Winner 2016 : ELDS Blackburn
A GROUP that works with young deaf people to help them gain apprenticeships has had its work recognised.
The East Lancashire Deaf Society won the Employer award in the Charity, Voluntary Organisations and Public Services category at the first ever Asian Apprenticeship Awards.
It offers a range of apprenticeships for young people aged between 16 and 24 years.
“At the moment we have 20 apprentices,” said Michael Stead of ELDS Blackburn.
“We are extremely proud and humbled to be recognised for our involvement, as both employer and learning provider, in supporting the BME Asian community.”
ELDS Blackburn 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 organisations like ELDS Blackburn do important work.
“It is excellent that young British Asian people who are deaf are being helped in this way to build careers through apprenticeships,” said Safaraz Ali.