SANNA Shabir is a very special young woman who is making her way as a young British Asian in what has traditionally been seen largely as a man’s world.
Her exceptional qualities have earned her the accolade as “Apprentice of the Year’ at the first ever Asian Apprenticeship Awards.
She took the award at the end of a gala evening to celebrate the very best of apprentices from the British Asian community.
The awards have been established to encourage more young British Asians to take up apprenticeships. Apprentices are vital to future economic prosperity but there is an under representation of Asians taking up apprenticeships and this needs to change.
In order to inspire others the Asian Apprenticeship Awards showcase the very best apprentices from this community.
They do not come any better than Sanna who is from East London and works for Atkins Global.
“I decided to apply for a civil engineering apprenticeship role as I loved the idea of hands on learning,” said Sanna, who regularly takes her message into schools.
“Since starting at Atkins I have had an interest in inspiring other young people and have been very keen to share my story.”
Richard Hansford, NVQ Assessor at the College of North West London has no doubts about Sanna’s potential.
“Over my 10 years as an NVQ assessor she is the best candidate I have ever had and can really become a great civil engineer.”
Safaraz Ali of the Pathway Group and founder of the awards said that there could not be a better first winner.
“It is clear that in Sanna we have an exceptional young British Asian apprentice who is set for great things and will be an inspiration to others.”