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Kaplan’s apprentice success at the 2021 BAME apprenticeship awards

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The BAME Apprenticeship Awards celebrate diversity and reflect the outstanding work and achievement of apprentices from black and minority ethnic groups. This year is no different.

(Updated 1st October 2021) 

The awards are such a force for positivity and change, across the board. As stated by the board themselves previously “It wasn’t just apprentices being recognised, but a number of employers were awarded for their contribution to equality, diversity and inclusion in apprenticeships.”

This year, these were the categories that were up for grabs:

  • Accounting and Finance (sponsored by Kaplan)
  • Legal and Professional Services
  • Health, Medical and Social Care
  • Retail, Hospitality and Tourism
  • Charity, Voluntary, and Public Services
  • Construction Services
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Creative, Media and Marketing
  • Digital and Technology
  • Transport and Logistics
  • Judges Choice
  • Small Medium Employer
  • Large Employer
  • Learning Provider

We have a large number of apprentices from BAME backgrounds and are so proud of all the work that they do. Given that it’s an award we are especially invested in, this year we were more than happy to sponsor the Accounting and Finance category.


We encouraged our apprentices to submit entries for the 2021 awards, and are delighted to report that the following Kaplan apprentices were shortlisted:

Accounting and finance category:

Omolade Ojo - Lloyds Banking Group

Prem Manimaran - PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

Tianna Oti - RSA

Melissa Boadu - Jigsaw Business Solutions Ltd

Judges choice:

Brian Kasanda - EY

Last night (30th September) the event was held in person with over 500 people attending to celebrate and showcase BAME talent, their employers and learning providers.

We are happy to announce the success of Kaplan apprentices, Prem Manimaran and Omolade Ojo. Prem Manimaran came away with the title of Apprentice of the Year in the Accounting and Finance category, and in the same category Omolade Ojo was named as highly commended. We would like to congratulate all the nominees and winners for their outstanding achievements. 

It is great to see so much talent recognised this year at the awards, especially as the presentation combined the 2020 and 2021 award winners for the in person event.

You can now watch last night's presentation here, and for more information on how we did last year, read our previous awards blog.