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Unity Works Apprenticeship Awards 2018

In early October, we came together to celebrate the achievements of our apprentices and trainees at our annual apprenticeship awards at our flagship social enterprise in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
This innovative scheme which trains people with a learning disability in catering and hospitality, has seen 71 apprentices pass through its doors since 2011. The scheme has a 90 % completion rate with 71% of former apprentices moving on into paid work.

A total of 6 apprentices from across our social enterprises graduated and a further 16 trainees received a series of awards including NVQ Level 1 & 2. Across the last 12 months, apprentices and trainees have worked to have developed the essential skills required in the careers of their choice. Some have chosen to focus on customer service whilst others demonstrated their culinary flair; all essential ingredients to ensure customers are happy and that the apprentices achieve their catering and hospitality qualifications.

Graeme Whippy, MBE and Disability Specialist for Channel 4, presented the apprentices and trainees with their certificates whilst former apprentices Alex Folkes and Laurence Cahn spoke about their careers following their apprenticeships. Attendees also watched an interview film with graduating apprentice, Ellie Dzik-Jurasz, where she spoke more about her new role at Peter Jones.

About our Apprenticeship Programme
The Camden Society’s Unity Works programmes support people to prepare for work, secure employment and progress their careers. We believe that everyone can work and has the right to enjoy all the financial, social and health benefits that result from having paid employment.

Unity Kitchen is the Camden Society’s hospitality social enterprise. Our purpose is to provide on the job training opportunities, apprenticeships and jobs. We have 8 cafes across London including Unity Kitchen Timber Lodge in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

For more information about our apprenticeship and training scheme get in touch with Milly Wheeler at milly.wheeler@thecamdensociety.co.uk or on 020 7485 8177