St Mungo’s won a Gold Award for Apprenticeship Programme of the Year in the Learning and Performance Institute’s Learning Awards 2018. These prestigious industry awards were presented at the Dorchester Hotel, London, on 1 February.

One of the unique aspects of St Mungo’s apprenticeship programme is that it is exclusively for people with lived experience. It has a rigorous interview and selection process ensuring there is a pool of passionate and committed apprentices with the potential to succeed in a permanent role and go on to directly help and support clients in need. The programme is life changing for the apprentices and enables people to gain experience, qualifications and employment with St Mungo’s or other companies in the homelessness sector.

Speaking at the awards, LPI CEO, Edmund Monk, said:

“Tonight, we congratulate every one of the Finalists who have been selected from a highly competitive pool of entries from across the globe. The individuals and organisations recognised here are inspirations to us all and deserve the fullest praise for their achievements. As tonight’s achievements demonstrate, opportunities abound for all of us to forge a bright future for the organisations we represent. Our time is now.”

Helen Giles, Executive Director of People and Governance, St Mungo’s said:

“We are proud of our team who have done an amazing amount of work over the past year to make major improvements to the Apprenticeship Scheme aimed at ensuring that our clients have the very best chance of sustaining their employment in the long term after the more intensive support available during the apprenticeship period has been withdrawn. Our Apprenticeship Scheme has won many awards over the years, but thanks to the team, St Mungo’s and our apprentices are reaping the rewards of the scheme being the best it has ever been.  Really well done to our apprentice; Amaryllis and Apprentice Co-ordinator Jo for doing a stunning presentation to the panel to demonstrate the real impact of our apprenticeships”.

Jo, Apprentice Co-ordinator said:

“I am really pleased that our Apprenticeship Programme has won the recognition worthy of this award. Apprenticeships at St Mungo’s are the start of a person’s career and our programme can be life changing for the apprentices, who are taking their first step in their chosen field”.

Over the last decade, the scheme has supported almost 200 people to gain the confidence, work experience and qualifications to support them into employment.

The Learning and Performance Institute (LPI) is a global organisation committed to raising the standards of professionalism within workplace learning and its associated industries.