Hassan Kamara, EY

Best New Apprentice

Hassan started a Mathematics degree at University but found that the conventional route wasn’t right for him. He decided to switch to a Digital Degree Apprenticeship at EY in 2017 instead, as he wanted to learn technical skills and make a difference to the world around him by applying what he learned while completing his studies.

Three years later, Hassan had completed his apprenticeship and achieved a first-class honours degree. But his vocational achievements have also been extremely impressive. He has been recognised for outstanding contributions by both EY and clients and has become an external advocate for apprenticeships, university alternatives and young consulting careers. Hassan works as part of EY’s Technology Consulting practice and has used his technical skills to develop solutions for clients across Government, Consumer Products and Professional Services.

Hassan has acted as a representative between EY’s apprentice cohorts and the company’s training provider, Ada, the National College for Digital Skills to support the development of the programme. He has gone on to represent EY and Ada when meeting the Secretary of State for Education, the Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, and as a finalist in the TARGETjobs Apprentice of the Year Award.

He was also appointed Chair of the Young Management Consultancies Association (MCA), representing young consultants across numerous firms to the MCA Board. Hassan has also created a platform for apprentices within EY Consulting to raise their profile among senior colleagues by coming up with the Apprentice Show and Tell programme. The programme has delivered important long-term benefits, giving apprentices the chance to develop confidence and individual skills in addition to opening up new connections and opportunities.