High achieving British Asian Apprentices, their employers and training providers celebrated last Thursday at the fourth annual Asian Apprenticeship Awards.

Khaliqa Amani was named as the Apprentice of the Year. A British National who spent most of her life in Pakistan, Khaliqa applied for the HSBC apprenticeship when she was unable to get funding to secure her place at medical school. Since completing her apprenticeship in just eight months she has secured two major promotions and now works at HSBC UK Head office in Birmingham as a Wealth Insights Proposition Manager. She is also an Apprenticeship Ambassador. Her success in the workplace enabled her to buy her first home aged just 21, and to support her siblings and her mother.

PTP Training was named as Training Provider of the year. With its origins in the Chamber of Commerce, PTP Training is one of the largest independent training providers in the Midlands. The company offers short courses, qualifications and apprenticeships in care, engineering, retail, hospitality accountancy and management.

Isa Mutlib is the Director of the Asian Apprenticeship Awards. He commented: “The awards are in the fourth year and the quality of entries gets higher each year. The Awards celebrate the brightest and best British Asian Apprentices and the commitment of their employers and learning providers.

“We hope we have encouraged more young British Asians to consider apprenticeships, and more employers to provide opportunities to benefit from the skills that apprentices bring. We are grateful to our headline sponsor, the Royal Air Force, for their support in running the event.”

From over 300 nominations, awards were presented in 7 sector categories, 2 employer categories and the overall Learning Provider of the Year. Nearly 500 people attended the event which was hosted by Suzi Mann and comedian Eshaan Akbar. Entertainment was provided by Aston Performing Arts Academy. Guest speakers included Jasmine Kundra, from last year’s BBC The Apprentice line up and Iasha Masood from this year’s series, alongside the overall Asian Apprentice of the Year 2018 Marjana Uddin and Shakil Butt from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

The full winners list is as follows:

Judges’ Choice Award and overall Apprentice of the Year – Khaliqa Amani, HSBC

Finance, Legal & Professional Services category

Winning Apprentice    Shamaila Khalid, Ernst & Young LLP

Winning Employer      Arvato CRM Solutions UK

Health, Medical & Social Care category

Winning Apprentice    Ahmar Iqbal, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Winning Employer      PBL Care

Retail, Hospitality & Tourism category

Winning Apprentice    Ahmed Alkhkfaji, Blade Barber Shop

Winning Employer      Travis Perkins

Charity, Voluntary Organisations & Public Services category

Winning Apprentice    Nardesh – Samra Burhm, Babington

Winning Employer

Construction Services category

Winning Apprentice    Alyssia Samra, HS2

Winning Employer      NG Bailey

Engineering & Manufacturing category

Winning Apprentice    Aamir Adam, Siemens

Winning Employer      Bombardier Transportation

Creative & Digital category

Winning Apprentice    Ismail Abdul Ghafoor, HM Revenue & Customs

Winning Employer      Facebook

Learning Provider of The Year – PTP Training

Small, Medium Employer of the Year – BootCamp Media

Large Employer of the Year – Lloyds Banking Group




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