The Learner of the Year Awards is an opportunity for PeoplePlus Cymru to celebrate the achievements of our Learners, Partners and Employers through our contractors over the course of the last 12 months.
Today, we are celebrating the achievements of our Learners, Employers and Partners.
As PeoplePlus Cymru, our vision is to build and develop the most reliable, integrated workforce in the country and be a leading creator of opportunities, jobs and new ideas in Employability, Skills and Justice.
We achieve this through our 6 core values: teamwork, respect, commitment, reliability, creativity and integrity.
Through our primary contract Traineeships, a Welsh Government funded programme through European Social Funding, we support young people aged between 16-18 years old to combine education, training and work experience to prepare for work.
We are also here to celebrate our Apprenticeship Programme & Work Ready Scheme.
PeoplePlus Cymru Staff feel that our finalists all demonstrate these 6 core values in their work with us, that has led to their exemplary performance and achievement. The Senior Management Team were inundated with nominations for our 6 Awards today and narrowing down our finalists to just 5 for each category was a difficult task.
In order to be a finalist, our learners had to demonstrate a variety of attitudes but most importantly:
- A proven commitment to their learning programme
- Success in overcoming barriers to progress to the next stage of their learning programme
- And continued improvement in their achievements
Our employers have demonstrated commitment to our learners undertaking a placement or apprenticeship, supported learners throughout their learning programme and have gone above and beyond in their commitment to the learner and the programme.
All our finalists have worked extremely hard and overcome barriers to be here today and, for that, we celebrate you and your achievements.
I would like to thank Simon Thomas AM, Mike Hedges AM and Mick Antoniw AM in their sponsorship of this event which has meant that we can hold it at the Pierhead this year.
Dame Rosemary Butler has kindly agreed to join us today, Dame Butler is the Assembly Member for Newport West and has held this seat since 1999. Dame Butler has worked as Minister for pre-16 Education and Children, chaired the Culture, Welsh Language and Sport Committee, and served as the Deputy Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales before being elected to the position of Presiding Officer of the National Assembly by a unanimous vote of Assembly Members in May 2011. The Dame will be speaking to us on what Welsh Government are doing to promote Youth Engagement
We are also kindly joined by Julie James, the Deputy Minister for Skills & Technology, who will be opening the ceremony and who has also kindly agreed to present three awards for us today.
Julie James is the Assembly Member for Swansea West and prior to her time in the Welsh Assembly was a leading Environmental and Constitutional Lawyer. Prior to this, she was assistant Chief Executive at Swansea Council and spent most of her legal career in local government, working as a policy lawyer with the London Borough of Camden before returning to Swansea to work for West Glamorgan County Council and then the City and County of Swansea.
Nominated by: Janet Miller
“They always ensured that all learning resources were available and gave up their time to focus on the learners in order for them to achieve their apprenticeship. They have been consistently accommodating even willing to cancel any meeting they had scheduled for that day in order to be available to support our learners.