8th Annual aspire2work awards celebrates learner’s achievements in style
19 November, 2018
Learners from the aspire2work vocational training programme took an afternoon out of the classroom for the 2018 aspire2work awards. The Lord Mayor of Bradford welcomed young people to aspire-igen’s annual awards ceremony, which celebrates the achievements of the learners on its aspire2work programme, on 16th November at The Opportunity Centre, Bradford.
The aspire2work awards were presented to 16 finalists selected from over 1,500 learners aged 16-19 years, from across Yorkshire and Humber. 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.
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 Motor Vehicle Maintenance.
The event was hosted by Yorkshire Capital breakfast radio presenter JoJo, who brought her trademark ‘nuclear laugh’ and vibrant personality to the ceremony.
Keen awards supporter, GB boxer Conor Loftus, who is sponsored by aspire-igen, also attended and presented certificates to the finalists.
The well-deserved winners, from across the Yorkshire and Humber region, were:
Most Dedicated Learner – Bilal Raweel
Most Improved Learner – Joseph Hallas
High Achiever – Jessica Arundell
Learner of the Year – Ellie Thompson Baker
Employer of the Year – LATCH & Leeds City Council Parking Services (joint winners)
Tutor of the Year – Sana Saddique
Support & Non-Teaching Staff member of the year – Jude Harrison
Two of the winners, Joseph Hallas, who won Most Improved Learner of the Year and Jude Harrison, who won Support & Non-Teaching Staff Member of the Year were having a double celebration following publication of an e-book they recently co-wrote which aims to raise awareness of autism http://www.lspace.co.uk/. Joe has Asperger’s and has progressed massively since starting the programme. As well as co-writing the book, he has created and delivered a presentation on autism to staff and learners and has started a work placement. Jude, his one to one support tutor has been praised for her ability to motivate and inspire, not just Joe but all learners.
Malcolm Wake, Operations Director for aspire-igen said:
“We are so pleased to give our learners a real chance to celebrate their achievements and show that their efforts have been recognised.
Aspire2work is a vocational study programme offering free courses to 16-19 year olds. Some of our learners faced difficulty at school, leaving with no qualifications, overcoming multiple barriers such as language, mental health issues and low self-esteem. Many learners also utilise our programme as a pathway to higher level courses and career options. It is so rewarding seeing learners prosper on a course that they may once have thought was beyond their capabilities.
“We are grateful to our partner organisations who help provide training to our learners and employers who have offered such great work experience opportunities and the awards recognise these too.
We’re looking forward to next year already!”
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