Islington is working – Usama’s story

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  • Aug

Usama Mohamed from Finsbury Park was studying a level 3 BTEC in engineering at City and Islington College but wasn’t sure what to do next.

He was introduced by his brother to Abdi, one of the council’s iWork employment support coaches who introduced Usama to the idea of doing a higher level apprenticeship that would allow him to earn a salary while working towards a degree level qualification.

The council works with major contractors and suppliers to create apprenticeship opportunities for local residents.

Abdi offered Usama a level 4 higher apprenticeship as a trainee quantity surveyor with the Osborne Group, a council contractor working on a major project to regenerate the Andover estate.

In spite of these great opportunities, Usama’s mum took some convincing that this was the best option for him.

“My mum believed going to university was a more respectable route for me,” he said. “I was lucky that Abdi from the council’s iWork employment support team managed to convince her otherwise, or I would have missed out.”

Abdi said: “Usama has so much potential that I couldn’t see him lose out. Higher level apprenticeships can be equivalent to a university degree, but at the same time the young person earns a wage and avoids the costs of going to university. It’s a no brainer really.”

Now Usama is earning over £20,000 per year as an apprentice, while studying at Southbank University for the training element of his apprenticeship and gaining valuable on the job experience.

If you want support to find a great apprenticeship opportunity, contact iWork or call 0207 527 2706.

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