Winner 2016 : Kam Penglin
A YOUNG British Asian woman has demonstrated what an apprenticeship can do to help with promotion.
Kam Penglin has completed her level four apprenticeship and is now embarked on a level five Higher Apprenticeship in Management.
It is a commitment that has resulted in Kam being appointed as Business Development Director in the Midlands for her employer the Babington Group in Derby.
Her success has also been recognised with her winning the Financial, Legal and Professional Services category at the first ever Asian Apprenticeship Awards.
She 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.
Kam joined the Babington Group in January 2013 and decided to take up an apprenticeship to increase her knowledge and enable her to do a better job for clients.
She also has a role within her business as an ambassador and role model for other apprentices.
“I am delighted but completely surprised and shocked,” said Kam on hearing of her success.
But Safaraz Ali of the Pathway Group and founder of the Asian Apprenticeship Awards believes that Kam’s story sends out an important message.
“Too many people still think of apprenticeships as something for engineering and manufacturing but Kam shows that they are just as relevant in professional services,” said Safaraz Ali.