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Apprentice named as award finalist


A University of Wolverhampton Degree Apprentice has been shortlisted for a top award in recognition of her hard work.

Ruksana Kavde is currently studying for a Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) at the University, alongside her role as Information Officer within the Virtual School team at Walsall Council.

She is a finalist in the Asian Apprenticeship Awards 2018 in the Charity, Voluntary Organisations and Public Services category.


Ruksana, from Wednesbury, started the Apprenticeship with the University’s Faculty of Social Sciences in January 2018.

She joined the University at a House of Lords reception in May to celebrate Apprenticeships, and spoke about the experience of studying alongside her work and family commitments.

Ruksana said: “I am incredibly humbled to be nominated for the Asian Apprenticeship Award, let alone become a finalist. I am so grateful to Helena Baxter from Walsall Council for nominating me, my supportive manager Lorraine Thompson, my team members and my family for believing in me.”

Mark Price, Director of Apprenticeships (Business), said: “We are extremely proud of Ruksana for reaching the finals of this prestigious award. She has really shone since joining the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship programme and we’re delighted to see her commitment and achievements recognised in this way.”

Councillor Anthony Harris, Portfolio holder for Personnel and Business support at Walsall Council said: “This is a great achievement and a prestigious nomination. Ruksana is a shining example of excellence in work, study and apprenticeships. We are very proud that she is working for us and that Walsall Council is helping to continue her professional development.”

The winners of the Asian Apprenticeship Awards will be announced at a ceremony in Birmingham on Thursday, 29 November 2018.

The University’s Apprenticeship Hub provides a bespoke and independent venue for potential apprentices, employers and learning providers, offering clear and integrated progression routes for vocational pathways.

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Picture: (l-r) Mark Price, Director of Apprenticeships (Business), Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton the Rt Hon Lord Paul of Marylebone, Ruksana Kavde of Walsall Council and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton Professor Geoff Layer at a reception at the House of Lords to celebrate Apprenticeships.

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Date Issued: Thursday, 27 September 2018

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