As one of the first Business Improvement Districts to hire an apprentice, Brixton BID is keen to promote the business benefits of hiring an apprentice.
Local employer Calvin Rattray of Hype Coiffure spoke of the pride he and his staff have experienced through employing apprentices and seeing them develop their skills. Hype Coiffure apprentice Chanel Anderson was named Newcomer of the Year in last year’s Black Beauty magazine hair awards. She said “Completing my apprenticeship is the most rewarding thing I have ever faced. I feel really special that they have taken me on and I value my job even more seeing the time people put in. I’ve seen my progression and people helped get me there.”
Dominic Owumi, apprentice for the Brixton Pound said “It gave me the freedom to develop confidence to speak to people. I can help run events and open and close the shop now.”
The event was closed by local MP Chuka Umunna, who said “what better way to arm kids with the life skills they need” He also pointed out that some apprenticeships are now the equivalent of a degree, but without the financial commitment of tuition fees.
Lambeth College is holding an apprenticeship conference on Saturday 25 June.