Apprenticeships; supporting candidates and employers to better understand the opportunities available through training and skills development.


LBA is supporting both candidates and employers to better understand the opportunities available through training and skills development.

Candidates: We have access to a range of apprenticeship opportunities via our network of partner organisations.   Our team are also on hand to answer any general queries about apprenticeship programmes, who can apply and the benefits of learning on the job.

Employers:  We are currently offering apprenticeship levy consultations to our business partner organisations and would be happy to help you decipher the jargon, better understand how the levy may affect your business and how to recruit or train existing staff as apprentices.

For more information on our apprenticeship, please contact the Skills and Employment team on 020 7068 6960 or email us at

  • “The two new curricula: "Staying in Work" and "You & Your Career" are wholly complementary to "Getting a Job," and unique to the Skills to Succeed Academy. While there are a plethora of courses helping young jobseekers find work, programmes around sustaining employment and how to develop a career—especially in a challenging economic climate—are hard to find and do well. The Skills to Succeed Academy does it better than ‘well.’”

    Employability Advisor
  • “We were delighted at CMS to host a workshop introducing an enthusiastic cohort of Year 8 students from Lister Community School to the world of a law firm. The challenge was to engage the students and get them thinking about how the law impacts their lives. We prepared a schedule for the students that would allow them to interview some of our employees and prepare presentations on a variety of legal topics that have been in the public eye in recent times. The students responded excellently and it was pleasing to see their confidence grow as the workshop went on. My thanks go to ELBA's Business Action Group programme for organising the workshop and linking us together with a school from Newham, one of the key boroughs we target our volunteering programmes at.”

    Billy Dunbar
    Billy Dunbar CMS Cameron McKenna LLP (former EaGLE)
  • My mentees are an inspiration and one of the best parts of my job – their drive, honesty, sense of humour and willingness to confidently ask ‘why’ has created what feels like a positive, constructive and productive environment within our mentoring relationship.

    Stuart F. Linklaters
  • “ELBA helps to deliver our volunteer programmes across East London. The team at ELBA ensure our involvement in local community organisations is channelled in a way which targets a local need, whilst delivering effective and skills-based initiatives to support our employees to give back in a way which helps employees feel positive about their contributions. We have recently extended our support to fund additional ELBA initiatives, specifically in the Boundary estate to focus our involvement on a geographically defined area.”

    Anthony Harte
    Anthony Harte Head of Community Engagement, EMEA, Corporate Responsibility, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • “Through ELBA, we recently invited a client to join us on a volunteering activity, to great effect. Not only did we all emerge feeling rewarded having used our skills and experience to help develop others, but working together in such a different environment also improved our understanding of each other and strengthened our relationship.”

    Aled Davies
    Aled Davies Senior Manager at KPMG
  • “We need to ensure that the Olympic and Paralympic Games work for our communities in East London. It is true that we do need more jobs, but we also need people to be capable of filling them. ELBA’s London Legacy 2020 initiative will help increase the skill sets of the young people of Newham, present them with greater career opportunities and also inspire and encourage them to pursue these opportunities.”

    Sir Robin Wales
    Sir Robin Wales Mayor of Newham
  • “As a long-standing supporter of ELBA, London City Airport has been keen to engage with ELBA to deliver our shared vision for local recruitment. The Airport employs 70% of its 2000 staff from the East London Boroughs and working in partnership with ELBA and the Local Authorities, we aim to increase this further. Local employees should benefit from living close to many international businesses and London City Airport is proud to work closely with the ELBA Employment Team and Newham Workplace to deliver the Take off into Work training programme for unemployed Newham residents.”

    Richard Gooding OBE
    Richard Gooding OBE Director, London City Airport
  • “Thank you for a very enjoyable day spent with volunteers, ELBA team, and the staff and students at Rokeby School. I thought the content of the day and my fellow presenter was excellent. ELBA's contribution to each session was also excellent and underlined key attributes and competencies that we, as employers, would be seeking from the students and to which we referred in our own presentations. I'd like to say a huge thanks to the school for the hospitality they provided. I was delighted to find three students keen to stay on after school hours to listen to a re-run of my presentation, which their schedule had not otherwise enabled them to attend.   They asked some very good questions and added greatly to my enjoyment of the whole day.”

    Jonathan Gammon
    Jonathan Gammon Technical Director, Tunnelling and Earth Engineering, CH2M
  • “Based on what I learned in the Skills to Succeed Academy course, I completely reformatted my CV which generated more interest and probably got me a place on the assessment day.”

    Jobseeker and Skills to Succeed Academy participant
  • “ELBA has enabled us to connect in a more sustainable way to the local community in Tower Hamlets and their support has enabled us to really have a lasting effect on the community there.”

    Vanya Howard
    Vanya Howard Corporate Responsibility Manager, Catlin
  • “We look for individuals that are passionate about customer service and can demonstrate and understand our values. In addition, a proven background and excellent personal presentation for client facing roles is essential. If candidates can show that they really have researched and want to work for our organisation there is a fantastic career path waiting for them.”

    Vicki Moore
    Vicki Moore ISS, Recruitment Manager
  • “We recently recruited a candidate for a junior human resources role through ELBA’s recruitment service. We were looking for a candidate who was hard working, enthusiastic and also a team player. The candidate ELBA provided us with exceeded our expectations. She was a pleasure to have in the team and always had a smile on her face!”

    Ella Keefe
    Ella Keefe Head of Business Services EMEA, Macquarie Group
  • “The BIG Alliance employment team has played an integral role in Macquarie’s successful support of the London Borough of Islington. Working across our business, the employment team have identified areas where Macquarie and its suppliers can offer employment and employability opportunities to local groups and individuals, connecting with the Islington community in a simple and effective way.”

    Chris Pearce
    Chris Pearce Head of Business Services EMEA, Macquarie Group
  • “The training was a real eye opener; it has motivated me to get more experience and get out there.”

    Jobseeker and Skills to Succeed Academy participant
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