Two apprentices a week getting ‘foot in the door’ with Islington Council

Shane Hannon, housing repairs team apprentice. Picture: Islington Council

Shane Hannon, housing repairs team apprentice. Picture: Islington Council - Credit: Archant

Islington Council is helping two people a week into apprenticeships, new figures show.

Maria Frawley, housing repairs team apprentice. Picture: Islington Council

Maria Frawley, housing repairs team apprentice. Picture: Islington Council - Credit: Archant

Between 2012 and 2016, 400 people from Islington were assisted to secure an apprenticeship with either the council or Islington businesses which work with it.

One was 20-year-old Shane Hannon, who is six months into a two-year apprenticeship with the council housing repairs team in Upper Holloway’s Bush Industrial Estate.

Mr Hannon, who struggled at school due to dyslexia, said: “If you haven’t got good GCSEs, an apprenticeship is a great way to get your foot in the door.”

Another was 34-year-old Maria Frawley, who wanted a change in career after working with young people. With the council’s apprenticeships not exclusive to younger candidates, she also joined the housing repairs team and said: “I’ve always loved learning. The prospect of getting another qualification makes me so happy.”

For more information about becoming an apprentice, email youthemploymentteam@islington.gov.uk or call 0207 527 3559.