Newham College Student Named East London’s Apprentice of the Year

The social mobility charity, Leadership Through Sport & Business (LTSB), named Newham College Student, Raheeq Ahmad East London’s Apprentice of the Year.

Raheeq was awarded by the Lord Mayor of London, Charles Bowman, and LTSB Chairman, David Pinchin, at a celebratory graduation ceremony on the 14th August.

Raheeq, successfully completed a unique training programme that is run conjunction between Newham College, LTSB and West Ham United Football Foundation. This enabled him to gain training and skills for a career in finance, whilst earning an income at one of the world’s largest independent accounting firms, Grant Thornton.

The programme Raheeq studied also gave him chance to develop leadership skills by learning to coach and referee with West Ham United Football Foundation. He also completed an advanced diploma in accounting by doing an AAT Level 3 qualification at Newham College as part of the programme.

It’s a great honour to have won and I’ve been lucky enough to have met some brilliant people on the way. I didn’t grow up in an environment where there are many successful people around and so to win this was truly an amazing experience.
Raheeq Ahmad Financial Services Audit Associate, Grant Thronton

Raheeq has now received a job offer with the global firm, Grant Thornton following the outcome of his apprenticeship and says:

“In my opinion, apprenticeships are the way forward because you get experience and knowledge at the same time. My parents wanted me to go to university but when they saw me working at West Ham and then Grant Thornton they understood what I was trying to achieve. The important thing was that I came out with a lot of work experience instead of university debts of around £27,000 and no guarantee of a job.”

Neil Coates, the Director of Business Development at Newham College says:

“Apprenticeships provide invaluable opportunities for students to prepare for their careers within professional environments, whilst earning incomes, with employers who can set them apart within their fields.

Raheeq’s achievements are a testament to this and we wish him all the best as he embarks on his career.”


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