06 December 2016

19 year old apprentice, Saeed Amin, met the Lord Mayor to be congratulated on his recent apprenticeship nomination.

Saeed was invited to the Town Hall where he was applauded by the Right Honourable Lord Mayor, Cllr Denise Fox for his recent nomination for the ‘Asian Apprentice of the Year’ award.

The prestigious ‘Asian Apprentices Awards’ is an annual event where apprentices and employers celebrate and recognise talent within the BME Asian Community.

The nomination was in recognition of Saeed’s hard work and commitment for his role as an apprentice in the Children’s services.

Julie James, Senior Manager in the Children’s Commissioning service has worked with Saeed for the last year and nominated him for the award after been impressed with his commitment and progression.

Julie said: “We are incredibly impressed that he has worked so hard and achieved a level of development where I felt we could make a nomination. We want to celebrate his efforts, the fact he didn’t win makes no difference whatsoever, we all feel he has and continues to work really hard and successfully in his apprenticeship and has really ‘grown’ in the last year.”

Saeed was presented a framed certificate by the Lord Mayor, who commented on his hard work and congratulated him on his success.

Cllr Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families said: “It is great to see our own apprentices work celebrated and we recognise the hard work of our apprentices and across the city and all that they achieve.

“We really appreciate the support of employers and trainers who are fully on board with the apprenticeship programmes and understand how important and valuable the courses are to both the apprentice and the employers. I congratulate Saeed on his recent achievement and continuing hard work with Sheffield City Council. He is an excellent role model for young people and show how with support and hard work you can achieve your potential”

Saaed looks forward to completing his apprenticeship and spoke about his ambitions for the future. He said “It’s an honour to receive this nomination and really important as it encourages others to apply for apprenticeships. I have gained a lot of confidence through the scheme and enjoyed working on projects with physical results. I hope to go to university when I finish my apprenticeship.”

Saeed joined the Council through Red Tape Central’s traineeship programme who now deliver his apprenticeship training. If you would like to access the variety of apprenticeship opportunities available at Sheffield City Council, register to attend our next Open Day on February 1st by emailing terry.mitchell@sheffield.gov.uk