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University College Birmingham becomes Patrons of the Multicultural Apprenticeship Alliance

University College Birmingham is thrilled to announce its official patronage of The Multicultural Apprenticeship Alliance, an organisation dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusivity within the apprenticeship sector.

University College Birmingham, renowned for its focus on career-oriented education and training, has a long-standing commitment to providing accessible education to all students. The institution actively cultivates a learning environment that values diversity and empowers students from diverse backgrounds. By becoming a patron of MAA, University College Birmingham reaffirms its dedication to fostering inclusivity and equity within apprenticeships offered throughout their curriculum.

University College Birmingham has a strong commitment to apprenticeships as a successful avenue for skills-based learning and as a means to help individuals from diverse backgrounds find their career paths across various sectors. By joining as a patron, University College Birmingham’s Centre for Apprenticeships team brings its extensive experience and expertise in vocational education to the alliance, playing a pivotal role in advancing MAA’s goals. University College Birmingham aims to empower MAA by sharing best practices, resources, and innovative strategies, contributing to the transformation of the apprenticeship landscape.

In the near future, University College Birmingham staff will have access to an innovative training program developed by The Multicultural Apprenticeship Alliance, designed to provide them with sector-specific insights into apprenticeships.

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“Delighted to collaborate with The Multicultural Apprenticeship Alliance as a patron, we prioritise the enhancement of University College Birmingham’s apprenticeship programs to deliver a quality experience for all learners, with a specific emphasis on traditionally underrepresented groups within apprenticeship cohorts. Situated in a diverse city, our institution is unwavering in its commitment to fostering diversity across every aspect of our operations.”

Becky Wilson, Apprenticeships Operations Manager at University College Birmingham

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As patrons of The Multicultural Apprentice Alliance, University College Birmingham will actively participate in initiatives, research projects, and outreach activities aimed at creating an inclusive apprenticeship ecosystem.

This partnership underscores University College Birmingham’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as its dedication to preparing the next generation of apprentices to thrive in a diverse and global workforce.

Safaraz Ali, CEO of Pathway Group and Founder of The Multicultural Apprenticeship Alliance, expressed pride and satisfaction in University College Birmingham’s embrace of diversity and inclusion as patrons of the alliance. This partnership sets a compelling example for the future of education and workforce development. The collaboration with University College Birmingham and the innovative apprenticeship training program will further The Multicultural Apprenticeship Alliance’s objectives in promoting equity, diversity, inclusion, and social mobility in apprenticeships.

“Excited to welcome University College Birmingham as our latest patron, we share a common mission to make apprenticeships accessible to all, regardless of their background. We firmly believe that diversity enriches the workforce, fostering innovation and excellence in both education and employment.”

Jagdeep Soor, Head of Strategic Partnerships at Pathway Group


As patrons of The Multicultural Apprentice Alliance, University College Birmingham will actively participate in initiatives, research projects, and outreach activities aimed at creating an inclusive apprenticeship ecosystem.

This partnership underscores University College Birmingham’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as its dedication to preparing the next generation of apprentices to thrive in a diverse and global workforce.

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