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Dedicated learning providers are encouraged to enter their talented apprentices and themselves in this year Asian Apprenticeship Awards.

This is the third year that the Awards have been held, celebrating the talent and diversity of British Asian Apprentices, their employers and learning providers. Last year’s event attracted over 200 entries, culminating in a spectacular awards event in Birmingham, where apprentices were recognised for their contribution and talent.

This year the headline sponsor is the Royal Air Force. A leading trainer of apprentices, the Royal Air Force has 2,500 people undergoing apprenticeships in more than 20 different disciplines and has a 99% pass rate.

Isa Mutlib is the Award Project Director. He commented: “I am really pleased that we are launching the 2018 Awards. We aim to celebrate and showcase the best of British Asian Apprentices and the people that employ and train them. In doing this, we hope that we will encourage more young British Asians to consider apprenticeships, and more employers to provide opportunities to benefit from the skills that apprentices bring.”

Nominations are now open for British Asian Apprentices, their Employers and Learning Providers in the following categories:

  • Finance, Legal and Professional Services
  • Retail, Hospitality and Tourism
  • Charity, Voluntary and Public Services
  • Construction
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Health, Medical and Social Care
  • Transport and Logistics
  • Creative and Digital

Plus three further categories:

  • Small/Medium Enterprise of the year
  • Large Business of the year
  • Learning Provider of the year

Nominations end on 31 July 2018 and shortlists will be announced on 3rd October 2018. For details and entry forms click here.

The gala dinner and awards presentation takes place on 29 November 2018 at Edgbaston Stadium Birmingham.

About The Asian Apprenticeship Awards: Launched in early 2016 following a report by the then Business Secretary Sajid Javid MP which set a target to increase BAME diversity of apprenticeships by 20% by 2020. Alongside the support of the RAF, we are delighted to have retained the support of sponsors Birmingham Metropolitan College, awarding bodies NOCN and ICQ, Severn Trent plc and The Association of Employment and Learning Providers. We have also retained the support of the Confederation of Business Industry (CBI), WorldSkills UK, Learning and Work Institute, FE News and Asian Today.

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