VQ awards Shortlist
Thank you to everyone who nominated an individual or employer!
We've had some incredible nominees, and truly inspiring stories
come through, demonstrating the outstanding skill, achievement and
commitment of vocational learners across all disciplines.
The regional finalists have been shortlisted!
For the Learner of the Year award there will be one overall
regional winner selected from the shortlist and for the Employer of
the Year award one winner will be selcted from each catagory.
All of these winners will be invited to attend the awards
ceremony at The Houses of Parliament on 4th June where the overall
VQ Learner, sponsored by OCR, and Employer, sponsored by City and
Guilds, of the Year awards will be announced by Skills Minister
Wales winners will be invited to the awards ceremony at Coleg
Morgannwg's Nantgarw Campus on 5th June in the company of Deputy
Minister for Skills and Technology, Jeff Cuthbert AM.
In Northern Ireland the VQ awards ceremony is taking place on
5th June in the Great Hall in Parliament Buildings in Belfast.
It will be hosted by local TV presenter, Tina Campbell.
The Skills Minister will be giving the main address and
presenting the certificates to the finalists and overall
The Scottish presentation will take place at the
college/employer/learning provider of the winning student.
2013 VQ Employer of the Year Shortlist
Large Organisation England
Veolia Group, Northern Power Grid, McDonald's, Homebase, Ford
Retail, Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club
Trewicks, Fiander Tovell, Elements Lifestyle, Crunch
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Flintshire County
McGee's, Moy Park, Schrader Electronics, The Wright Group,
Ulster Gaelic Athletic Association
2013 VQ Learner of the Year Shortlist
East of England
Michael Keen, Kelly Craik, Nadine Biayi
Rachel Warnett, Christopher Cain, Lauren Forest-Moore
Charles Brockbank, Elizabeth Shepherd, Adrian Craig Wetton,
Aaron Freeman, Jodie Everson, Adam Wilcocks
Georgina Millington, Liina Pukk, Mihai Bogdan Sucito
Toni Astbury, Anita Yeomans, Joe Latta
David Hassall, Rachel Lane, Hanifa Aboobaker
Connor Haley, Marc Kouablan, Melissa Bexley
Yorks and Humber
Nicola Barber, Mark O'Reilly, Philip Benjamin Rudd
Leo Hacker, Helen Wynne, Tomi Jones
Lucia Cerda, Chris Douglas, David Ferran, Justin
Guiney, Danielle Hunt, Joshua Maxwell, Jacqueline
McCaughey, Paul McDermott, Lynsey McGarrigle, Gerard
Ashleigh Boyle, Ross MacMillan
Find out about our 2012 winners below or watch our 2012 event
film on YouTube.
2012 Winners' stories
HND Graphics, National Diploma in Art & Design
Achieving the highest triple distinction possible in his
National Diploma in Art and Design, Dave went on to complete an HND
in Graphic Design before setting-up his own marketing and design
agency, elloDave, which employs students who want to follow in
his footsteps. In his spare time he's studying for a Masters
in Design Management.
BTEC National Diploma in IT
Corinne achieved a triple distinction in her BTEC National
Diploma in IT, and is now in her third year of university, on track
to receive a first class honours degree in Education. Her passion
for teaching - exemplified by her eagerness to volunteer and
support her peers at college events made her a standout candidate
for the award.
Level 2 Diploma Professional Cookery
Joseph, who has successfully completed a Level 2 Diploma in
Professional Cookery, impressed the judges with his leadership of
the college hospitality team's enterprise project, The Forest
Ferret, which now sells its own range of jams and preserves in
outlets across the Mansfield area. This resulted in him being
hand-picked by West Nottinghamshire College to attend an evening
reception of the London Entrepreneurial Exchange.
Rachael de Bose
After taking on an office management position at construction
company QSS, Rachael's responsibilities were extended to
bookkeeping and accountancy. To enable herself to excel in her new
role, she independently signed up for the Association of Accounting
Technician (AAT) qualification, completing all three levels in
eight months, in addition to working a full time week. Now
proficient in two roles, Rachael has become invaluable to her
employer and is on her way to becoming a Chartered Accountant.
Level 3 Diploma in Public Services
James excelled at college and showed commitment and dedication
to the Fire Cadets, where he volunteers. He is currently placed at
Birchwood and Stockton Heath Fire Station as a Fire Cadet Leader,
where he helps other cadets and leaders work towards their BTEC
National Diploma in Fire Safety, and after completing his Level 3
Diploma in July, will be attending Wolverhampton University to
embark on a Fire and Rescue degree.
NVQ3 & ACA3 in Bench Joinery
After completing his NVQ 2, ICA, NVQ 3 and ACA in Bench Joinery,
Adam has won various awards including SkillBuild Regional Bench
Joinery Competition in 2007 and the SkillBuild National Bench
Joinery Competition in 2008 along with competing in WorldSkills
2008 and 2012. His success is continuing to grow as he is now
the manager of his own business.
Advanced Level 3 Management
Ian seized the opportunities during his apprenticeship at
Cotswolds Outdoors and surpassed expectations in his performance.
Having demonstrated his capability by boosting sales figures and
successfully aiding a store launch in Newcastle, Ian was selected
to manage another store when a colleague fell ill and managed
to heighten productivity and morale, he increased loyalty
card openings from 8% to 22%.
Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Health (Pharmacy Services)
Margaret overcame life-long learning barriers to receive a
distinction for her Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Health
(Pharmacy Services). After completing her Apprenticeship, based at
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary's Pharmacy Department, Margaret
successfully applied for the position of Staff Health and Wellbeing
Champion for Pharmacy.
NVQ3 Professional Cookery & Hospitality Supervision
Chris secured seven vocational qualifications in the field of
food and hospitality as well as excelling in various competitions.
He now works at the world-famous Roux family at the Waterside
Inn in Bray and continues to return to college regularly to offer
advice to students.
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Musical Theatre
A real life 'Billy Elliott' from Bridgend who has set the dance
world alight with a talent and commitment his college tutors had
rarely witnessed before, has won a Wales-wide award for his
efforts. Adam Taylor, 18, from Bridgend, has been named VQ
Learner of the Year.
HNC in Mechanical Engineering
Kyle Wilson, who completed a Mechanical Engineering
Apprenticeship, was named VQ Learner of the Year 2012 for Scotland.
He was presented with his award at Forth Valley College on
Wednesday 20th June.
Levels 2 and 3 in Electro-Technology
Adrian Canning, an electrician with RMG Electrics in
Limavady, was announced as the Northern Ireland VQ
Learner of the Year 2012, after winning gold medals in
Skillbuild NI electrical competitions as well as winning the
Skillelectric UK final in 2011. He is currently vying for a place
in Squad UK at Worldskills 2013.