Learning Curve Group rewarded for dedication to inclusion, equality and diversity by BAME Apprenticeship Awards

Posted on Jun 08, 2021

The BAME Apprenticeship Awards 2021 Finalists have been released and Learning Curve Group has been shortlisted for the Learning Provider of the Year Award. The BAME Apprenticeship Awards showcases the outstanding work and achievement of apprentices from black and minority ethnic communities (BAME) and inspires BAME apprentices to reach their full potential.

We are honoured to be shortlisted for such an important award that aims to celebrate the achievements of our BAME learners across the country. Here at LCG, we believe that education and training should be accessible to anyone throughout their lives, no matter where they come from or what point they are at in their career. Our ‘Purple People’, the dedicated, brilliant staff at LCG, work hard everyday to ensure their provision is inclusive to all so they can fulfil their mission of transforming lives through learning.

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LCG are delighted that one of our own learners, Priya Sambath, a level 4 Data Analyst Apprentice working for Suffolk Council, has been nominated for Apprentice of the Year in the Charity, Voluntary and Public Services category. Everyone at LCG is extremely proud of Priya as she has overcome some challenges during her apprenticeship journey. She has gained her maths and English qualifications and basic communication skills, which overall has improved her confidence. She has been supported by her excellent apprentice trainer, Colin Smith, who nominated her for this award.

Brenda McLeish, CEO of LCG, said: “I am so proud that Learning Curve Group are finalists for Learning Provider of the Year at the BAME apprenticeship awards. We believe in putting the learner at the centre of everything we do, no matter who they are or their background. At LCG we work hard to reach all communities across the country so that everyone has the opportunity to get into employment. Priya is a great example of how our apprenticeship programmes and the support from our trainers can really help people excel in their career through education, without needing to leave employment.”

Apprentice of the Year nominee, Priya Sambath, said: "Winning this award would be great recognition and it motivates me to support the community and open gates to achieve more. This also gives me the opportunity to inspire our next generation to work and support the community, both where they live and where they come from. Doing an apprenticeship alongside a full time job, being a mother, regular charity and volunteering work has been challenging. However, I am so pleased I chose to expand my skills so I can progress further in my career. My son always reminds me 'There is no age limit for studies and to develop new skills'."

The BAME Apprentice Network organise the Awards, and aim to close the diversity gap in apprenticeships by supporting apprentices and working with employers to make meaningful change. The awards continue to grow year on year, with over 175 employers and Learning Providers entering, breaking last year's record. These range from household names, blue chip companies to small, medium and micro-enterprises across a range of categories, Learning Curve Group has done extremely well to have fought off some very tough competition to become a Finalist.

The awards platform has been instrumental in creating future leaders and ambassadors for Apprenticeships and brought to the forefront key issues surrounding the need for more diversity within particular sectors. Shortlisted employers and Learning Providers have showcased their diversity and inclusion strategies and how it’s helped them to shape an inclusive and diverse work environment as best practice examples for other organisations to follow suit. The Awards Ceremony takes place on the 30th of September 2021 at the BAME Apprentice Network annual gala dinner in Birmingham where all winners will be announced.

“While this year hasn’t been easy for anyone, we have seen true resilience from apprentices who have had to deal with an unprecedented scenario. Covid 19 is a historic moment and I thought nominations would be low, however the overwhelming response we have received this year has been humbling to say the least.” says Kasim Choudhry, director of BAME Apprentice Network.

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