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Graduation Day May 5th 2016

Monday 9th May 2016

LTSB is proud to announce the graduation of 26 members of its third intake (2014/2015) last Thursday.

ICAP were not only the generous host of this event, but in addition ICAP's founder and CEO Michael Spencer delivered the Commencement Address.

This graduation represents a tremendous achievement by these young adults. Not only did they pass their level 2 and 3 AAT in accounting but they also maintained their apprenticeship for 12 months with their employer, attended many guest speaker events and employability workshops, participated in a Mock Trial at Southwark Crown Court and competed in the annual LTSB Business Game Challenge. Furthermore they worked with their football Club Foundations and Trusts (West Ham or Leyton Orient) to achieve Coaching Certificates and Mentoring, life skills and leadership development before committing themselves to coaching and mentoring young children.

Before giving out the awards to the young people who successfully completed our 2014-15 programme, we took the opportunity to recognise three champions of our charity:

  • Futures for Kids - collected by trustee Bill Templer
  • Rachel Engel, Vice President and Director Macquarie Group Foundation 
  • Lorraine Barclay - Global Head of Business Services ICAP

Michael Spencer

Michael Spencer then gave the commencement address. He stressed the need for resilience, persistence, keeping one's cool, learning from and analyzing the reasons for one's inevitable mistakes, having a passion for what you do, being inquisitive, keeping current and continuously learning, the pleasure of giving back and the importance of making the most of good luck when it comes. It was a tour de force that was enjoyed by all present - graduating students and all of the rest of us!


I was delighted to have Michael Spencer join me to hand out certificates to all the graduating students:

Leyton Orient Trust & College of Haringey Enfield and North East London Cohort

  • Ben Ahmet - completed apprenticeship with Bayerische Landesbank
  • Zafar Alibhai - completed apprenticeship with Crowe Clark Whitehill
  • Phoebe Antiri - completed apprenticeship with Eversheds
  • Mehmet Colak - completed apprenticeship with Eversheds
  • Sabrina Garcha - completed apprenticeship with ICAP
  • Priya Gozra - completed apprenticeship with ICAP
  • Hudson Hughes - completed apprenticeship with RSM
  • Chanda Kaur - completed apprenticeship with ICAP
  • Reema Khamar - completed apprenticeship with Edison Group
  • Ward Lomas - completed apprenticeship with Eversheds
  • Jokum Manu - completed apprenticeship with ICAP
  • Zinhle Mathe - completed apprenticeship with Crowe Clark Whitehill
  • Sahib Meah - completed apprenticeship with Grant Thornton
  • Zachary Miller - completed apprenticeship with SQ Professional
  • Ismail Mohammed - completed apprenticeship with St Martin in the Fields
  • Imran Naing - completed apprenticeship with Johnson Matthey
  • Aamir Shiakh - completed apprenticeship with Eversheds
  • Devraj Singh Sira - completed apprenticeship with RSM
  • Zoynal Uddin - completed apprenticeship with Barclays 
  • Charlee Vaz - completed apprenticeship with ICAP

West Ham United Foundation & Newham College Cohort

  • Adom Akuamoah - completed apprenticeship with Phoenix Equity Partners
  • Chidera Eze - completed apprenticeship with ICAP
  • Lauren Kett - completed apprenticeship with Career Moves Group
  • Maxwell Kolade Raji - completed apprenticeship with Online Lubricants
  • Iqra Suleman - completed apprenticeship with West Ham United Foundation
  • Marvin Walsh - completed apprenticeship with Mounthouse View Group

Apprentice of the Year

Finally we announced our Apprentice of the Year

Runner Up

Devraj Singh Sira:

Member of the Leyton Orient Trust & College of Haringey Enfield and North East London cohort
Employed by RSM at the end of his apprenticeship 


Adom Akuamoah:

Member of the West Ham United Foundation & Newham College cohort
Employed by Phoenix Equity Partners at the end of his apprenticeship 

Photos of the graduation can be viewed on our Facebook page.


I would like to personally congratulate everyone who graduated last Thursday and to wish the graduates of our programme every success in their future careers. I look forward to hearing about your progress over the coming years and seeing you at our Alumni events.

I would like to thank our delivery partners West Ham United Foundation, Newham College, Leyton Orient Trust and College of Haringey Enfield and North East London.

Finally I would like to thank all the employers who supported our programme in 2015 and hired our apprentices, many of whom have also employed these young people at the end of the programme and continue to hire apprentices in 2016.

David Pinchin
Chairman Leadership Through Sport & Business