Ealing and Wembley youngsters recognised for transforming their lives at awards ceremony
June 27th, 2019
Inspirational West London youngsters who have overcome huge personal challenges to change their lives with new qualifications and employability skills were recognised at an awards ceremony held by Skills Training UK, a national independent training provider.
Around 120 people gathered at Trailfinders Sports Club in West Ealing, home to top rugby side London Broncos, for the London Celebration of Success event on Wednesday 19 June.
Young people aged 16 to 24 who studied towards Traineeship programmes and vocational BTEC courses at Skills Training UK’s centres in Ealing and Wembley were honoured with awards and certificates to mark their progression in front of proud families, friends and tutors. Local employers, Jobcentre Plus centres and local housing and other agencies who work in partnership with Skills Training UK were also there to congratulate the young people.
Noon Abubakr (below), originally from Sudan, won the Highest Achievement Award. The 16-year-old moved to Ealing in January 2019 with her two brothers and mother but was turned away by schools and colleges due to the timing of the academic year.
She was referred to Skills Training UK by Ealing Council and in just three months achieved qualifications in English, Maths, Customer Service, and Personal Development and Employability. She enjoyed a work placement at an O2 store and has now landed a job as a supervisor at educational theme park KidZania in central London.
She said: “I was scared when we moved – a new country, a new way of life – and it was frustrating sitting around all day when I just wanted to get on with my education and life, so I was so happy and excited to start with Skills Training UK. The tutors have been great and really built up my confidence and skills, and helped me when I had problems.
“It was one of the best moments of my life when I won the award in front of my family and new friends. I’m very proud of myself and can’t quite believe everything I’ve achieved.”
Other winners included Noon’s brother Sameer Abubakr (Most Improved Learner Award), Sami Mohamed and Chakaniya Chandran (Outstanding Study Programme Learner Awards).
Wembley learner Roxana Gaina, 17, (below) who also picked up a Most Improved Learner Award with qualifications in English, Maths and Customer Service, added: “I’m so happy to have won my award. I’ve improved so many skills, like my communication and confidence.”
Meanwhile, Wembley learners Deniro Shaimon Morally performed a dance routine to Bell Biv DeVoe’s 1990s classic Poison and Kacper Pluta delivered an outstanding piano performance, with melodies ranging from classical music to Star Wars.
Skills Training UK’s Ealing and Wembley centres provide vocational BTEC courses for 16-18s, and work-based Traineeship programmes for 16-24s. Learners also gain valuable work placements with local and national employers across West London and achieve English and maths qualifications during their programmes.
Raj Johal, a work coach at Ealing Jobcentre Plus, said: “We love referring young people to Skills Training UK because of our wonderful rapport and relationship with them. It’s fantastic to see for ourselves the learners progress, achieve and receive such great recognition.”
Aubrey Henry, Supplier Skills Manager at Transport for London, an employer partner with Skills Training UK which runs four-week pre-employment programmes to encourage under-represented groups into a variety of roles within their supply chain, said: “We have a fantastic relationship with Skills Training UK. We’ve employed several of their learners in recent years and they’ve all progressed very quickly and successfully in their roles. I’ve visited them personally and they’re all very ecstatic about their future careers.”
Martin Dunford OBE, Chief Executive of Skills Training UK, said: “Our Celebration of Success events provide an excellent opportunity for us to recognise our fantastic learners who have overcome some really difficult personal challenges to progress.
"They are all stars in our eyes. I’d also like to thank our wonderful tutors and our supportive employer and referral agency partners in Ealing and Wembley, which are critical to everyone’s success.”
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