A COMBINATION of surprise and pleasure was the reaction of Washwood Heath Academy at having its success recognised at the first ever Asian Apprenticeship Awards.
Washwood Heath Academy has only been training apprentices for two years but it has impressed the judges enough to become the first School or Academy of the Year.
Heather McLochlan from the Academy said that she was delighted with the award and was pleased to point out that the Academy has already sent one apprentice to University.
The Academy 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.
Safaraz Ali of the Pathway Group and founder of the Asian Apprenticeship Awards said that schools play a very big part in helping young people to become successful apprenticeships.
“I am delighted to recognise the success of Washwood Heath Academy and the important work that they do,” said Safaraz Ali.