Shortlisted for the TES Awards

Shortlisted for the TES Awards

The most outstanding individuals and institutions that the Further Education sector has to offer have been recognised in the shortlist for the 2020 TES FE Awards.

It's been revealed that Director of Adult and Community Learning at Trafford College, Joan Scott, has been shortlisted for the WorldSkills Unsung Hero award.

Joan, who has been at the College for more than 20 years, has taken on the mission to position the North-West as a competitive region, with the aim of it becoming the most proactive in the country in terms of WorldSkills UK activity.

Her over-arching vision is to ensure more students have the opportunity to take part in WorldSkills competitions and benefit from these life-changing, memorable experiences. As well as promoting competition within her own college, Joan is focusing on the region so hundreds more students can get involved each year. Ultimately students could represent Team UK, such as College’s Ben Metcalfe in confectionery and patisserie, helping the country do well in international competitions.

Within the college, Joan continually encourages and supports staff to use competitions to enhance teaching, learning and assessment. This acts as a catalyst, encouraging students at all levels to get involved. Joan also coordinates the Skills Competition Steering Group for the Greater Manchester Colleges Group (GMCG). This group delivers an annual series of skill competitions that involves 700 students entering 50+ competitions in ten sectors, hosted in all ten Greater Manchester Colleges.

Joan said: “It’s a huge honour to be shortlisted for the TES WorldSkills Unsung Hero award. As chair of the Skills Competition Steering Group for Greater Manchester Colleges (GMCG) we’re celebrating huge growth in the number of students and apprentices entering WorldSkills UK competitions year-on-year. We’ve also shared our experience across the region and helped the North-West to achieve record growth in registrations in 2019, becoming the region in England with the highest registrations, finalists and medal points.

“Across both Stockport College and Trafford College we have had our most successful year in 2019, with nine students through to the UK finals, winning a gold and two silver medals. I’m thrilled that Ben Metcalfe has been chosen for the UK squad, the experience he has had to date has been amazing and he now will further develop his talent in preparation for WorldSkills 2021 in Shanghai.

“WorldSkills competitions really do help students to ‘go further, faster’, this involves a huge amount of hard work on behalf of the students and their tutors. Getting shortlisted for this TES Award is a credit to our talented students and the fantastic team of staff we have working with them.”

Tes FE editor Stephen Exley said: “Excellent practice exists right across the further education sector, and those shortlisted for the Tes FE Awards are the cream of the crop. Our judges were extremely impressed with the calibre of entries. To be shortlisted is an extraordinary achievement."

The winners will be revealed at a gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday 20 March 2020