Winners and Finalists 2019

Our winners!

At the heart of the VQ Day celebrations are the students, tutors and employers who take, support and promote vocational qualifications, which is why we hold the VQ Awards.

Learner of the Year Intermediate Level 2019

Charlotte O’Brien
Charlotte O’Brien

Charlotte started her career in the Data Science Campus at the Office for National Statistics and the completion of a Level 4 Data Analysis Higher Apprenticeship six months ahead of target was recognised by the ONS who rewarded her with a permanent position.

Charlotte now helps present Analysing and Presenting Data training courses to ONS staff and is a STEM ambassador for ONS which involves visiting local schools and colleges to share her vocational journey.

Her own learning path has taken her on to a second year in an Open University degree in Maths and Economics and hopefully a place on the inaugural Degree Apprenticeship in Applied Data Science later this year.

“The Apprenticeship has been a platform on which to grow and add valuable analytical skills to ONS as well as the wider community.”

Learner of the Year Higher Level 2019

Collette Gorvett
Collette Gorvett

Collette Gorvett’s three-year progression at Gower College Swansea from Level 1 Diploma in Professional Cookery through to Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery Kitchen & Larder has been exemplary.

But it is her involvement in Welsh, UK and European Skills competitions that have made her an outstanding advocate for vocational learning. Her learning journey has been relentless and her training provider believes that her achievements are inspiring others to succeed.

“I was once told my dyslexia would prevent me realising my potential. Through resilience, self-belief, studying hard, practical experience and through making and learning from mistakes, I hope I have proven those people who doubted me wrong.”

Trainer of the Year 2019

Louisa Mallett
Louisa Mallett

For trainer Louisa Mallett the well-being of the learner goes hand in hand with any qualification achieved.

Louisa is an exceptional and innovative trainer, passionate about teaching and working tirelessly to deliver creative and engaging workshops.

Louisa believes that her own professional development is also key to maintaining standards. She has completed a Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Advice and Guidance, is currently on an introduction to Counselling course and a Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Business Administration.

“My personal drive is wanting to make a difference to our learners. Real learning does not take place without an emotional connection and innovative thinking.”

Employer of the Year 2019

Scarlet Knight Hairdressing
Scarlet Knight Hairdressing

Scarlet Knight’s staff-focused approach has sculpted a team of passionate, dedicated and respectful employees who are encouraged to continue their training in order to progress their own career paths.

Ambitious plans for the future include developing a team member to become an on-site assessor to accelerate on-the-job progression, and a goal to opening their own dedicated training academy to support a larger number of apprentices.

“Since 2012, we have helped numerous individuals gain a career within the hair and beauty industry. Some of which have stayed with us in full time employment and others have had the confidence to go and start up their own business.”

VQ Learner of the Year Finalists

VQ Trainer of the Year Finalists

VQ Employer of the Year Finalists