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Southwark wins London Borough Apprenticeship awards

Erika Grudinskyte, a former Southwark apprentice who now manages a team of eight in the specialist housing services department, has won the ‘Best progression’ award at the 2015 London Borough Apprenticeship Awards.

Erika joined the council’s apprenticeship scheme in 2011 after being made redundant elsewhere. She began work in the call centre whilst also attending college and completing an NVQ as part of her apprenticeship. Erika was then offered a job in the service charge collections team where she stayed until securing a promotion to manage a Support and Facilitations team earlier this year.

Cllr Peter John, who presented Erika with the award in his role as London Councils’ Executive member for children, skills and employment, said: “Erika’s story should be an inspiration for anyone considering an apprenticeship, demonstrating how commitment and hard work really can pay off, and give you a foot on the ladder to an excellent career. We're really proud of all she has achieved, and for winning this prestigious award in the face of some stiff competition. Well done Erika!”

Erika said: “I didn’t expect to win and I am delighted. Hard work is really recognised at the council, and I’m grateful to my managers who helped to push me in the right direction. Lots of people think an apprenticeship is a last resort but I’d say don’t knock it until you try it. Being an apprentice helped me get back on my feet when I was desperately looking for work, and I haven’t looked back since.”

Gerri Scott, Strategic Director Housing & Community Services, said: “I am extremely proud of everything that Erika has achieved, and for the fantastic support she has had from her managers. I am really delighted to hear this news and am so happy for her.”

We're committed to helping all our residents grasp the opportunities available to them through education, training or employment. We offer a Youth Guarantee that anyone leaving school will have something positive to go on to, whether it's an apprenticeship, a college place or a job.

We were also runner up in the Awards’ “best work with supply chain and small business” category, demonstrating our commitment to supporting local businesses.


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