Reflecting on the National BAME Network Apprenticeship Awards

At the end of September, the Access Skills management team attended the prestigious National BAME Apprentice Network Apprenticeship Awards. We were very honoured to be a shortlisted nominee for Learning Provider of the Year.

Our CEO Neil Crawford offers congratulations to Murphy Cole, the owner of the Access Skills client Regional Care, for winning the Apprentice Employer of the Year award! And a huge congratulations goes to Patrick Dogbatse for being nominated for Learner of the Year.

Nearly half of our learners come from BAME backgrounds, so to be nominated and celebrated for our efforts to educate members of these communities has been very fulfilling for us as a company. We wanted to use this blog as an opportunity to highlight the incredible achievements of our BAME employees and students.

Asim Hussain (Skills Advisor)

I started with Access Skills in August 2017 as an apprentice in the Curriculum admin team. I progressed quickly into a fulltime role within the sales team for around a year and a half, doing admin duties and enrolments. From there, I was placed into my current role as a Skills Advisor, so it has been a quick series of career progressions for me. I think this progression has been due to my drive to do more. The skills that I have learned from these roles are more within the realms of my social skills, as I was very introverted when I was an apprentice, but I am much bubbly and talkative now. People can’t get me to stop talking! Access Skills has helped me to get out of my shell and flourish as a sales person.

Maroof Shah

Maroof Shah joined Access Skills April 2017, and at the time she had set up a new domiciliary care agency. Maroof developed her own policies and procedures to model good practice. As a learner Maroof benefitted from constant one to one, face to face support from various members of Access Skills team. All of her learning was leading to her CQC INSEPCTION, where she achieved a good grading across all categories. Maroof continues to expand her organisation and is looking at working with children and young people.

Maroof said: Access Skills helped me to develop my understanding, identify gaps in my compliance and showed me how to implement changes, to achieve a good grading.

James Ziwu

James was fairly new to care when he joined Access Skills. He had previously work, for a sort time as a senior care support work. It soon became apparent that James had a passion for the care sector and this was recognised by his employer Regional care. James enrolled on a level 5, which he funded himself, such was his determination to become a care sector manager. With the support of his manager, James went on to pass his course within a year. James is now a popular and experienced care manager.

To learn more about the work that the BAME Apprentice Network do, click this link for more information. To read more about how we have helped our employers and learners to reach their highest potential, view our case studies on our website today.


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We are a Skills for Care Endorsed Provider with strong sector partnerships and the official training partner of the National Care Association.

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