Zara scoops top trophy at the BAME Apprenticeship Awards 2021

16th Nov

An apprentice from Midlands-based PTP Training who works for Walsall Council has won a top award at the national BAME Apprenticeship Awards 2021.

Zara Khan, the positive action officer on the council’s Walsall for All project, picked up the trophy for the Charity, Voluntary and Public Services category.

The annual BAME awards celebrate the talent and diversity of black, Asian and minority ethnic apprentices across the UK, and recognise the efforts of their employers and learning providers.

Ms Khan, who completed the Associate Project Manager Level 4 apprenticeship with PTP in January 2021, said: “I’m absolutely delighted, and still slightly shocked!

“After being a finalist at last year’s awards it’s such a privilege to win the award this year, so thank you to the judging panel.

“I was honoured to be among such amazingly talented apprentice finalists who were all as deserving of this accolade.

“Thank you to my colleagues, my parents and everyone who has supported me. What an amazing event!”

Ms Khan, who was also the Black History Month project lead for Walsall Council in October, added: “Doing an apprenticeship was a life-changing experience for me and the best decision I have ever made.

“My advice to anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship is don’t be afraid to stand out from the crowd and forge your own path.”

PTP Training, which trades as Performance Through People, is an experienced provider of training at employers across the region, including various councils, health trusts and housing associations.

Carolyn Stokes, operations director at PTP Training, said: “We’re thrilled that Zara picked up this coveted award at these national finals.

“We were so please when Zara was once again shortlisted for the award, and then so thrilled that this was the year that the trophy came home to the Black Country.

“It’s so important to celebrate our fantastic apprentices plus the employers and learning providers that support them.”

Ms Stokes said PTP Training was proud to enter and celebrate regular winners in the BAME awards, and added: “The awards help us to raise the awareness of our apprenticeships and the diversity of the young people we work with, along with the great work our partner organisations are doing.”

The full list of BAME Apprenticeship Awards 2021 winners can be found here: bameapprenticeshipawards.co.uk/winners-of-the-bame-apprenticeship-awards-2021-revealed/

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