We have had some extremely strong contenders this year from learners who have excelled in their chosen qualification and inspired others or made a difference to their team or community.
We have managed to narrow it down to three finalists, who are all more than deserving of this award for different reasons:
Dan Simpson – nominated by his Skills Tutor, Ben Harris, Dan’s progression has been outstanding. He completed a Customer Service Apprenticeship and went on to work on front of house reception/admin; he impressed his employers in this role and quickly progressed to become a trainee Duty Manager. To further enhance his flourishing career, Dan has now signed up for the ICON management level 4 programme.
Corinne Potts – Corinne was nominated by her Skills Tutor, Mark Whitmarsh. Corrine has progressed from Business Admin to leisure management. She completed her qualification early and is racing ahead with her fitness level 2. Mark commented that Corinne is ever reliable and enthusiastic and is an excellent role model and advert for work based learning.
Luke Watson – Skills Tutor, James Coates nominated Luke as he has completely turned his life around. Luke had previously been in trouble with the police and his future looked bleak, however he decided to apply for a Traineeship with ICON in 2014; he excelled in this and went on to gain an Apprenticeship with the employers. He is now working towards his Customer Service level 2 qualification with the aim of working his way up through the company.
Last year’s winner was the inspirational Monique Newton, who overcame many different obstacles to get where she is today; to read more on Monique’s unique story please click here.
Good luck to all our finalists, who all deserve recognition for their hard work and dedication. We will be announcing the winner and two finalists on Monday, 9 March.