Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) apprentice, Shamima Miah is celebrating today after receiving national recognition for her outstanding workplace contributions.
Apprentices from all over the country were invited with their employers and learning providers to compete for 22 different awards at the inaugural Asian Apprenticeship Awards, held at Birmingham’s Holiday Inn on Thursday 10 November 2016. Shamima, aged 22 from Burslem, was announced overall winner of the ‘Voluntary, Charity Organisations and Public Services’ category, after being shortlisted alongside two other candidates.
Shamima, who originally studied for an Extended Diploma in Art and Design at NULC chose to pursue the apprenticeship pathway instead of progressing to university and is now in the process of completing her Level 3 Early Years Practitioner (Educator) qualification whilst working at St. Wilfrid’s Catholic Academy in Tunstall.
Said Shamima: “Circumstances meant that I could not go on to university after completing my initial course at NULC and this made me re-think my options. I chose the apprenticeship route after undertaking research and obtaining advice. My journey has been one of ups and downs, but I have learned so much during my apprenticeship and it is great to see how the theories I learn in college are applied practically in the school. I am so proud of my achievement and truly feel that the world is my oyster.”
Work Based Learning Team Manager from Newcastle-under-Lyme College, Nicola Warburton nominated Shamima for the award having followed her journey over the last 2 years. Said Nichola: “Shamima thoroughly deserves her award win. She has come such a long way since starting her apprenticeship journey, consistently showing determination, commitment and dedication. She is a positive role model for her peers and a much valued team member both in the classroom at NULC and in the workplace, so much so that she has secured permanent employment with St. Wilfrid’s Catholic Academy once her apprenticeship completes. We are very proud of everything she has accomplished and wish her every success for her very bright future.”
Jane Tunnicliff, Head of Employer Engagement and Work-Based Learning at Newcastle-under-Lyme College, said: “I’m delighted that Shamima has been recognised for her outstanding contributions during her apprenticeship. She is a shining example of how work-based training is a successful alternative to traditional academic study and how this route can benefit young people, employers and their wider workforce.”
The Asian Apprenticeship Awards aim to showcase the range of talent and hard work within the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) group – promoting apprenticeships as a viable alternative to more academic career routes in the BME communities. The awards website states: “With the expansion of higher and degree apprenticeships there’s more opportunity than ever before for young people and it’s our ambition that it will become the norm for young people to choose between an apprenticeship or university on an equal basis.”
Newcastle-under-Lyme College offers a range of apprenticeships in various industries including accounting, business, construction, early years, engineering, hair and beauty, health and social care and sport. If you are interested in becoming an apprentice visit www.nulc.ac.uk/apprenticeships.
Newcastle-under-Lyme College works with over 500 employers across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire to provide quality and cost effective work-based training which benefits the local economy. For more information visit www.nulc.ac.uk/employers.