It was a double dose of success for Kensington and Chelsea College’s apprentices as they beat stiff competition from across London to scoop the prestigious Apprentice of the Year Awards at the Creative & Cultural Skills Awards.
The coveted Apprentice of the Year Award recognises exemplary young people from across the creative industry who have demonstrated the ambition and talent to make a difference in their work place.
Hannah Steele and Elijah Bligh-Briggs from the London Transport Museum were presented the awards in front of industry leaders at The Backstage Centre in Thurrock.
The pair has been recognised for their remarkable contribution to the London Transport Museum, through hard work and tenacity. Hannah Steele and Bligh-Briggs – who have now trained as Arts Award advisor – have helped 27 young volunteers achieve an Arts Award, through their coaching and support. As a result, the Arts Award qualification has been introduced into the framework of Young Volunteer Projects on London Transport Museum’s Young People’s Skills Programme.
Speaking about her time at London Transport Museum, Hannah Steele said:
“The people that work here are really supportive. If there’s anything we are interested in, we get to explore it in our work.”
She went on to advise young people who are considering becoming an apprentice:
“I’d tell anyone that was thinking about an apprenticeship to go for it. You can earn while you learn, which is a big draw. It’s just like going to work, except you get a qualification at the end of it.”
The award win comes a week before the launch of the ‘Creative Employment Programme Funded Arts Apprenticeship Programme’ during National Apprenticeship Week. A programme which has seen the College exclusively partner with Westway Trust and Gumball 3000, to offer creative employment opportunities for young people in the borough.
Date published: 9 March 2015