Employment, Skills & Learning Awards 2018

Many thanks to all of those who attended our award ceremony

We recognised the amazing achievements supported by Bristol City Council’s Employment, Skills and Learning Team. Following a fantastic year, we had the opportunity to shine a light on the hard work and outstanding outcomes of our learners, ambassadors, employers and partners. Working together, we are helping to develop Bristol as a vibrant Learning City. In particular we would like to thank those who supported us in presenting our awards:

Councillor Anna Keen

Hillfields, Labour

Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Lee Probert

Principal and Chief Executive

City of Bristol College

Sue Rogers

Director: Education, Learning and Skills Improvement

Councillor Cleo Lake

The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Bristol

Dr Jacqui Jensen

Executive Director of Adults, Children and Education & Interim Head of Paid Service

South West Construction Academy (Partner award)
Taylor Wimpey Bristol Ltd (Employer award)
Alex Heal (learner award)
Joe Steedman (learner award)
Annmarie Benbow (learner award)
WRAMAS (partner organisation)
Janet Nawrocki & Kelly Harris (joint award) Learner Award
Mohammed Elatar  (Learner)
Lucy Morris (learner)
Keisha Cooper & Rebecca Lane (joint award) – Learning Ambassadors
Hartcliffe & Withywood Ventures (Partner award)
The Bristol Hotel – Shelby King (Employer award)
Jackie Caines (volunteer award)
Natasha Louis-Elizabeth (user award)
Lucy Shaw (user award)
Mazie Farzinka – Volunteer at Stoke Lodge
Susan Mayer – Volunteer at Stoke Lodge
Roy Hussey – Learner on Family History Course
Claire Frith – Learner on Floristry Course
Department for Work and Pensions Wendy Shambrook (partner)
Ben Wright, Bristol 24-7 (Employer)
Bethany Buxton (user award)
Alex Royle (user award)
Stacey D’arc (user award)
Abdul Adams (user award)
Kristy Hill (user award)
Yasemin Kahveci (user award)

Apprenticeships

South West Construction Academy (Partner award)

Since 2015 this partner has provided a personalised, professional and challenging programme for apprentice plumbers. This award for outstanding partner goes to South West Construction Academy.

95% of students pass exams at first attempt. We are so lucky to be partnered with this provider. Success and timely achievement rates across their plumbing programmes are the best ever this year – huge thanks to the South West Construction Academy.

Taylor Wimpey Bristol Ltd (Employer award)

The On Site Bristol programme is important for employers who want apprenticeships to develop their business based on the very best skilled people. This company and its local management team have always sought to raise the bar and insist on excellence. This award for outstanding employer of the year goes to Taylor Wimpey Bristol Ltd.

Working with them the On Site Team has progressively improved. Taylor Wimpey is always taking measured steps to improve and is always keen to develop raw talent in a supportive environment.

Alex Heal (learner award)

I am delighted to present this award which goes to a young man whose determination and positivity have enabled him to progress from a supported internship programme to a painting and decorating apprenticeship. This award goes to Alex Heal.

Through his On Site programme, Alex has developed impressive communication and trade skills. He’s nearing completed his programme and promises to be an exceptional craftsman – well done Alex.

Joe Steedman (learner award)

Apprenticeships combine on and off the job learning demands a degree of independence, particularly the electrical installation programme. This award goes to an apprentice who is an outstanding individual learner and has also helped to motivate his peers. This award goes to Joe Steedman

Joe has been so consistently strong in work and college – he’s doing so well it looks like he’s going to complete his training early. Joe’s talent shines through – he attained an all-time local record high score in passing the Scientific Principles of Electricity exam.

Annmarie Benbow (learner award)

This next young apprentice works in a challenging environment as a Business Support Assistant with the Council’s Through Care service. They have become a great role model and advocate for all young people and especially children in care. This award goes to Annmarie Benbow.

Working with passion, integrity and determination this apprentice had to face a number of challenges and within one year had not only caught up – she was ahead of her peers. A deserved winner of the recent Bristol and Bath Apprenticeship Awards.

WRAMAS – partner organisation

This service stepped in to run Benefits and Budgeting sessions on Roof Over My Head courses. These courses are designed to support Bristol housing tenants to be successful tenants with secure housing. Colleagues in this team stepped in at short notice – which was over and above their core work role. The Community Learning partner award winner this year is WRAMAS (Welfare Rights And Money Advice Service – Katherine and Kerry from WRAMAS – please come to the stage to receive your award..

Well done Katherine and Kerry – you improved the sessions by making them more engaging for learners. Your positive attitude to feedback means that you have helped learners develop their understanding of benefits, including Universal Credit, and also embedding the development of digital skills which is so important for further learning and work.

Janet Nawrocki & Kelly Harris (joint award) Learner Award

A joint learner award for two people who have attended Community Learning Courses and also done an outstanding job supporting others to come along, gain confidence and develop self-esteem. Our first joint award goes to…Janet Nawrocki and Kelly Harris.

Both Janet and Kelly are now employed as Early Years Support Workers at Knowle West Children’s Centre. They also volunteer in Cook and Play sessions and as a result have helped trial recipes and create a cook book.

Mohammed Elatar – Learner

Our next award winner came to Britain as part of the Syrian Resettlement programme. On arrival he had very little English but approached his English sessions with courage and tenacity. This award goes to Mohammed Elatar

As a result he planning to progress to an ESOL course at the City of Bristol College.

Lucy Morris- learner

This next award goes to a learner who successfully passed her Functional Skills maths at Level 2 in July 2017. She was a very supportive member of the group often helping other learners when they were finding the maths difficult. This award goes to Lucy Morris.

Following her maths course, Lucy went on to volunteer at an ESOL Conversation Club and is now working at Henbury and Brenty Children’s Centre.

Keisha Cooper & Rebecca Lane (joint award) – Learning Ambassadors

The next award is a joint award for two learning ambassadors who
have worked together supporting women who have experienced domestic abuse through the “Our Time” group. This award goes jointly to Keisha Cooper and Rebecca Lane.

Both Keisha and Rebecca champion learning as a way to make positive changes in life – they facilitate this by finding venues, raising funds and continually looking for progression routes for those they support.

Hartcliffe & Withywood Ventures (Partner award)

The first Partner award goes to an organisation that has worked tirelessly in the city for over 30 years to enable people to achieve a better quality of life and higher standard of living. This partner is delivering a Work Zone in the city which provides flexible careers guidance in south and central Bristol. Last year this provider engaged with 246 local residents and, through their personalised support, over 50 people have secured employment. Our Employment Support partner award goes to: HWV – Hartcliffe & Withywood Venturers.

HWV designed, built and manage the wonderful Gatehouse Centre in South Bristol. Here local people can access advice, training and employment support; there’s a great cafe, conference facilities, rooms for hire and a grade 2 OFSTED Nursery. It also provides essential and well-used start-up and longer-term spaces to rent for local small businesses, charities and support groups.

The Bristol Hotel – Shelby King (Employer award)

The next employer award winner has provided fantastic space and industry contacts to make the ‘Food, Drink, Jobs, Bristol’ series of Job fairs a really great success. With support from his employer, two hospitality jobs fairs have been made possible each year, providing a much needed focus on this continually expanding sector. This award goes to The Bristol Hotel.

I’m delighted that Shelby is here to collect the award – Shelby is a great advocate and skilled champion for her sector – helping to provide great entry point jobs for people seeking work and also offering a great career structure for those keen to progress. The Bristol Hotel is a worthy winner of our employer award category.

Jackie Caines (volunteer award)

Our next award is for an inspiring employment support volunteer. This person is always happy to give her time to everyone who walks into the Southmead Job club – helping with job applications and often going further to help people with their wider worries and concerns as well. This award goes to Jackie Caines.

Jackie is an active member of the Westcott Tenants and Residents Association and has run the job club there for the last 3 years. She’s also helped out at the Henbury and St Pauls Jobs Clubs too. Jackie attends local Job Fairs to help people apply for jobs – both on line and by email – helping them make contact with employers before they have a chance to leave.

Natasha Louis-Elizabeth (user award)

Our next award is to Work Zone participant for her exceptional courage and commitment in her journey back to work. This person is the parent of a young family who from the start has been very keen to work and “become a role model for my boys”. This person has undertaken a successful traineeship placement at the Buzz café in Lockleaze. She started as a catering assistant – because her delicious food attracted more customers this resulted in her being offered a job. She is now being supported to apply for a business grant to set up her own cleaning business; and she is excited to be her own boss in the future. This award goes to Natasha Louis-Elizabeth.

Natasha is a fantastic role model – she’s recently joined the ‘Future Bright’ programme so she can access additional funding to support business training. She has been assigned a volunteer business mentor, and she will be attending business start-up courses and networking events. Buzz Lockleaze will be her first cleaning contract when her business commences; in the meantime everyone will continue to enjoy the delicious healthy meals she cooks up for her role in the café.

Lucy Shaw (user award)

Our next award is going to a young person who is a great role model to others by achieving outstanding work in her first job at the Holiday Inn Bristol. This person was recruited onto a Bristol supported Internship programme and graduated in 2017. She was the first person on the programme to be offered a job. She started work as a Food and Beverage assistant and within a year is being trained for promotion. This award goes to Lucy Shaw…

From the start, Lucy was very committed, getting up at 5.30am in the morning to catch the bus to work in all weathers. Lucy has worked hard to master some complicated tasks with the help of a job coach. Lucy’s manager says that Lucy is one of his best staff members.

Mazie Farzinka – Volunteer at Stoke Lodge

Our first volunteer award is going to someone who has been serving much needed refreshments for learners during breaktimes at the Stoke Lodge Adult Learning Centre. The team wanted to recognise the helpful contribution of this person who is reliable, helpful and always smiling. This volunteer award goes to Mazie Farizinka

Sounds easy but 80-100 cups of tea or coffee in 15 minutes is harder than you might think!

Susan Mayer – Volunteer at Stoke Lodge

This second volunteer has been a huge supporter of Adult Learning. This person has worked with other residents to secure funding through the neighbourhood partnership to develop a wild and overgrown garden area at the Stoke Lodge adult learning centre. This award goes to Susan Mayer

Thanks to Sue, there are now paths, planters and a beautiful blank canvas where there were just lots and lots of brambles. Sue is still involved in moving the project forward with the aim of creating a quiet restful space that the whole community can enjoy.

Roy Hussey – Learner on Family History Course

Now to adult learning learner awards – this first learner award goes to someone who has been a bit of a star learner on his Family History course. This person has not only been working through and looking at his own ancestry but also helping others in the class and supporting other with their research. This award goes to: Roy Hussey

Claire Frith – Learner on Floristry Course

And finally, our second and final learner award goes to someone who has been making some stunning creations in her floristry classes. But this person wasn’t just nominated for her floristry skills, she was also nominated because staff said she is always really positive and a great champion for adult learning. This award goes to: Claire Firth.

Department for Work and Pensions Wendy Shambrook,

Our first partner award goes to a provider who has done a fantastic job by supporting experience of work activities in local schools. This partner has gone to the extra mile to link up suitable employers to the WORKS project and provide hands on support. This award goes to our local Department for Work and Pensions Team – Wendy Shambrook

Wendy has many years’ experience and a vast knowledge of the City and the needs of young people. She has been instrumental in the development of partnership working across a variety of projects.

Ben Wright, Managing Director

Bristol 24-7 Our next employer award goes to a local company that has been a great partner in promoting and supporting the WORKS project. This agency has been active participants in the whole programme – they are willing and happy to support in any way they can. This award goes to Bristol 24-7. Ben Wright is collecting the award on behalf of Bristol 24-7.

Bethany Buxton (user award)

The next 6 awards are going to young people who have shown true resilience – if you have a lot more adversity in your life – your achievements represent so much more. These amazing award winners been nominated by Kim Taylor, our participation support worker who has been helping young people in care and care leavers to fulfil their potential by finding the right opportunities and supporting them to progress. I’d like you to lift the roof as they join us here on the stage as we celebrate their achievements..

This young person enrolled with T2 to complete her English and Maths. She worked really hard and attained her qualifications whilst also completing a traineeship at Bristol City Council with the IT Commissioning Team. Our first award winner is Bethany Buxton

Whilst on placement Bethany was supported with job applications and she has now secured a business administration apprenticeship with the Council’s Through Care Team.

Alex Royle (user award)

Our next award winner worked really hard to secure a hairdressing placement with Reflections. She has developing her confidence and learning excellent hairdressing skills – adding to her amazing creative make up skills. A big cheer to Alex Royle, accompanied today by Rachel Gallop, Pre Apprenticeship Manager at Reflections.

All of the team at Reflections are delighted with the progress that Alex is making. Well done Alex for your work as you grow a fantastic future and career.

Stacey D’arc (user award)

This next winner has a job with Barnardos and she has been supporting other care leavers around their personal health budgets, taking some of her experiences and using them to help others. This award winner is Stacey D’Arc, accompanied today by Abby Grey, project worker from Barnados.

Stacey has spoken publicly about issues she believes in and fought for change. She has had great ideas about a helpline she would like to start to support other young people who may be experiencing mental health issues.

Abdul Adams (user award)

Our next winner completed his Level 2 electrical qualification and then set out to improve his English and Maths so that we could be accepted on an apprenticeship programme. Abul joined YES (Youth Education Service) and has been working hard to improve his grades. For his resilience and enthusiasm, the award goes to Abdul Adams.

Abul has completed four work placements with JeffWay, Lovell, Dynniq and more recently Midway Electronics. He’s now got several interviews for apprenticeships and things are looking very positive! Well done Abdul!

Kristy Hill (user award)

The next young person Kristy completed two work experience placements with the Council alongside her studies at HWV. She’s now completed her training and has got a job in the care sector. The award winner is Kirsty Hill.

Kristy is growing in confidence and has made a lot of positive changes to her life. Kristy is a very capable young person and has a lot of potential.

Yasemin Kahveci (user award)

Our final award winner completed her level 3 music course and has a great aspiration of going to University. Yas has applied for university places – shes’s been accepted by all of them and is now just deciding which one to choose! This amazing award winner is Yasemin Kahveci…

Over the last year Yas has worked with Step Together and completed two volunteer placements at the Trinity Centre and at Knowle West Media Centre. She has even made a film about her music practice with the help from a professional film maker.