Naila Bibi has won two awards in the coveted Asian Apprenticeship Awards after following her dreams to start her professional career in HR.
The 18-year-old who joined PM Training in Stoke-on-Trent less than 18 months ago, beat more than 300 entrants to the overall title Apprentice of the Year, and also won the Finance, Legal and Professional Services award at the gala evening at the Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham on Thursday, November 2.
The double award winner from Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, said: “I am so pleased to win both of these awards, it was a great night and it has opened a lot of opportunities for me.
“I am very proud of my achievement.”
Naila’s decided to opt for an apprenticeship instead of A-levels because she preferred the option of the hands-on work.
She was also influenced by her 21-year-old sister Shamaila who has progressed from an apprenticeship with a firm of solicitors to gaining full time employment and legal qualifications.
In July 2016 Naila decided to go to PM Training, Staffordshire’s largest provider of apprenticeships for 16-18 year olds, to do a traineeship.
Then an eight-week placement in the HR department at Aspire Housing in Newcastle-under-Lyme led to a two-year Business Administration Apprenticeship which she started in September 2016.
Will Nixon, Managing Director at PM Training, said: “We are so proud of Naila, she is a confident and ambitious young person who knew her apprenticeship would be a great start to her career.
“We help more than 500 young people every year with training programmes to develop the skills they’ll need in the workplace, and help them get apprenticeships which will take them far in life.
“Naila’s ‘can do’ approach means that she takes on new challenges with a determination that is an inspiration to all of us.”