AN apprenticeship is not just an opportunity to earn and learn but often leads to a permanent job.
This has proved to be the case for 22-year-old Shamima Miah who works with early years children at St Wilfrid’s Academy in Stoke-on-Trent.
Her high standard of work and commitment has earned her respect and admiration both from her tutors and colleagues and also resulted in her winning the Charity, Voluntary Organisations and Public Services Category 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.
She is described as: ‘A positive role model for her peers and a much valued member of both the college class and in the workplace. She also strives for excellence, working to high standards in all that she does, showing outstanding delivery of the Early Years Curriculum.’
Shamima took up her apprenticeship after being unable to fulfil her plans to go to University but she has grabbed the opportunity that this has provided with both hands.
She says that taking an apprenticeship rather than going to University has helped her to understand how education works in practice rather than theory and has opened up many opportunities.
Safaraz Ali of the Pathway Group founder of the Asian Apprenticeship Awards says that Shamima’s experience shows that becoming an apprentice opens many doors.
“Many people are starting to appreciate the benefits of apprenticeships with the opportunity to combine earning with learning as opposed to the more traditional University education,” said Safaraz Ali.