We are delighted to announce that the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has agreed to support the Asian Apprenticeship Awards working together to support the campaign to increase apprenticeship diversity.
The WMCA is a collection of councils and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPS) who work together under an elected Mayor to move powers from Whitehall to the West Midlands.
The WMCA’s locally elected politicians, who know this region best, are using these new powers to help grow the economy and increase people’s prosperity through better skills, productivity, transport and housing.
The WMCA, which is chaired by the Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street, recently joined other combined authorities and Metro Mayors in committing to raising the number of apprentices from BAME communities.
The move is aimed at meeting the government’s target of increasing BAME apprentices by 20% by 2020.
The Mayor said: “We are keen to increase the number of high quality apprenticeships available across the West Midlands and ensure that all our communities are aware of, and have access to, the fantastic opportunities available.
“Across the West Midlands we want more degree and higher level apprenticeships and more apprenticeships in key growth sectors like engineering, design and digital.”
Commenting on the new partnership, Isa Mutlib, Project Director of The Asian Apprenticeship Awards said:
“Being based in the West Midlands, it’s important that we get the support of local Authorities to have influence on a National scale. The West Midlands is going through a revolution which will affect the rest of the UK and Combined Authorities play a huge role in this.
Having the WMCA supporting us strengthens our rationale and vision to promote apprenticeship diversity. We believe this is the next step in influencing organisations to bring the diversity of apprenticeships to the forefront of their agenda.”
Nominations are open for the Asian Apprenticeship Awards and end on 31st July 2018. To nominate, visit www.asianapprenticeshipawards.co.uk
Any queries, please contact Isa Mutlib on firstname.lastname@example.org