PACE Awards Winners

Over the past quarter we have received a considerable amount of nominations from our Supply Chain Partners who demonstrate the PACE Values on a daily basis. Our judges have discussed the nominations and we are pleased to reveal this quarters PACE Award winners.

Passionate

Tasmin Beer from Business Advice Direct Limited was nominated by her manager Fiona Wright for the Passionate value, in recognition for all the work she does with her learners to prepare them for their Traineeship placement.

Tasmin has been tutor to a cohort of trainees and has worked hard to support them by delivering work skills content and arranging interviews for placements. Fiona said that Tasmin has gone ‘above and beyond’ and praised her for changing delivery methods to better serve her trainees.

Fiona also recognised Tasmin for the outstanding support she has provided to the trainees and noted that the cohort had provided excellent feedback. To sum up, ‘her dedication and enthusiasm towards these learners has been absolutely brilliant’.

Tasmin started her career doing voluntary work before progressing to become a tutor at Business Advice Direct’s Hull Centre, where she delivers maths, English, IT and Employability.

When we asked Tasmin what makes her most proud of the work she does, she replied, ‘I’ve been given feedback about our traineeship candidates and from the employers, which has been very positive and when [the trainees are] in centre, they’re always telling me how much they are enjoying their placements. It would be a wonderful result if they were all successful in finding employment.’

Agile

Pat Dreyer at CEP Associates, who delivers Adult Skills in the North West, nominated her whole team for the Agile PACE value for their continuous hard work with learners and customers.

Pat told us that her team ‘always complete work to a very high standard… are very proactive […] and encourage learners to embrace change by seeking new skills and employment opportunities’.

CEP Associates promote a culture of positively embracing change and Pat’s team exemplify this, responding quickly to enquiries and the changing contract requirements from the government and the SFA.

At the centre they discuss a wide range of topics with learners on a monthly basis and then decide how best to promote the information in the centre. The team try various methods to engage learners, for example newsletters, information packs and visual displays, adapting their approach as needed for the topic and their current learners. Recently a discussion was held at CEP Associates with learners and centre staff to discuss what they thought British values are, in response to the requirement to promote these values. The outcomes of this discussion is displayed in the centre to promote further discussion and engagement.

Courageous

The Apprenticeship Delivery Team at Learning Links Europe Limited have been nominated by their supply chain manager Jo Unwin for the Courageous PACE Value award.

Learning Links deliver Apprenticeships in the North and have embodied the courageous value by making significant investments in their Apprenticeship delivery.

The Apprenticeships Delivery Team, headed by Zahra Moussavi, have put in place new processes and improved ways of working to improve their delivery.

For example, the team carried out an extensive data cleanse and have invested in recruiting in a data team to ensure that the improvements continue. As a result of the team’s hard work, supported by investment by the company, Learning Links have achieved a massive increase in their success rates and their quality and compliance has also improved.

Zahra said, ‘Learning Links Europe has a team of 45 staff working across the North East and North West of England.  After a long history delivering Adult Skills and Apprenticeships for learndirect, Learning Links made the decision in 2015 to focus solely on work-based delivery.’ She commented, ‘I am most proud of my team’s ability to persevere, facing the problems we have encountered with commitment, skill and professionalism’.

Empowering

Christine Blackwood from The Learning Curve was nominated by her colleague Rachel Loxton for the Empowering PACE Value, following some exceptional feedback received from one of Christine’s Work Programme clients.

Rachel told us that Christine, ‘…provides personalised support to her Work Programme clients to enable them to build their confidence and self-esteem that ultimately helps them make positive progress towards their goals’.

One of Christine’s clients said: ‘I just want to say a huge thank you to you for being such a kind, thoughtful and understanding woman. It is such a rarity in my life to have someone like you who listened and listens to me and my rambling thoughts and emotions. You are truly one of life’s treasures and I am honoured to have met you’.

Christine is a Work Programme Job Coach and has been working for The Learning Curve since 2012. Her work involves supporting clients not only with employment needs but also with any health needs or barriers that clients may have.

We asked Christine what makes her most proud of the work she does and she said: ‘The best part about my role is working with some of the most disadvantaged clients and seeing them develop and achieve, even in a small way.  There is nothing better that seeing someone move forward and achieve when they didn’t think they were able to do it.’