7th Annual aspire2work awards celebrates learners' achievements in style
20 November, 2017
Learners from the aspire2work vocational training programme took an afternoon out of the classroom and were transported to Hollywood for the 2017 aspire2work awards. Aspire-igen’s annual red carpet event, which celebrates the achievements of the learners on its aspire2work programme, took place on 17th November at The Carriageworks, Leeds.
The aspire2work awards were presented to 14 finalists selected from over 1,500 learners aged 16-19 years, from across Yorkshire and Humber. Awards were also presented to employers who have supported the programme by offering work experience as well as tutors, support tutors and partner training providers who teach learners on a variety of vocational courses from Hair & Beauty to Railtrack Maintenance.
The event was hosted by Yorkshire Capital breakfast radio presenter JoJo, who brought her trademark ‘nuclear laugh’ and vibrant personality to the ceremony.
A host of life-sized cut out celebrities including Emma Watson, Brad Pitt, Halle Berry, Wonder Woman and Thor joined JoJo and the young people on the red carpet at the Oscar style event.
Learners on the military preparation course on the aspire2work programme, run by QPD, kicked off the ceremony with a military march complete with bag pipes and drums to get it off to a rousing start! Keen awards supporter, GB boxer Conor Loftus, who is sponsored by aspire-igen, sent a video message as he was competing in Finland at the time of the awards.
The aspire2work awards are now in their 7h year. Employers, learning providers and the young people put forward their nominations with just 14 learners making it into the four categories of Most Improved Learner, Most Dedicated Learner, High Achiever and Learner of the Year.
A panel of employers faced the challenging task of selecting the 4 overall winners to be awarded their prize by JoJo during the celebration. Many of the learners left school with few or no qualifications and within a year have gained English, maths and vocational qualifications helping them move on to college or in to a job.
The well-deserved finalist and winners, from across the Yorkshire and Humber region, were:
Most Dedicated Learner
Winner - Shannon Eccles
Finalist - Cameron Wilson-Walker
Finalist - Jack Jones
Finalist - Lauren Blakeley
Most Improved Learner
Winner - Tyreke Lewis
Finalist - Jamie Leigh Abrahams
Finalist - Lewis McLoughlin
Finalist - Nishat Tabassum
Finalist - Saul Dixon-Shepherd
Winner - Kledis Halili
Finalist - Dervla Watson
Finalist - Kyra Hull
Finalist - Monica Ibeyne
Learner of the Year
Employer of the Year
Re-Making Leeds, Leeds City Council
Provider of the Year
Tutor of the Year
Peggy Heppinstall from aspire-igen
To recognise those that work tirelessly behind the scenes, a brand new category was introduced this year:
Support & Non-Teaching Staff member of the year
Adam Doherty from Project Challenge
Sarah Stabler, Director of Quality & Performance for the aspire2work study programme, said:
“The 2017 aspire2work awards was a fabulous afternoon giving our learners the opportunity to celebrate their achievements. The awards recognise how far learners have come, despite many facing personal obstacles, proving that hard work and persistence pays off, helped by the backing and support of the fabulous tutors on the programme.
We’re grateful to our partner organisations who help provide training to our learners and employers who have offered such great work experience opportunities and are pleased to have the opportunity to recognise their contribution.
Jojo had guests entertained throughout the ceremony and there was a real sense of pride in the auditorium. We’re looking forward to next year already!”
Finalists and their guests celebrated with an after show VIP street food party.
Huge thanks to our sponsors Mibelle, Reel Film and Platinum HPL.
Take a look at a video of the event below.
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