Solihull College student is nominated for Apprentice of the year
Monday, 20 July, 2015

Mohammed Ahmed, known as Maj, from Solihull College was recently nominated for the Apprentice of the year 2015 award for the Express & Star Business Awards 2015.

Maj is currently working for Lion Containers Ltd, a shipping container company based in Walsall on an apprenticeship basis, partnered with Solihull College. The role is Maj’s first customer service based role yet he has proven how hard working and committed he is since he started the apprenticeship in August last year.

Maj was entered into the Express and Star Business awards and there were over 1000 applications for Maj’s ‘Apprentice of the year 2015’ category. The judging panel worked through the applications and interviewed those who were nominated and made the shortlisting decision. Maj made the final 3 nominees for the category and attended the awards ceremony in the hope of winning the Apprentice of the year.

Maj’s manager at Lion Containers Ltd Mitch Gobsill commented “Maj has gone from strength to strength since starting with us in August. He has not only been selling our containers to consumers but has also been involved in projects such as converting containers. Maj has excelled and is a really quick learner; this was demonstrated in his application for the 2015 Apprentice of the year award.”

The judges were faced with a difficult decision to decide on the winner and said they were physically in tears trying to come to a final decision. Maj was crowned as runner-up of Apprentice of the year which is a great achievement from the amount of applications. Lion Containers Ltd have been thoroughly impressed with Maj’s work ethic as he uses his own initiative and regularly exceeds monthly sales targets.

The apprenticeship training from Solihull College is delivered on-site and Maj has shown his commitment to the apprenticeship by achieving all he has. Maj commented “I wanted to earn and learn which is why I chose the apprenticeship route. I did my research and Lion Containers stood out for me and the career I wanted to pursue. I can transfer the customer service skills I have to the workplace. People may not think there is a lot of detail in customer service; however, the course is very in-depth.

I was over the moon to be nominated for the apprentice of the year award; it is a great achievement. I am now looking to continue with Lion Containers and develop in my career.”

Solihull College is hoping to continue to work with Lion Containers in the future to offer apprentices from the College.

For more information on apprenticeships available at Solihull College visit www.solihull.ac.uk or call 0121 678 7000.

Apprentice of Year