Humber careers and apprenticeship champions have highlighted the fantastic work going on in the Humber as they celebrate winning a series of prestigious awards.
At the Careers and Enterprise Company’s (CEC) Careers Excellence Awards 2019 two of four nominees from the Humber area won their categories, while the other two entries were also commended.
Meanwhile, one of the Humber LEP’s Employer Advisers also won Apprenticeship Champion on the year at the Apprenticeship Awards 2019 Yorkshire and Humber finals.
Philippa Hartley, Careers Leader at Huntcliff School in Scunthorpe, was announced as winner of ‘Careers Leader of the Year’ at the Careers Excellence Awards 2019.
The judges commented that: “Philippa embodies what a careers leader should be as a profession. She has taken the mantle and driven the careers strategy, getting parents on board and making careers the cornerstone of the school organisation. In a short period of time she has made phenomenal progress internally and externally.”
Huntcliff School, where Philippa works, was also ‘commended’ in the ‘Most Progress from a School or College’ category, in large part owing to Philippa’s outstanding work.
The CEC said that this success demonstrates significant achievement from the team at the Humber LEP in support of this school.
Sarah Barley, Trust Director of Employability at The Education Alliance, an academy chain that has schools in the Humber region including Malet Lambert, The Snaith School and South Hunsely, was announced as winner in the ‘Innovation of the Year’ category.
The judges commented: “The Education Alliance demonstrates the ability for an Academy Trust to develop its own curriculum, mapping each and every subject to the local market and to show it delivering in terms of driving employability and apprenticeships in the area in a way that is innovative, disruptive and creative”.
Meanwhile Stephen Logan, Deputy Headteacher at Malet Lambert, was also awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in the ‘Innovation of the Year’ award for his work as Social Media and Marketing Manager of National Careers Week.
The Careers Excellence Awards are presented in partnership by The Careers & Enterprise Company and The Gatsby Foundation. These awards are shining a light on best practice careers provision in schools, colleges, employers, local areas and providers across the country.
Meanwhile, at the National Apprenticeship Awards 2019 The Royal Air Force Award for Apprenticeship Champion of the Year was Nina Stobart from Phillips 66 Ltd.
Nina, an Employer Advisor at the Humber LEP’s Employer Advisor Network, said: “Just being able to support our apprentices, giving them the opportunity to help steer our education outreach work, and watch them grow beyond their technical roles whilst at the same time inspiring the next generation of apprentices in schools is quite simply priceless.”
Andy Crossland, Chair of the Humber LEP’s Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Group, said: “The Humber LEP congratulates all of the nominees and finalists from our area. The level of nominations and the national recognition they have received clearly demonstrates the huge amount of effort and commitment that education providers and employers in the Humber have made towards careers education, apprenticeships, and the development of employability skills”.
Claudia Harris, chief executive of the Careers and Enterprise Company, said: “The organisations and individuals recognised are setting the bar in careers provision across England and changing the lives of the children they work with. We are delighted to be able to celebrate their work and look forward to seeing their continued impact in the years ahead.”
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Huge congratulations to all of the regional winners. The National Apprenticeships Awards are a great opportunity to showcase the fantastic apprenticeship programmes available across the country and the amazing apprentices working in a range of exciting professions like hospitality, aviation and banking.
“Apprenticeships change lives, improve businesses and support local communities, so it’s great to see such a diverse range of employers and apprentices being recognised for their great work.
“I wish them all the best of luck for the final award ceremony in November.”