West Midlands youngsters recognised at special awards events

December 13th, 2018

Special celebration events have been held in the West Midlands to recognise the achievements of 16-24 year-olds on Skills Training UK’s Traineeship programmes. At events in Dudley and Walsall on December 3 and 12 respectively, certificates and awards were presented to around 100 young learners for their hard work and positive progress towards achieving their career goals.

Skills Training UK’s training centres in Dudley and Walsall offer young people opportunities to achieve vocational qualifications, improve their English and maths skills, and gain work experience with a local or national employer. Tutors also support learners with CV and interview skills so that they are ready for their next step, such as an Apprenticeship, full-time job, or further education.

Trained mental health first aiders also provide one-to-one mentoring and advice workshops for learners needing additional support.

Matt Small, of Dudley, (pictured above) was presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Skills Training UK celebration event in Dudley. The 20-year-old was described by Suzanne Baker, Centre Manager, as a “kind-hearted individual who offers friendship and support to everyone” and praised for his “exceptional manners, attendance and teamwork”.

Other award winners in Dudley included Connor Pritchard (aged 16), who won the Exceptional Traineeship award for his strong work ethic, and Raminta Subaciute (aged 23), originally from Lithuania, won the English Award after progressing to achieve a Level 2 qualification in English.

Meanwhile, at the Walsall celebration event, Georgie Taylor (aged 21), won the Inspiration Award, Olivia Brindley (aged 18) received the Young Learner of the Year Award, and Azizul Haque (aged 21) went home with the Learner of the Year Award.

Certificates were also presented to local employers, Jobcentre Plus, community projects and other agencies in recognition of their vital partnerships with Skills Training UK.

Graham Clarke, Director of Education and Social Mobility at Skills Training UK, said: “Congratulations to the brilliant learners across our West Midlands centres for all making positive progress on our Traineeship programmes.

“Many of these young people arrived at Skills Training UK with low confidence, few or no qualifications, and some have faced challenging circumstances in their personal lives. However, in a short space of time and through the support of our tutors, it is inspiring to see how they have overcome obstacles to succeed and take their first step on the career ladder. We wish them all the best for the future.”