Apprentices and their employers and training providers up and down the country are being recognised for their achievements with a host of high profile award ceremonies this autumn.
The National Training Awards regional awards events are currently taking place throughout the UK, in preparation for the UK Final in London on 14 December 2006.
On 24 October, the National Training Awards’ Wales awards took place in Cardiff. Edexcel is delighted to announce that the winner of the Apprenticeship Provider award was Ysgol Hen Felin Training Centre, which is an Edexcel centre.
Janice Price and Joanna Read work at Ysgol Hen Felin special school.
In response to the lack of locally-based training provision for teaching assistants, they each gained a PGCE and obtained training as NVQ assessors and verifiers. They secured recognition for Ysgol Hen Felin as a training centre and created a working relationship with Cardiff-based provider a.c.t. to support their training.
Edexcel was the sponsor of the Wales Learner award and would like to congratulate the winner, Alan Peter Thomas. Alan did an apprenticeship via the Vale of Glamorgan Training Association, which led to a job with Crowbridge-based steel fabricators A P Engineering. Alan was soon producing eye-catching and prestigious wrought iron entrance gates. His skill and enthusiasm boosted his employer’s output of these products by 27% within a year. Now aged 22, Alan would like to study a BSc honours degree at the University of Glamorgan.
Edexcel was also pleased to sponsor the Rail Engineering category at the inaugural GoSkills Passenger Transport Apprenticeship Awards 2006.
Carly McGregor with Michelle Dewberry, Edexcel's Jim Coyle and Acting Chair of GoSkills, Stephen Telling
The winner was Carly McGregor of Network Rail. Carly was presented with her prize by Michelle Dewberry, winner of the popular BBC reality TV show The Apprentice.
“I am really pleased to present the Go for Excellence awards as I firmly believe in the value of workplace training and gathering skills that can lead on to further success. Employers who invest in their staff are leading the way in this sector. They are playing the long game and deserve recognition as much as the finalists.”
The Go for Excellence awards recognise outstanding performance by apprentices in each of the following apprenticeship frameworks, Aviation, Rail Operations, Rail Engineering, Road Passenger Transport, and Transport Engineering and Maintenance.
Jim Coyle, Senior Employer Business Manager, Edexcel, said:
"We are very pleased to support GoSkills in the sponsorship of the Rail Engineering Apprenticeship Award. Edexcel's BTEC National in Engineering is a vital ingredient in delivering the technical knowledge and skills and support, and enhance workplace competence."
Edexcel offers a range of qualifications for the transport sector, including engineering, managing passenger transport, taxi licensing and advanced driving. Pearson VUE manages the computer-based testing contract for the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) of Great Britain and the Driver and Vehicle Testing Agency (DVTA) of Northern Ireland.
Edexcel’s work with employers includes: reviewing existing learning and development, providing quality marques for training programmes and the organisation, and the identification and provision of national qualifications.
Edexcel’s business development team has helped many major organisations in the UK by recognising good practice, which aids business success through employee career development and progression. We work closely with sector skills bodies to ensure that our customised services are relevant to business.
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