Outstanding Apprentice of the Year – Individual Categories
Construction and Property – Qasim Khattak, Rider Levett Bucknall
Quantity surveyor Qasim started his career at only 19 years old, soon joining Rider Levett Bucknall as an apprentice and becoming a diversity and inclusion business representative at the property consultancy. Now aged 21, Qasim has worked with renowned consultants and contractors across the globe, delivering services for both public and private clients within many sectors, including infrastructure and education.
In 2019, Qasim received the Tim Burden Memorial Prize from his training provider for his outstanding career and academic achievements, having been awarded a construction scholarship with Birmingham City Council the previous year. He is currently attempting to become one of the youngest chartered quantity surveyors worldwide by the end of 2021.
Engineering and Manufacturing – Vicky Curtis, voestalpine
Since joining the level 4 sales executive apprenticeship programme at steel industry company voestalpine, Vicky has consistently produced work of the highest standard. She shows a fantastic understanding of the models and ideas discussed in sessions and is a great source of advice and support, regularly helping other learners with their work.
During the pandemic, Vicky was furloughed and undertook a job at Tesco to top up her income. Despite this, she continued to attend lessons or catch up via recordings and submitted appropriate, high-quality evidence. Vicky also has a thirst for self-learning – she reads countless books and watches TED talks and most importantly applies her learning as often as she can.
Health, Education and Care/Apprentice of the Year – Mohammed Islam, West Midlands Ambulance Service
Mohammed Islam, who is a father of two young children, has worked hard to juggle his parental responsibilities and demanding job while completing the apprenticeship programme to the best of his ability. During national lockdown, he kept up his online teaching sessions with his tutor while caring for his youngest child.
Despite the distraction this could have proven, he showed great determination to complete his apprenticeship. As a key worker also, he has been putting in long hours during the pandemic, making it even more impressive that he has achieved a diploma in healthcare support in just over 12 months, as well as functional skills level 2 qualifications in English and maths.