LDN: Creating opportunities for diverse talent to realise their potential
LDN Apprenticeships helps diverse talent to find jobs they love within the Salesforce ecosystem.
The team at LDN establish strong links with the companies and consultancies they work with, to make sure candidates are well-matched to the role and the company they’re going to work for. As they started working with increasing numbers of employers, it became apparent that customers wanted LDN Apprentices to come with a level of pre-existing knowledge about the Salesforce platform. In response, TalentPath was launched - an 8-week Salesforce Training programme designed in close partnership with the team at Salesforce.
Simon continues: “To create more opportunities for the brilliant people we work with, it’s important that we listen to and understand what employers are looking for. This enables us to design suitable training programmes, and to deliver the talent that our customers want.”
TalentPath is completely free of charge to participants, making it accessible to a diverse and untapped pool of talent. It incorporates Salesforce’s Trailhead Virtual Bootcamp and leads to the Admin certification. Around this, LDN have built in comprehensive information, advice and guidance, pre-assessments, mentoring support, coaching workshops and other supplementary activity to get people prepped for their exam and career ready.
The result is that TalentPath participants kickstart their journey by learning from Salesforce certified trainers and get a full understanding of what it takes to secure employment in the ecosystem.
Simon adds: “We know TalentPath is a crucial step to benefit learning and development, but it hasn’t been an easy programme to get off the ground. We’re constrained by the geographical limitations of our funding, and successfully gaining certifications can take a while.
“But we’re finding that on completion of the programme, our participants are walking into jobs and apprenticeships. While we still place untrained apprentices who show great aptitude and attitude, those who are have completed TalentPath definitely have the edge. They’re pushing on open doors which is amazing.”
Applied Learning: Skills plus Practical Application
An outstanding provision
Future-focused companies need a diverse workforce to be competitive and to foster both representation and productivity, so this is a key driver for LDN. “In our Salesforce programmes, 48% are female, 49% are from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, and 60% are under 25. We also have some older people with domain expertise who are looking to break into the Salesforce ecosystem.
“Our retention rates are amongst the best in the country at 83% and our achievement rate is more than 30% higher than the national average. We also received an Outstanding rating in our recent Ofsted inspection. But perhaps the most powerful statistic we are able to point to is our ‘positive progression rate’.
“This looks at the number of apprentices who have progressed into a positive outcome after completing their time with us. Currently, we’re seeing 94% of our apprentices either stay in their job, move to another company, or start further study. It’s clear evidence that these are life-changing experiences which see people going from knowing nothing about Salesforce, to starting lucrative and purposeful careers with great prospects.”