Celebration event recognises achievements of young people in London

August 2nd, 2018

Young people who have turned their lives around and achieved qualifications to help progress their future careers were celebrated at an inspirational awards event.

Independent training provider Skills Training UK recently hosted the showcase at Ealing Town Hall for learners based at its three London training centres in Ealing, Hounslow and Wembley.

The 16-24 year-olds were presented with awards and certificates to recognise their hard-earned achievements, alongside local employers and representatives from schools, colleges, local authorities and Jobcentre Plus.

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The learners, many of whom struggled at school or have overcome personal challenges, have achieved vocational qualifications with the support of Skills Training UK. They also completed work experience placements, qualifications in English and maths, and have a newfound confidence which has helped them to progress into employment, further education or an Apprenticeship.

Mansi Desai, 18, received the Outstanding Traineeship Award for her achievements. In her acceptance speech, the Wembley learner said both her qualifications and personal development had laid the groundwork for a fulfilling career in the world of business.

Mansi (pictured below) said: “I’ve loved my journey with Skills Training UK. I’ve learned how to develop my skills and gain confidence, and received great support from all of my teachers. It was challenging at times but it really has improved my self-esteem and skillset. My advice is to never regret a day in your life – good days give you happiness, and bad days give you experience.”

The celebration event also showcased the talents of local performers Logic Poet Rapper and Diamantina, while Wembley learners Omowwunmi Kosoko and Aashna Gautam performed a series of dance routines.

The Outstanding Study Programme Award was given to 18-year-old Zureya Ntege for achieving qualifications in maths, English and Business. She now plans to study towards an Apprenticeship in Fashion Design.

The Ealing learner (pictured below) said: “My childhood dream was to go into fashion and I now have the confidence and skills to pursue this, all thanks to Skills Training UK.”

Graham Clarke, Director of Education and Social Mobility at Skills Training UK, said: “I am incredibly proud to recognise the achievements and positive progress made by the young people on our vocational training programmes across London. They have achieved so much in such a short space of time, and we wish them the best of luck as they embark on the next steps in their careers.”

Skills Training UK currently has 674 learners at training centres in Hounslow, Ealing, Wembley, Dudley, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Birmingham and Brighton. Through strong partnerships with local employers, schools, colleges and Jobcentre Plus, it offers young people, some of whom are the hardest to reach, a chance to take their first steps towards employment or continued learning.

To find out more about starting a Traineeship, Apprenticeship or vocational training programme at Skills Training UK in London, visit www.skillstraininguk.com/our-centres or call the Ealing centre on 0208 840 8993, the Hounslow centre on 0208 570 5495 or the Wembley centre on 0208 795 5096.