Brighton youngsters honoured at special awards ceremony for achieving dreams
June 20th, 2019
Inspirational young people from Brighton were celebrated at a special awards ceremony after turning around their lives with new qualifications and climbing their career ladders with national independent training provider Skills Training UK.
Around 100 people gathered at the Celebration of Success event on Thursday 13 June at the Brighthelm Centre where learners aged 16-24 – many of whom had struggled at school or overcome personal challenges – were recognised with awards and certificates to mark their progression on Skills Training UK’s Traineeship programmes and vocational BTEC courses.
Learners also gained valuable work experience and skills with local and national employers in Brighton, and achieved English and maths qualifications, during their programmes.
The youngsters received their awards in front of family, friends and the new Mayor of Brighton and Hove, Cllr Alexandra Phillips, who delivered an inspiring speech, as well as representatives from local firms, Jobcentre Plus centres and other partner agencies.
Brighton 21-year-old Miranda Malyango (pictured below, left) who won the Outstanding Achievement in Business Administration Award at the Celebration Event in North Road, now plans to become a social worker after her “fantastic experience” with Skills Training UK.
Miranda said: “I’ve had a great time with Skills Training UK and really loved my Business Administration course. The tutors helped me become who I am today. They have helped me with my communication skills and improved my confidence.
“The whole experience opened my eyes to a career in social work because I want to help children – particularly disadvantaged children – to progress in their education and to just care for them in general. I really hope I now go on to achieve great things.”
Other winners included Matthew Stevens and Joseph Mills (Outstanding Achievement in Maths Awards), Rebecca Law and Owen Strange (Outstanding Achievement in English Awards), and Oussama Barakat and Todd Wheatland (Special Recognition Awards for Dedication to the Course).
Learners also handed out their own Student Awards to recognise one another, such as Molly Downard (pictured below, right) who received the Best Attendance Award from fellow learner Paige Griffiths (pictured below, left).
Cllr Phillips said: “I was so pleased to attend Skills Training UK’s Celebration of Success event which opened my eyes to the support that their tutors and local businesses provide to young people so they can fulfil their potential and start a rewarding journey of work.”
Learners at Skills Training UK are supported to complete work placements with local employers, and qualifications in English and maths, but they also dramatically improve their personal skills such as confidence and communication, allowing them to progress into employment, further education or an Apprenticeship.
Astrid Holm, a Work Coach at Brighton Jobcentre Plus, praised their partnership with Skills Training UK, saying: “When a young person comes to us, they might be unsure of themselves or lacking confidence about their future, but we know we can refer them to Skills Training UK because they’ll have the programmes, environment and tutors to help.”
Graham Clarke, Director of Education and Social Mobility at Skills Training UK, said: “We were honoured to welcome the new mayor to our biggest-ever Celebration of Success in Brighton – which also marked the one-year anniversary of our move to our new training centre in the heart of the town. Our learners fully deserve to be recognised for making fantastic progress in such a short amount of time and we wish them well for the future.”
Skills Training UK’s Brighton Training Centre in North Road provides vocational BTEC courses for 16-18s and work-based Traineeship programmes for 16-24s. For more information, call 01273 666389 or email firstname.lastname@example.org