OMAR Zamir is a young man with a huge determination to succeed despite being profoundly deaf.
It is his commitment that has earned him the accolade as the top British Asian apprentice in the first ever Asian Apprenticeship Awards.
He 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.
Omar works for ELDS Blackburn as a chef and has been learning his trade over the past three years.
His tutors say that despite having to communicate through an interpreter he has learned not only to cook a full menu but has integrated with his colleagues and also started to help to teach other young chefs.
Omar is described by his course tutor Jason Slater as an exceptional and positive student who always wants to produce the best dishes.
“I am surprised and delighted to get the award and my ambition is to travel the world working as a chef,” said Omar.
Safaraz Ali of the Pathway Group and founder of the Asian Apprenticeship Awards said that Omar sets a superb example.
“He is a young man with great ability who is determined to succeed despite being deaf and is an inspiration to other young British Asians.”