and learn as much as he could; one of the most important attributes we look for in any apprentice".
Dominic was part of an initial cohort who undertook the first-ever Creative Venue Technician Apprenticeship. Since the, Dominic has completely thrown himself into the company and instantly became 'one of the team'. Displaying maturity beyond his years, he's being part of a range of projects during his time at WL, often during extremely unsociable hours, and has received exceptional feedback for every event he's worked on.
Chris states: "The projects Dom has worked on included the annual servicing at Westfield, a placement at VAULT Festival, building our stand at the PLASA Show, undertaking a four-week placement at Rose Bruford College as part of a student exchange as well as numerous conferences and awards ceremonies at Central Hall Westminster, where we are the in-house Production Partner. All of these jobs were with important clients and required very different disciplines and specific approaches - all of which Dom has learned and developed during his time here. Our staff have been so impressed by his can-do attitude that he has actually been offered a full-time position within the Technical Service Department."
Dominic comments: "WL has been very supportive of me as an apprentice, offering insightful training courses as well as practical experience in a wide array of different situations. I really enjoyed the initial rotational schedule which enabled me to work within each of the various departments and offer me great experience, as well as help hone my interests. I now look forward to continuing the next chapter in my career with the company".
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