Sage UK Apprentice Rumana Chaudhury has won the coveted Judges’ Choice award at the Asian Apprenticeship awards.
The national award event was held in Birmingham last night and celebrated talented young British Asians, their employers and learning providers from across the UK. From over 300 nominations, awards were presented in 8 sector categories, 2 employer categories and the overall Learning Provider of the Year.
Rumana studied business at college, but her determination to succeed was fired while she was doing her GCSEs, when her Sociology teacher told her that that the ethnic background that performed the least well at school were Bengalis. Rumana said: “I wanted to change that and not let that define me.”
She wanted to work in industry and had no hesitation in applying for a Business Administration Apprentice role at Sage UK through Northern Skills Group. She was determined to support her widowed mother and her younger siblings, and to provide a role model for her sisters.
She joined Sage at a time when the business was going through major transformation. She said: “I’ve learned so much about how to deal with and not fear change, moving between 3 departments and 5 managers over the course of 18 months, I’ve been exposed to different management, leadership and communication techniques.”
She has seized the opportunities the Apprenticeship has presented, travelling to Paris for work after meeting and making an impression on the Executive Vice President of the Property and Procurement team. Part way through her apprenticeship Rumana became homeless, but she was determined not to miss work, and now rents her own flat.
She said: “My work ethic has been pushed to the extreme. I have been pushed to the extreme and without my apprenticeship and my passion and determination for my career it would have been much harder to have got to the comfortable lifestyle that I am living at present.
“I am fortunate to have met some kind and courteous people at Sage that have been there to support me every step of the way and have turned from colleagues to good friends.”
Head Judge Olga Bottomley commented: “Every line of Rumana’s application speaks of determination to succeed. Her work ethic is impressive and her ability to overcome adversity is really to be commended. She has clearly forged some very positive relationships at Sage UK, and their support has been critical as she has built not just a career but also a life for herself. Congratulations to her, and I wish her every success as she progresses in her career.”
Isa Mutlib is the Awards Project Director. He commented: “The Awards was a spectacular event and really celebrated the brightest and best British Asian Apprentices and the commitment of their employers and learning providers.
“We hope we have encouraged more young British Asians to consider apprenticeships, and more employers to provide opportunities to benefit from the skills that apprentices bring.”
Nearly 500 people attended the event and Jasmine Kundra, from this year’s BBC The Apprentice line up, was the guest speaker. A learning and development professional, she is a firm champion of developing skills and spoke passionately about the need to empower individuals to learn, grow and widen their career horizons.