At the heart of the VQ Day celebrations are the students, teachers and employers who take, support and promote vocational qualifications, which is why we hold the VQ Awards.
Learner of the Year 2015
Simon completed a CITB carpentry apprenticeship with Jones and Johnson, Carmarthen, studying at Coleg Sir Gâr. He was encouraged to further hone his skills by competing in regional, national and international competitions, winning a gold medal at the WorldSkills UK regional heat/ Welsh National Final last year and a silver at Euroskills in Lille, France. Having secured a place in the WorldSkills Squad UK, he became self-employed last October and aims to employ an apprentice in September to pass on his skills and experience. Two weeks ago, at the final WorldSkills Team UK selections, it was fellow Welshman Owain Jones who secured the only carpentry competition spot for WorldSkills Brazil 2015. Showing a strength the generosity of character, Simon has pledged to do everything he can to support his compatriot in preparations for the international competition.
Employer of the Year 2015
Jenine Gill founded Little Inspirations in 2003 and for the past eight years has worked with training provider Educ8 Ltd who deliver courses in customer care, child care, essential skills, playwork and management training. More than 50 staff have been through training which has led to a high level of continuity and very low staff turnover. The apprenticeship programmes are funded by the Welsh Government with European Social Fund support.