Finalists of The Multicultural Apprenticeship Awards 2022 gathered in anticipation on Friday night as the winners for individual categories were announced. One of the UK’s largest training providers, Learning Curve Group (LCG), were delighted to bring home the Learning Provider of the Year award for the second year in a row. The awards aim to showcase the range of talent and hard work within multicultural communities across the UK and the contribution and support of employers and learning providers for making this possible.
These awards are a massively important presence in highlighting the achievements of apprentices from multicultural communities, working to identify and destigmatise barriers causing low uptake of apprenticeships from members of these communities. LCG believe that education and training should be accessible to everybody throughout their lives, regardless of their age, race, ethnicity, or background. Their ‘Purple People’, the dedicated, brilliant workforce at LCG, work hard every day to ensure their provision is inclusive to all so they can fulfil their mission of transforming lives through learning.
LCG have strong community values amongst their people, and this is reflected in the support they give their learners. They project their vision of ‘transforming lives through learning’ by delivering exceptional education and training to enhance career opportunities for everybody. Courses and training programmes are continually reviewed to ensure they are updated and meet the desired skills in employment. Recently, LCG have developed their Hair and Beauty Curriculum to include working with Afro-Caribbean hairstyles to make their training programmes inclusive and equip developing-professionals with a diverse mindset.
Brenda McLeish, CEO of LCG, said: “I cannot describe how proud I am as Learning Curve Group bring home the Learning Provider of the Year award at the Multicultural Apprenticeship Awards for a second year running. We believe in putting the learner at the centre of everything we do, no matter who they are or where they come from. We work hard to ensure we are continuously developing our provision of education and training to be inclusive and accessible to members of multicultural communities, so everybody has the opportunity to gain the skills and education necessary for employment.
The organisers of the Multicultural Apprenticeship Awards aim to close the diversity gap in apprenticeships by supporting apprentices and working with employers to make meaningful change. The awards continue to grow year on year, breaking records of the number of employers and learning providers entering every year. The awards have proven instrumental in creating future leaders and ambassadors in the apprenticeship industry. The awards platform has been significant in inspiring excellence, sharing best practice, and creating more opportunities for everyone involved by raising awareness of the need for heightened diversity in particular sectors.