A British Airways apprentice has won the Institute of Travel and Tourism’s (ITT) Apprentice of the Year award. Atish Sahota was recognised for his hard work and professionalism as he embarks on his promising career at the airline.

Atish is on BA’s Head Office apprentice scheme. This programme is designed to introduce candidates to the world of business support in a busy, customer-focused corporate environment. Atish was in the first intake of apprentices on this innovative scheme in October 2012. He has worked in several different departments around the airline and is on his final placement in the global services division at IAG. He hopes to complete his Level 4 NVQ in Business and Administration later this year, when his two year apprenticeship comes to an end.

Claire Steiner, director and chair of education and training at the Institute of Travel and Tourism said: “The ITT student awards are given each year in recognition of the best talent who are at the beginning their career in our dynamic sector. Atish is a fabulous ambassador for British Airways and its apprenticeship programme and has already begun to apply his learning and development to promote opportunities for other young people. He is a great example of someone who has worked hard, demonstrating great commitment and ability, to continue to improve himself to the benefit of himself and those around him. “

Atish Sahota said: “I am very proud to receive this award. I have achieved so much in the last few months – from organising induction programmes for graduates, to managing changes to supplier contracts, and helping to raise £3,000 for Flying Start. I can’t wait to start the next phase of my career with the airline and put all my experiences into practice. I would urge anybody who is thinking about applying for an apprenticeship to go for it and capitalise on the opportunities that they will be given.”

British Airways will recruit more than 175 people to apprenticeship schemes this year. With up to 12 unique programmes available – from engineering to financial services to information technology, there is an apprenticeship to suit every skill-set and ambition. All the schemes start with a comprehensive induction programme and offer support, guidance and crucially, on-the-job experience throughout the two year duration. The programmes earn the apprentices higher qualifications such as NVQs and the opportunity and skills to apply for vacancies at the airline.

Further information on the apprenticeships available at British Airways can be found at ba.com/careers