Star student celebrated at Apsire2Work Awards

New Beginnings, based at Yorkshire Children’s Centre (YCC) in Huddersfield, celebrated a double win for staff and students on their Aspire-igen Study Programme at the Aspire2Work Awards on Friday 18th November.

Jack Perks took home the coveted High Achiever of the Year Award and Sammy Mitchell, YCC’s Study Programme teacher, was awarded Teacher of the Year.

Jack initially attended Brain Jackson College in Heckmondwike before continuing his journey through YCC’s other training courses. Since completing the New Beginnings programme, Jack is currently gaining work experience on the Talent Match programme.

The aspire2work Awards, held at The Carriageworks in Leeds and hosted by renowned Emmerdale star, Natalie Anderson, are run by Aspire-igen, a Yorkshire based social enterprise who work with various education providers across the region to deliver the aspire2work training programme.

The awards recognised the achievements of learners, as well as teachers, on the aspire2work vocational training programme, with 17 finalists selected from over 1,500 learners from across Yorkshire and Humber.

A panel of employers faced the challenging task of selecting the overall winners to be recognised at the Oscar style awards ceremony. Many of the learners that were shortlisted left school with few or no qualifications and within a year have gained English, Maths and vocational qualifications helping them move on to college or in to a job.

Donna Sylvester, Training Manager at Yorkshire Children’s Centre commented:

“We are immensely proud of our students’ incredible achievements and the awards are a fantastic way to celebrate their efforts. But we never expected to come away with 2 awards!” Teachers, learners and employers all work hard across the Aspire-I partnership to provide good quality vocational training to 16-19 year olds. A lot of the young people have not been successful in mainstream education and we offer a viable alternative to college and pre apprentice programmes. All those nominated deserved to win, but we are all extremely grateful that our hard work has been recognised in such an extravagant way.”

New Beginnings is a vocational engagement programme run from Yorkshire Children’s Centre in partnership with Aspire-igen that is designed to engage with young people aged 16 – 19 and give them the opportunity to gain essential skills and work related knowledge in a practical learning environment.

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