100 young employees

a17DI 4235 0027 - Keith Emmit PhSydney Milner and Holly Coleman are our latest new apprentices and their recruitment means we have employed 100 young people since taking on the management of Platform youth hub in 2011. In an additional milestone, over 50% of our employees are now aged 16-25.

Holly, now our bookings coordinator said: “I decided to do an apprenticeship as I thought it would lead me in the right direction. It means that I can learn while earning, and thought this was best for me. The reason I picked Isledon is very significant to me. I spent all of my childhood in Rose Bowl youth centre, and my four sisters attended, as well as my parents. So being able to work with Rose Bowl, and see it grow and expand as a youth club, means a lot to me.”

Sydney, now our finance assistant said: “When I saw the apprenticeship with Isledon I decided to apply as, growing up, I often visited Lift youth hub and it seemed safe and welcoming. Throughout my time in school I can remember people who worked in both Lift and Platform visiting my school and telling us about the different types of activities available, to not only the people who live in Islington but to anyone else who was interested.”

Holly, Cllr Shaikh, Darshna, Sydney and Damien, our head of operations

Holly, Cllr Shaikh, Darshna, Sydney and Damien, our head of operations

These latest two posts were arranged with the help of Islington Council’s iWork Youth Employment Team and Darshna Dhokia their apprentice development officer . Cllr Asima Shaikh, who is lead member for apprenticeship development for Islington, dropped in to Platform to congratulate Sydney and Holly and find out first-hand how they are getting on.

She said: “It was a pleasure to meet Sydney and Holly as they settled into their first jobs, and inspiring to hear their stories. Their dedication and work ethic shone through – and I’m sure they will get the chance to excel themselves. I am really proud of our apprentice development programme, which offers young people the support they need to start carving out successful, rewarding careers”

Cllr Asima Shaikh meets Holly and Sydney

Cllr Asima Shaikh meets Holly and Sydney

Isledon’s other young employees include duty managers, meet-and-greeters, customer service assistants, catering staff, ushers, lighting and sound engineers, recreation assistants, gym instructors, youth workers and young advisors. Young people are contributing as employees to every area of the business, from facility operation to policy development, and they bring fresh insight into everything we do. For most it’s their first experience of the working world and a stepping stone to other things. They move on with a good reference, a first paid job on their CV and some real experience of the working world.

 

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