Midlands regional winners announced at learndirect Inspiration Awards

learndirect learners, businesses, staff and centres are celebrating today after being crowned the winners at a regional ceremony for the learndirect Inspiration Awards.

The midlands regional ceremony was held at the Hilton Hotel in Coventry on Thursday, 15 May. The sun was shining and it was a great day hearing some really inspirational stories from the shortlisted finalists and winners.

The winners from the day were:

Learner support award – Lisa Samuels

Centre of the year award – Corby Employability Centre

Business impact award – Tendercare

Into work award – Thomas Mace

Star apprentice award (16-19 age category) – Abbie Shaw

Star apprentice award (19-24 age category) – Thomas Baker

Star apprentice award (24+ category) – Shelley Bowler

Career progression award – Misba Mahmood

Inspiring learning award – Anthony Dorgan

The learndirect Inspiration Awards celebrate the incredible learners going that extra mile to develop their skills, as well as the businesses and learndirect centres and staff supporting them. The nominees include learners who have overcome personal difficulties to learn and have gone on to find a job or move up in their career, as well as businesses who have thrived as a result of improving the skills and motivation of their workforce through learndirect.

Regional winners will now go forward to a national judging panel, where they will compete with others from across England, Scotland and Wales for a national award. The national winners will be announced at a national ceremony to be held in London on 11 June 2014.

Iain Salisbury, Group Director of Skills and Employability at learndirect hosted the ceremony in Coventry. He said: “The Inspiration Awards are a great opportunity for us to celebrate inspirational local people from all walks of life. The standard of nominations this year has been extremely high, showing the drive and determination of people in the midlands to improve their skills and make a change to their life. It was a privilege to meet all the finalists and hear the inspirational stories of the winners.”

For more information about the learndirect Inspiration Awards visit www.learndirect.com/awards