Cardiff and Vale College Auto learner Naim wins £2,000 bursary and Full-time Student of the Year at the IMI Awards

26 Apr 2020

Cardiff and Vale College Vehicle Refinishing student Naim Ahmed has had a significant boost to his future career with a £2,000 bursary from the Fellowship of the Motor Industry.

The bursary was announced at the at the prestigious Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) Recognition Awards where Naim, who is hearing impaired, was also named Full-time of the Student of the Year. It acknowledges the dedication and focus he has shown, despite working in a noisy environment and having his learning content relayed to him in sign language by a dedicated signer.

The Fellowship bursary is designed to assist motor industry trainees, students and apprentices through their studies. Funds contribute to the cost of training, books and other learning materials and expenses to help trainees manage the costs of their study and ensure they can excel in their chosen career.

Commenting on the bursary award, Brian Spratt, Chairman of the Fellowship said: “Naim Ahmed is clearly a highly enthusiastic and focused individual who is not allowing his deafness to affect his ambition. We therefore felt that, as well as him winning the IMI Full-Time Student Award, he should receive our annual bursary which will give him extra support to complete his studies.”

On receiving the bursary, Naim said: “It’s good to be recognised for my hard work. I would like to work at Cardiff and Vale College after I have completed my studies so that I can offer my skills and knowledge to young people in the hope that they can also follow the path that I have.”

Lesley Woolley, Chief Operating Officer of the IMI added: “At the heart of the IMI’s mission is a desire to attract individuals from all walks of life and experience to the motor retail sector. To achieve this, it is vital that no-one misses out on the opportunities. We congratulate Cardiff and Vale College on ensuring Naim has the support he needs to learn his skills, providing a dedicated signer as required.

“We also congratulate Naim on having such an enthusiastic attitude towards his learning. We are sure he will go a long way.”

Cardiff and Vale College Principal Kay Martin said: “We are all so thrilled that Naim has not only been named as the best full-time Auto student in the UK, but that he has also been awarded such a life-changing bursary to help him follow his chosen career.

“At CAVC we believe in equality of opportunity for all of the communities we serve, and this double award is testament to not only Naim’s hard work and commitment. It is also testament to the dedication of his tutors and support team.”