More than 20 aspiring apprentices are building their careers with confidence thanks to an inspiring coordinator. Since becoming an award-winning apprentice, Naila Bibi, has supported young people as a way of giving back to communities. This is her story.
Back in 2016, Naila, from Stoke-on-Trent, joined Achieve Training (formally PM Training) and quickly excelled into an apprenticeship position with the HR team at Aspire Housing. Carrying out admin duties, recruitment and always having a smile on her face – it was no surprise when she won the 2018 Asian Apprenticeship Awards ‘Apprentice of the Year’ – launching her into online and radio stardom with the BBC alongside an Ambassadorial role with the BAME Apprentice Awards.
Naila stated: “I was so proud to have won the award, I couldn’t believe it. It was one of the best achievements I could have wished for!”
Progressing into full-time employment
Having completed her apprenticeship, Naila continued to grow her skills and landed a full-time job in HR at Aspire Housing. The opportunity to become a trainee apprenticeship coordinator was then offered by Realise charity so that Naila could use her experience, skills and confident manner to support other young apprentices, once like herself, on their career journeys.
Naila says: “I’ve been a trainee apprenticeship coordinator for over 18 months now and it’s been brilliant. I’ve supported over 25 apprentices with 1-1 meetings, quarterly network meetings, additional training and also group meetings where we can all get together and discuss our job roles and how we are all getting on.
Giving back to others
She continues: “My favourite part about my role is working with apprentices and giving back to Achieve Training. I was an apprentice myself and Achieve Training offered me so much support and guidance during my time on my apprenticeship at Aspire Housing. I feel like it’s a really valuable role working with other young apprentices and sharing the experiences and knowledge that I’ve gained.”
Ellie, marketing apprentice, 16 said: “Naila is and has been a huge help throughout my apprenticeship so far. Not only does she arrange 121 meetings to check up on all apprentices, but she is also always there to help if you need her and a lovely person and great friend.”
Over the past 18 months, Naila has enhanced her teaching and delivery skills as a result of supporting apprentices. Learning how to hold group meetings, deliver presentations and offer advice and guidance has been a learning curve that will benefit Naila in her future career.
Funded by Realise charity, the apprentice coordinator role is an integral part of the work to support people into employment.
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