Three Degree Apprentices shortlisted for The BAME Apprenticeship Awards 2020

The BAME Apprenticeship Awards 2020 shortlist has been announced and three Pearson College London Degree Apprentices have been nominated as a finalist, in three separate award categories. 

The BAME Apprenticeship Awards recognises British BAME Apprentices, their employers and learning providers. The Awards, in partnership with Pearson, will announce the winners later this year. There were over 300 nominations for the awards, received nationally, across a wide range of categories.

Pearson College London Degree Apprentices have been nominated in the following categories:

  • Legal and Professional Services- Danielle Ariyo-Francis, IBM UK Ltd
  • Transport and Logistics- Paige Thomas, Transport for London
  • Judges' Choice- Anna Akitoye, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital

Here are some of the projects they have delivered as part of their apprenticeships:

Danielle Ariyo-Francis

Danielle Ariyo-Francis is amongst the finalists in the Legal and Professional services category. During her time as a degree apprentice at IBM, she has worked across the financial services, healthcare, utilities and industrial sectors, in service-design, business analyst and agile project manager roles. Danielle is currently working as a Project Manager, with one of IBM's largest chemicals and petroleum clients, leading the development of 12 proof of concepts. Danielle's achievements include co-leading a strategy engagement with IBM's largest oil and gas client in which she achieved a 10/10 client NPS score. Danielle is also a Campaign Manager for IBM's BAME Campaign and co-lead of Foundation Females (a community offering support and guidance to early professional women at IBM).

Paige Thomas

Paige Thomas is a General Management Degree Apprentice at Transport for London (TfL) and is a finalist in the Transport and Logistics category. Paige has worked with some key stakeholders like High Speed two (HS2), City Hall and the Canary Wharf Group and was also given the opportunity to speak at the Night Borough Champion Network this year. Paige's role with the Jubilee Line Operations was to research how to reduce PTI (Platform Train Interface) injuries. Paige also orchestrated the Jubilee Line 40th anniversary celebration and coordinated work for the Late Nate Night Transport Working Group, looking at ways TFL can support London’s Night Time Economy. Alongside this, she had the pleasure of working with the Deputy Major for Transport and Greater London Authority. Paige was also shortlisted for 'We are the city rising star' awards! Paige's key achievement, during lockdown, was attaining her Trains Manager license, whilst helping to support London Underground reopen its services to accommodate passenger journeys. 

Anna Akitoye

Anna Akitoye has been nominated as a finalist in the Judges Choice category. When Anna started the Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship (SLMDA) she was working as Housekeeping Manager. At the beginning of the pandemic there was a job opportunity for Senior Facilities Manager which Anna applied for and was successful. In her current role, she looks after housekeeping, catering, portering and security services in 30 GSTT Community sites. Anna also manages security contracts, grounds and gardens contracts, window cleaning contracts, as well as managing a team of around 70 staff members. One of the largest contracts Anna manages is £1.5 million services for Richmond and Hounslow Community Healthcare. 

Due to COVID, the Annual Gala dinner, which is due to take place on Tuesday 23rd November 2020, is postponed. For the latest updates on the BAME Apprenticeship Awards winners, check the BAME Apprenticeship Awards news page.      


At Pearson College London, we work closely with our industry partners including, IBM, TFL and Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust. To find out more about the Degree Apprenticeship programmes at Pearson Business School, visit our Degree Apprenticeships page