The Asian Apprenticeship Awards 2017 Newsletter #1

Welcome to the first ever newsletter for The Asian Apprenticeship Awards – what a really crazy past few months it has been since the inaugural awards.

I’m Isa, Project Director for The Asian Apprenticeship Awards. It is a privilege to be writing up this newsletter about a cause which is very important for us all in the current climate we live in today. As I write my first piece, we are witnessing the most important period most certainly in the last few decades, the triggering of Article 50 signalling the process of exiting Europe and the start of the apprenticeship levy next week. So, as my first post, it’s fair to say that this will be a memorable one. But, this is all about the wonder that happened at the Asian Apprenticeship Awards in November 2016 and what’s to come.

On the evening of 10th November 2016, Thinkfest, the organisers of the Asian Apprenticeship Awards held a spectacular event to celebrate the very best British Asian apprentices, their learning providers and employers. For those who want to relive the 2016 awards, we have now got a dedicated YouTube Channel which has all the recordings from the first awards. To watch, click here.


We would like to thank our headline sponsors CareTech and category sponsors Birmingham Metropolitan College, Semta, City Training Services, Learning Curve Group, Dudley College, Offermoments, Spearhead eLearning, World of Learning, Severn Trent and AELP for their support for the 2016 awards. Without having the backing of such key sponsors, we would not have been able to hold such a fantastic awards and gala dinner.

We are now delighted to share that the Asian Apprenticeship Awards will be held again on Thursday 7th November 2017 at Edgbaston Cricket Ground. This year we aim to go above and beyond the high bar we set in 2016. We will once again be bringing in some great entertainment and another 4-course tasty meal to celebrate the very best of Asian Apprentices, their employers and their learning providers.

This year, we are grateful to be sharing the news of our newest sponsors for 2017. They are:

  • APM (Headline Sponsor)- a mainstream training provider working with people of all ages all over the UK including those with physical and mental disabilities that make it harder for them to find work. The company also works on offender rehabilitation programmes.
  • Birmingham Metropolitan College (Greater Birmingham Professional Services Academy) – a Midland’s based Further and Higher Education College with several campuses
  • Severn Trent Water – suppliers to eight million people with almost two billion litres of water, every day.
  • Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) – a National trade association representing providers involved in skills and employment deliver, responding to the needs of employers, learners and the local community.
  • NOCN – a leading awarding organisation and top three Government-approved Apprenticeship Assessment Organisation (AAO) that has been creating opportunities for students and learners for nearly 30 years.

We will be announcing some more sponsors very soon. All sponsors are strong investors in diversity of apprenticeships and we welcome their support for this year.

And that’s what it is all about – celebrating the very best talent and diversity of apprentices found within the British Asian community. More importantly, when we spoke to most of our attendees from last year, there was sense of urgency to bring action. We are now working very closely with organisations to use the awards as a platform for reaching out to ethnic minority communities to promote the value of apprenticeships. More information on this will be shared with you in future newsletters.

However, what we can share with you is a success from the winners and finalists of the 2016 awards. We were approached by the Skills Funding Agency to nominate three apprentices to join the apprentice panel for Institute for Apprenticeships. All three were successfully accepted and we can announce that they are: Kam Penglin of Babington Group (Front middle), Sanna Shabir of Atkins Global (Front row second from the left) and Heeran Basi of Severn Trent (Back row first from the left).

Apprentice Panel

But at this point, you’re probably wondering how you can nominate someone? Well…..here is the nomination form! It’s a simple form online with guidelines on how to fill it out. You can also download the form and send it right back to us. Deadline is the 15th September 2017 so be quick because September will be round in no time.


Finally, the success of any project, venture, business, event…you name it cannot be done without your support. If you can support us, we welcome you to share your thoughts and suggestions with us.


With very best regards,

Isa Mutlib

Project Director for The Asian Apprenticeship Awards