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Speakers, from left: Andeep Mangal (IAB Vice President), Nilay Shastry (IAB Executive Committee Member, Mick Raza (Jaguar Cars UK), Nasir Awan (IAB President), Chris Birkett (ARUP), Jamie Nevin (Edgbaston Cricket Ground), Saqib Bhatti (IAB Executive Committee Member)

Talent development consultant for Homeserve, Kerry Hastings and business development executive for Walsall College Anita Roberts with the new HomeServe apprentices

College welcomes

HomeServe trainees Walsall College has expanded its partnership with local home repair and maintenance company, HomeServe, by becoming the company’s preferred training provider for their new intake of plumbing apprentices. Ten plumbing apprentices have been recruited

From left: Adrian Wright (West Bromwich Albion Football Club), Cllr Timothy Hustable ( Birmingham City Council), Jerry Blackett (Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Group), Sion Simon, Nasir Awan (IAB President), Mark Jenkins (West Bromwich Albion Football Club)

Hit for six at Edgbaston Diwali networking night


ore than 300 guests attended the IAB’s networking and Diwali celebration which was held at the

new conference and banqueting centre at Edgbaston Stadium. As part of the IAB’s programme, celebrating

and recognising key Asian faith festivals, Diwali – traditionally known as the ‘Festival of Lights’, is an important celebration among Hindus, Sikhs and Jains. Edgbaston, which is home to Warwickshire

County Cricket Club and will host England in all three forms of cricket in 2012, has recently completed a new £32 million redevelopment programme and the event gave guests the opportunity to see its new world-class facilities. Jamie Nevin, general manager at Edgbaston Experience, said: “The redevelopment of Edgbaston Stadium has given us new facilities such as one of the most flexible conference and banqueting venues in the region, capable of

hosting major events from 700 people, to small boardroom meetings. “The IAB is one of the most influential

business groups in the region and it was a great honour to host this Diwali event. We hope that this will be the catalyst for many more opportunities to work with the IAB team.” As a partner of Edgbaston, Jaguar Land Rover UK sales and operations director Mick Razza delivered a keynote presentation about the transformation of the JaguarLand Rover brands under TATA Motors Ltd. Other keynote speakers included Chris Birkett, senior engineer at Chamber patron Arup, who gave a presentation on the firm’s urban regeneration programme which is delivering value to the Midlands projects. IAB president Nasir Awan said: “IAB is very

proud of its excellent relationship with Warwickshire County Cricket Club and all our guests were highly impressed with the facilities.”

by HomeServe and recently attended the college for their induction and to officially begin their apprenticeship. During the day, the students who are located nationally, were given a tour of the facilities at both the Green Lane and Wisemore Campuses, and completed the enrolment process. Talent development donsultant for HomeServe Kerry Hastings said: “This year HomeServe has made a commitment to work in partnership with local educational establishments. We are really excited to have 10 plumbing apprentices starting their training through Walsall College. ‘We hope the partnership will now go from

strength to strength, with more projects and new initiatives being set up in the near future”. Plumbing apprentice with HomeServe, Dominic Haldane said: “I spent 20 years working in financial services before being made redundant. I decided to take an apprenticeship in order to gain transferable skills that I could retain for my future career. I’m really pleased to be starting the apprenticeship. It has given me a job and I also get a qualification at the end of it.” Jackie Pugh, head of digital and technology at

Walsall College, said: “Walsall College is committed to working in partnership with businesses and employers, ensuring their training needs are thoroughly met. We were delighted to welcome the new apprentices to Walsall College to complete their enrolment. This is an exciting time for Walsall College, as we move into a new partnership with HomeServe.”


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