The 29th November saw nearly 500 people from across the UK gather at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham to celebrate talent and diversity at the 2018 Asian Apprenticeship Awards.
Recognising the opportunities apprenticeships offer to people of all ages as well as business, the Asian Apprenticeship Awards aim to demonstrate and encourage the range of talent, diversity, hard work and professional prospects within the Asian community.
Following APM’s sponsorship of the awards in 2017, we were proud to be back again this year supporting the Health, Medical & Social Care category, where our Chief Executive, Alan Cave, presented awards for employer and Apprentice of the Year. Members of the APM team were there to show their support and to celebrate the talent and achievements of all those nominated, alongside headline sponsors the Royal Air Force, a wide range of employers including Severn Trent, Bombardier, BAE Systems, HSBC, BBC, Costain Group, NHS, BT and Jaguar Land Rover, and the many colleges and learning providers supporting both employers and apprentices on their programmes.
Awards were presented in eight section categories, with two employer categories and the overall Learning Provider of the Year Award. The guest speaker of the event was Jasmine Kundra – a learning and development professional from this year’s BBC programme, The Apprentice – who spoke passionately about the need to empower and encourage young people to continue to learn from all experiences life brings.
Over 300 nominations were received across the categories, and it was Ahmed Munshi of BAE Systems who was ultimately named Apprentice of the Year. Based in Preston, Ahmed is in his penultimate year of a Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management. Successfully mentoring nine school and college students alongside his work and studies, Ahmed was chosen by the judges as a real role model not only in his company, but in his community as well. Despite the initial pressure from his parents to take a traditional path to university, Ahmed was confident that the combination of balanced academic qualifications and work would be the right choice for him.
Congratulations to all those nominated, and to Isa and the Pathway Group team for another fantastic event!
To see the full list of winners, please visit: asianapprenticeshipawards.co.uk