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Hackney Council's design apprentice scoops top prize at awards

21-year-old Thaddaeus Brown is on an early track to success, having been named London Council’s Apprentice of the Year 2018, for his creative contribution to Hackney Council’s Design team.

The trainee has been celebrated with an award acknowledging his attention to detail and dedication to his profession, with Thaddaeus selected from a competitive group of high-achieving apprentices from across the capital.

Thaddaeus, who is from Hackney made a big impression working in the Council’s Design team where he delivered high quality content for service areas across the organisation on major borough-wide campaigns, including the successful summer apprenticeship recruitment campaign.

As an apprentice, Thaddaeus contributed in team meetings and gained extensive hands-on experience to complement his college studies working towards gaining a Level 3 Junior Content Producer qualification.

The award was based on direct feedback from those who have worked with Thaddaeus, including Employment Pathways Programme Manager Alex Jacobs.

Thaddaeus has been a great champion for apprenticeships, putting himself forward for video interviews, photoshoots, and speaking to young people at various events about the benefits of apprenticeships.
Employment Pathways Programme Manager Alex Jacobs

The award ceremony, run by London Councils which represents the 32 boroughs and the City of London, was held at Saddlers Hall on Friday 28 September 2018.

I’m surprised to have won as I really wasn’t expecting it. I couldn’t have done it without the brilliant support from the Design team and dedicated apprenticeship support.

“I’ve learnt so much, not only about design but also other skills like how to be a team player and managing my time effectively. This apprenticeship has helped me to understand what I want to do in the future and I would recommend anyone considering going down the apprenticeship route, to go for it. Practical experience within an any industry will do wonders for you.
Thaddaeus Brown, Design Apprentice

Now in their eighth year, the prestigious awards recognise the excellence of apprentices working across local government in the Capital in a range of sectors including housing, finance, regeneration, and waste and recycling.

Cllr Carole Williams, Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Human Resources
This is an incredible achievement for both Thaddaeus and the Council’s apprenticeship programme that started last year during National Apprenticeship Week . We set out to deliver a quality apprenticeship programme and I'm over the moon that our apprentices are receiving the recognition they so rightly deserve.

Thaddaeus' apprenticeship may have ended on the same day he received his award but it's incredibly good news that he has decided that he wants to continue his career at the Council. I hope that his career goes from strength to strength and his success inspires more local people to consider an apprenticeship with us.
Cllr Carole Williams, Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Human Resources

To find out more about current/upcoming apprenticeship vacancies visit: https://hackneyworks.hackney.gov.uk/apprenticeships

Notes to editors:

Over 100 apprentices are currently employed by the council and all earn at least the London Living Wage.

Hackney Council was named 'Top Employer - Public Sector - at School Leaver Awards 2018, based on direct, anonymous feedback from our apprentices.

Our apprenticeships vary from Level 2 to 7 in areas including ICT, Design, Youth Work, Administration, Legal, Finance, and Housing.