Apprentice Zain Alam from Middlesbrough College wins Tees Valley BME Apprentice of the Year

11 January 2022
Zain Alam, a Business Administration apprentice from Middlesbrough College has won the Tees Valley BME Apprentice of the Year Award!

Now in its twelfth year, The Tees Valley BME awards highlight and celebrate multiculturalism in the local community; it is a fantastic opportunity to recognise and honour individuals and organisations who have contributed across the year. The event took place on Saturday, November 27th at Middlesbrough’s Jurys Inn Hotel.

Dynamic apprentice Zain, a former IT & Business student at Middlesbrough College, was nominated for the apprentice of the year for all of his hard work and accomplishments in the Workforce Development team at Middlesbrough College. 

Zain said: “I am really enjoying my apprenticeship at Middlesbrough College. I am gaining a lot of practical experience in the workplace and the College is an amazing place to learn and work. In my opinion, working and studying is the best way to learn. 
“Middlesbrough College is a fantastic employer. The friendly and relaxed atmosphere is phenomenal and all my colleagues are supportive and encouraging. 

“I am very grateful on winning the Apprentice of the Year - Tees Valley BME Award 2021. All the hard work has paid off and I am looking forward for more success to come in my time at Middlesbrough College. 

“It was an honour to be nominated alongside such amazing people who are doing great things in the community. I believe anything is possible if you work hard and put your mind into what you love. 

“My advice to all students and apprentices is to never doubt yourself, work hard and remember – if you love something, don't give up on it. You should also enjoy yourself while doing what you love- hard work always pays off!”

Lin Barry, The Workforce Development & Equalities Co-Ordinator and Zain’s supervisor said: “I am delighted Zain was chosen for this award. Zain is enthusiastic and completes every piece of work to a high standard. He takes pride in his work, showing great attention to detail and is very efficient. It’s been great to see Zain’s confidence grow in the few months he has been with Workforce Development.” 
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