MORE than 500 people have celebrated the best of apprentices from the British Asian community and the companies and organisations that employ them.

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.

More than 20 awards were presented to apprentices and employers.

The Apprentice of the Year was Naila Biba from Aspire Housing who also won the Financial, Legal and Professional Services Category.

A special award was made to Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service, in recognition of her overall contrbution to apprenticeships.

Charlie Mullins, who left school at the age of 15, to take up a plumbing apprenticeship and has since gone on to become Britain’s first millionaire plumber, was the keynote speaker.

The hosts were broadcaster and journalist Suzi Mann and Kasim Choudhry, Director of ThinkFest Events and the entertainment was provided by comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli, singer Nasa Munir and The Band Baja.


Founded by Safaraz Ali, the Awards are intended to encourage more young people from the British Asian Community to become apprentices. This important community is under represented when it comes to apprenticeships.

The awards support the Government’s target of increasing the number of apprentices by 20 per cent by 2020.

At the core of the awards is the contribution they make by raising awareness, celebrating success and inspiring others.

The Awards were sponsored by organisations from business, education and training and the military. Headline sponsor was the global training provider APM.

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The full list of winners are:


Financial, Legal and Professional Services

Sponsor: BMET

Apprentice: Naila Bibi of Aspire Hosuing

Employer: Societe Generale


Health, Medical and Social Care

Sponsor: Learning Curve Group

Apprentice: Neelam Rahman of Spamedica

Employer: Derbyshire Care Services


Retail, Hospitality and Tourism

Sponsor: ICQ

Apprentice: Mehreen Ayub of Admiral Recruitment

Employer: Sparkbrook Pharmacy


Charity, Voluntary Organisations and Public Services

Sponsor: Royal Air Force

Apprentice: Arandeep Pannu of Wolverhampton Council

Employer: Barnardos ETS Yorkshire



Sponsor: Dudley College

Apprentice: Deve Shokar of DMA Mechanical & Air Conditioning

Employer: K10 Apprenticeships


Engineering and Manufacturing

Sponsor: In Comm Training

Apprentice: Kiran Samra of Rolls Royce

Employer: Siemens


Creative and Digital

Sponsor: Jisc

Apprentice: Asif Rahman of DigiLab

Employer: BT Group plc


Transport and Logistics

Sponsor: The National Skills Academy

Apprentice: Asad Ali of Certas Energy UK

Employer: Euro car Parts


Small Employer of the Year

Sponsor: Severn Trent Water

Winner: Market Street Health Group


Large Employer of the Year

Sponsor: Collab Group

Winner: Ryder


School or Academy of the Year

Sponsor: NOCN

Winner: Cardinal Newman Secondary School


Learning Provider of the Year

Sponsor: AELP

Winner: Nova Training


Overall Contribution to Apprenticeships

Sponsor: The Pathway Group

Winner: Sue Husband of ESFA


Apprentice of the Year

Sponsor: APM

Winner: Naila Bibi


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