More than 500 people have celebrated the best of apprentices from the British Asian community and the companies and organisations that employ them, at a special event sponsored by APM.
The second annual Asian Apprenticeship Awards took place at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham on Thursday, November 2, in front of apprentices and leaders from business and education.
Hosted by the Pathway Group, the awards recognise and celebrate the talent and diversity among apprentices within the BME Asian community, and the employers and learning providers who are reaching out to them.
APM Chief Executive Alan Cave, was delighted to announce the Apprentice of the Year winner, the showpiece award of the evening. It went to Naila Bibi from leading housing provider, Aspire Housing.
“It is brilliant that we have a talented young British Asian in Naila taking the accolade as Apprentice of the Year,” said Alan.
“I’m sure that Naila will be a great role model for young British Asians to follow and hopefully will encourage more of them to take up the great opportunity to earn and learn that an apprenticeship provides.
“As a skills and apprenticeship provider, we’re committed to developing local talent and are passionate about recognising and celebrating apprentices from all communities.”
The British Asian Community is significantly underrepresented when it comes to apprenticeships.
The Awards are intended to encourage more young people to become apprentices by recognising and raising awareness of their success, a factor that will be crucial if the Government is to meet the 20% increase it has targeted in the number of apprentices by 2020.
Isa Mutlib of the Pathway Group said: “Many of our attendees already had an idea about the current lack of apprentices, deriving from a British Asian background.
“They were familiar with the negative stigma that is attached to apprenticeships within this particular community, which makes it so important to celebrate talent and diversity wherever we can.”