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Council apprentice scoops top prize

Alima Khatun picked up her prizeAn apprentice has been awarded a top prize at an industry awards ceremony for her

outstanding contribution to the council.

Alima Khatun has worked for the council for the past year and was handed the Best

Social Media for Business Apprentice of the Year title by Just IT.

The award ceremony took place on Friday 18 March during National Apprenticeship

Week at the Chartered Institute of IT (BCS) in Covent Garden.

Guests at the ceremony included employers, apprentices and parents as winners

were announced in six categories.

Just IT Apprenticeships match young tech enthusiasts with forward-thinking

companies looking to develop their own talent.

Supported by the government, their apprenticeship scheme has helped hundreds of

young people begin their IT, website and digital marketing careers.

Just IT held the awards ceremony to show recognition to their apprentices who have

taken part in the programme.

Guest speakers at the event included Jos Creese, former president of the BCS, who

spoke about the importance of IT apprenticeships and how they can help young

adults into the industry.

Former apprentice and now entrepreneur, Joshua Uwadiae, told the audience how

the programme began the journey to starting his own company.

Sue Husband from the Skills Funding Agency spoke about the success an

apprenticeship can bring.

Just IT said: “We have had really dedicated apprentices who have completed the

programme ahead of target and employers who have gone above and beyond to

help them succeed. It was fantastic to see how far each individual has come since

they have been part of the Apprenticeship Scheme.”

Oda Riska, web manager at Tower Hamlets Council, added: “Alima has been an

absolute credit to the council and fully deserved recognition by Just IT. The quality of

her work has been an absolute asset to the council, and has benefitted the whole

borough. We hope that Alima decides to continue her career with us.”