From Judging Day – Shazir Awan
THE importance of getting more Asian people to consider apprenticeships is a big issue for a woman who herself followed the traditional academic route into work.
Shazir Awan is also involved in a project to get more young women to become entrepreneurs.
“I think that it is really important to get more young apprentices from Black Minority Ethnic and Asian communities,” said Shazir, who is one of the judges for the Asian Apprenticeship Awards.
“Within Asian communities there is a focus on the traditional academic route but this is not for everyone.”
As a consequence of this she believes that a large number of young Asian people are missing out on a massive opportunity.
Her hope is that the Asian Apprenticeship Awards will not only raise awareness of but create a group of ambassadors that can spread the word within their own communities.
Commenting upon the entries she said that they demonstrated the depth of talent from young Asian apprentices.
But in addition to the benefits to young people of being able to ‘earn and learn’ Shazir also believes that there are huge benefits to companies and organisations that invest in apprentices and especially those from minority ethnic backgrounds.
“We are all stronger for our diversity,” she added.