An apprentice duo from Hounslow scored top marks to win first place in the Spark! Network Challenge.
Hounslow council’s Gurpreet Lotay, 19, an electoral services apprentice, and Khammy Sandhu, 21, a Trading Standards apprentice, beat six other teams representing several local businesses in the contest run in partnership with Thames Water.
Miss Lotay said: “The apprenticeship gives you a great chance of not only just getting work experience, but an opportunity to get many other skills that you will need in the workplace, such as dealing with different people on all levels.
"It also gives you a great stepping stone to what you want to do in your career going forward.”
Both apprentices joined forces with ambassadors from local schools to compete to show their skills in a number of different areas.
Tomi Moronkola, internal apprenticeship coordinator at Hounslow Council said: “Once again our apprentices have proved they possess a range of sought-after skills and that they’re very capable, intelligent and talented. Well done Gurpreet and Khammy.”
Each team was tasked with demonstrating how best to troubleshoot and budget by taking part in a scenario involving the rebuilding of a new water system.
The teams had to show problem-solving skills and find a workable solution to the challenges they faced.
Hounslow’s apprentices scored maximum points in each round securing top spot in the competition.
Mr Sandhu added: “Being an apprentice here at Hounslow Council has given me confidence in myself.
"I am looking to see how best I can use the skills I have learnt already and take this into whatever I want to do next.
"It is experience that is on your CV and that is important when looking for jobs."
Councillor Sue Sampson, cabinet member for communities, said: “This is fantastic news. We’re extremely proud of all our apprentices and our apprentice scheme we run here at Hounslow council.
“I was once an apprentice myself. It’s all about being given a chance to start on the career ladder. I think it’s so important that we can give an opportunity to young people in our borough to gain experience in a real life work environment.
“The aim is to provide them with the confidence and skills to land a position for themselves at the council or go elsewhere to forge a career, having had that vital opportunity.”
Hounslow council retains many of the apprentices they take on, with around 70% securing long term employment at the council once their apprenticeship is finished.
The Skills and Employment team works alongside local businesses to find positions to help young people get employment and training opportunities.
Hounslow Council is to host an event for Year 10 to 13 students and their families on Thursday (March 17) at the Civic Centre, Lampton Road, Hounslow, in the council chambers from 4pm, as part of National Apprenticeship Week.
Places are limited, so book ahead by emailing Tomi.firstname.lastname@example.org