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A HIGH-FLYING former apprentice has been praised for becoming an ambassador to help others follow in his footsteps.

Adeel Zahman, aged 18, from Fir Vale, has been working for Sheffield Council’s education department, based at the Bannerdale Education Centre, ever since he started an apprentice scheme two years ago.

Since then he has progressed through the apprenticeship ranks, recently completing the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship Programme.

Now he has been singled out to help other young people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds onto apprenticeship schemes.

Traditionally take-up of apprenticeships by such students has been limited.

Sheffield Council says Adeel’s help has led to a marked increase in people coming forward from these backgrounds.

He has visited city schools promoting the apprenticeship programme becoming an inspiration to other youngsters from similar backgrounds to himself.

As a result of his hard work, Adeel has been awarded a Learner Achievement Award in a ceremony at Sheffield Town Hall.

Adeel’s assessor, Lorna Hunter, said: “When I was asked to nominate one learner only, this was difficult because everyone has worked hard at achieving their own goals. However, I did feel that because of the achievement of both Level 2 and Level 3, as well as gaining permanent employment and also undertaking the role outside of his everyday working life of an Apprenticeship Ambassador, Adeel was a clear choice.

“He started the apprenticeship programme at 16 and has grown into a very conscientious and mature young man. He has an excellent attitude to learning and achievement of his career goals and has made an excellent impression in his work placement.

“Adeel has really stepped up to the plate and carried out his higher level working responsibilities positively and professionally. “

Adeel said: “I am very pleased to have been given this award. I really enjoy the responsibility I have been given and hope I have helped to inspire a number of people into apprenticeship schemes like myself.

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