The 2020 BAME Apprenticeship Awards
We are so proud that not only is WhiteHat a finalist in the Learning Provider of the Year category at this year’s BAME Apprenticeship Awards but that six of our apprentices from across our community are also finalists in three different categories. There were over 300 nominations nationally, so this is a huge achievement!
WhiteHat are on a mission to develop diverse future leaders and therefore it’s incredibly important to us that all professionals from all backgrounds, and at any stage in their career, have access to the opportunities and learnings they need to thrive in their chosen field. Following the government's target to increase by 20% the participation in apprenticeship by individuals from underrepresented ethnic minority backgrounds, the BAME Apprenticeship awards (formerly Asian Apprenticeship Awards) conducted research to understand potential barriers. The barriers they identified included negative perceptions, pressures to attend university and the need for more role models. Therefore they set up the awards to inspire, share best practice and celebrate the achievements of apprentices from underrepresented ethnic minority backgrounds.
We caught up with WhiteHat’s six finalists to find out how they felt about being shortlisted, the best thing about their apprenticeship and any messages they might have for future apprentices...
A huge congratulations to Akeem, Eljeet, Bibi, Sofia, Prisha and Lilly-Mae - wishing you all the very best of luck!
Did anything our finalists said resonate with your own experience? We'd love to hear from you below or on the Community Hub Newsfeed!