Young apprentices visit the mayor's parlour

Published: 23 March 2016

The deputy mayor of Wandsworth, Cllr Leslie McDonnell, has hosted a lunch for local apprentices and their employers to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week.

The week, co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, celebrates apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

Lunch guests included young people who found apprenticeships through the council’s Lifelong Learning Team, and through South Thames College.

They included Shaawaar Madhani, who has secured an apprenticeship with the Youth Offending Team with help from Wandsworth Lifelong Learning. She said:

"I now know I can work in a real office environment and apply the things I learnt at college. I will stand a much greater chance of securing a job as not only is my CV enhanced but I have gained really useful work experience."

Aaliyah Geddes’s18-month apprenticeship at Style Lounge hairdressers in Old York Road, Wandsworth was organised through South Thames College. She said:

"I feel I have learnt more things quicker than at I did at college - and it really helps with your confidence facing real clients in the salon"

The Deputy Mayor said: “Meeting these young people and their employers, and staff from the council and South Thames College teams who made it happen, has been a real pleasure.

“Apprenticeships are a great way into the world of work. I hope employers in Wandsworth consider offering them to young people and that the borough’s young job seekers make the most of the schemes on offer to help them secure a place.

If you are an employer interested in offering an apprenticeship to a young person, or a young person looking for an apprenticeship opportunity, visit

In addition, apprenticeship opportunities are offered via the council’s Work Match scheme. Find out about Work Match, other apprenticeship providers and employment support at