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1625ip apprenticeship scheme shines bright

Friday 20 May 2016

1625 Independent People named 'Medium Employer of the Year' in Bristol Post & Bath Chronicle Apprentice Awards 2016

1625ip is the only charity to win an Apprenticeship Award this year amidst strong competition from private and public sector organisations. The award is recognition of 1625ip's investment in providing opportunities for young people to succeed and achieve positive outcomes. The apprenticeship scheme provides real benefits for the charity and the apprentices themselves. We are proud of our commitment, growing our apprenticeship offering across the charity over the last five years.

As 1625ip Operations Director Dawn Taylor explains: 
"Our central ethos is to involve young people at every level of the organisation and help them reboot their lives, 'not about me without me', and this informs everything we do from recruitment to governance. For us just being here and referring young people on isn’t enough,  we want the organisation itself to be a vehicle towards independence and so offering them targeted opportunities in our own organisation is key."
We have worked hard to ensure that our apprenticeships are accessible to all young people, including care leavers and others who have accessed our services themselves.

Current and former 1625ip apprentices Josh Seddon, Billie Mae Rogers, Hetty Mifflin-Graham, Marek Kondratowicz and 1625ip CEO DOM Wood collecting the award. Photo courtesy of Bristol Post.

We currently employ four apprentices - two in our Big Lottery Funded Cash Pointers team, supporting young people to make the most of their money; one in our Future 4 Me team, also Big Lottery Funded, supporting care leavers to access services and opportunities; and one in our Building Support and Maintenance team.

Former 1625ip apprentice Marek Kondratowicz was also shortlisted from hundreds of apprentices across the region as 'Health, Education and Care Apprentice of the Year'. Marek has made an invaluable contribution to the charity during his time as an apprentice and has now gone on to be employed as a permanent member of staff.

This year's award winners were announced at a glittering awards ceremony at the Bristol Marriott on Thursday 19 May. The awards were presented by BBC Points West's Alex Lovell.

Congratulations to all of last night's winners and those shortlisted, these awards have really showcased the quality of local apprenticeship provision. Huge thanks go to the Bristol Post and Bath Chronicle for organising, to the Marriott Bristol for hosting and to Renishaw and the other sponsors for their support. And most of all, thank you to our wonderful apprentices past and present for all that they bring to 1625ip.

1625ip Cash Pointers Apprentice, Billie Mae Rogers said: 
"My role as an apprentice is really beneficial for the charity; we work with vulnerable young people, me being a young person too makes it easier for them to relate to me. It's a really good experience, it's helped me to gain new perspectives, build communication skills and boost my confidence"

Chief Executive of 1625ip, Dom Wood said:
" We are currently in the midst of a homelessness crisis, with 80,000 young people being faced with homelessness every year in the UK. The research tells us that it is employment that gets young people out of homelessness, so how could we not offer apprenticeships? Apprenticeships work as a means for young people to enter employment and develop their skills and experience.  Winning this award means the world to us an employer but this success is down to our apprentices; they are the inspiration for many of the young people we support.” 

1625ip Partnerships Director, Jamie Gill said: 
"The award is testament to great partnership working with our colleagues at SGS College and the support of the Big Lottery Fund, and just goes to show what can be achieved when different sectors work together. It builds on our achievements having won UK Best Charity Project 2015 for our Big Lottery Funded project  “Future 4 Me” which helps to increase opportunities and life chances for young people leaving care. We know that partnership working is the way forward and are keen to hear from any businesses who are interested in working with us to increase the opportunities available to young people."

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Tia Psihogios, Funding and Communication Officer
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