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Competitiveness Young Achiever

Jade Bingham Congratulations!


Competitiveness Young Achiever Jade Bingham Nominator – Hedley Hall Training Through her own experience of being a young mum, Jade wanted to become a midwife, and recognised that she would need to improve her own basic skills before being accepted onto a FE course. Having these ambitions gave her the motivation to tackle her lack of numeracy skills. With the help of Hedley Hall Training she has overcome numerous personal challenges and upheaval and has completed her City and Guilds level 1 Numeracy and started level 2. She is currently undertaking voluntary work in a hospital and has applied for a course in midwifery, commencing in September.


Convergence Young Achiever

Dee White Congratulations!


Convergence Young Achiever

Dee White Nominator – Pentreath Ltd Dee’s life has been transformed in the past year, coming from a Young Women’s Centre and suffering from low self esteem and confidence. She has progressed through both Freestyle and E2E – enabling her to build and develop her personal and social skills through attending college, volunteering and embracing the opportunities on offer. Whilst on ESF provision with Pentreath Ltd Dee has demonstrated a keenness and determination to succeed and build a better future, starting an NVQ in Business Admin at Fifteen Cornwall. She is also working towards AAT (Accountancy training) at Truro College.


Competitiveness Personal Achievement

Conrad Hutchinson Congratulations!


Competitiveness Personal Achievement Conrad Hutchinson Nominator – Working Links Conrad has shown determination and focus in his dream to retrain and start a career in community care and support. He set himself a target to re-skill and gain a portfolio of practical qualifications and experience to help him find work where he can assist and positively encourage and motivate others less fortunate. Conrad has overcome many barriers, visibly improving his and his family’s lives and, most importantly, gives his time, energy, skills and humour back to the heart of the community through his employment at the YMCA.


Convergence Personal Achievement

Arron Edwards Congratulations!


Convergence Personal Achievement Arron Edwards Nominator – Fifteen Cornwall Arron says more about Fifteen Cornwall than any number of words can. He arrived with personal issues and was going nowhere. Seventeen months later he graduated with a distinction, going to a great job on the Isles of Scilly. When he returned he was snapped up by Fifteen – already showing signs of becoming the training chef he’d like to be one day. Fifteen helped changed his attitude – he changed his life.


Competitiveness Employment and Skills

Body Positive Congratulations!


Competitiveness Employment and Skills Body Positive Nominator – The Learning Curve Body Positive Dorset is a registered charity that has been supporting people living with or affected by HIV since 1989. As part of the Community Grant Programme the project has taken on learners that were furthest away from work and trained them to become trainers that will not only benefit themselves but benefit their community. In the future it is hoped that their trainers will be delivering HIV Training across the entire SW region.


Convergence Employment and Skills

Xtravert Congratulations!


Convergence Employment and Skills Xtravert Nominator – Real Ideas Organisation The Xtravert programme was designed to give fresh opportunities to a group of NEET youngsters within the Redruth area. The programme was hugely popular with a high attendance rate and not one drop out throughout the initial programme period. Xtravert is now being set up as a Social Enterprise Business, working independently on local community projects, to promote the achievements of the young people involved and, in turn, for them to demonstrate the benefits of giving youngsters opportunities.


Convergence Personal Contribution

Shaz French Congratulations!


Convergence Personal Contribution Shaz French Nominator – Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change (CN4C) Over the last 10 years, Shaz has battled to overcome numerous personal challenges, lone parent issues and a lack of qualifications being just a few. Whilst on a CN4C Working with People course she was encouraged to apply for a Trainee Advisor role being advertised within CN4C. She was appointed to the post in January 2009. In the short time she has been with CN4C she has shown integrity and understanding of the Communities in which CN4C work. This together with an innate business sense has helped her gain two further promotions within the organisation


Convergence Workforce Development

Hall for Cornwall Congratulations!


Convergence Workforce Development Hall for Cornwall Nominator – Truro and Penwith College Business Centre The Hall for Cornwall wanted to improve their interdepartmental communication and internal and external customer service. A series of in-house training Sessions for all staff was delivered through Truro and Penwith College Business Centre. Participation has made a huge difference to the business. It ensured each member of staff feels valued for their abilities within their role. It paved the way for a large number of staff to take NVQ qualifications. Customer satisfaction has increased as a result!


Competitiveness Employer of the Year

Auditechnik Congratulations!


Competitiveness Employer of the Year Auditechnik Nominator – Gloucester First Auditechnik a car repair and maintenance business had not previously been supported by ESF. Initial conversations with Gloucester First identified a number of training needs which were subsequently funded by the Programme. Feedback has shown impact to the business which includes improved productivity and performance, improved customer service levels and an improved working environment. Employees have become more confident and motivated, have improved decision making abilities and are embracing further opportunities for learning.


Convergence Employer of the Year

Mashfords Congratulations!


Convergence Employer of the Year Mashfords Nominator – Cornwall Marine Network Mashfords’ history of boat building and repairs dates back more than 80 years. However, during that period their human resources style remained virtually unchanged. Through Cornwall Marine Network’s training programme an impressive 80% of its workforce has now engaged in training. The training covered everything from maths and literacy, business administration, marine engineering and team leading. The training has been such a positive experience for both the Company and their staff that a specialist training room is being created and a member of staff is training as an in–house NVQ assessor.


Convergence Tutor/Mentor of the Year

Cynthia Thomas Congratulations!


Convergence Tutor/Mentor of the Year Cynthia Thomas Nominator – Cornwall School for Social Entrepreneurs The work that Cynthia has undertaken with participants on the Cornwall School for Social Entrepreneurs has far exceeded expectations and provided students with incredible guidance and support. She has inspired the participants helping and guiding them to set up their own businesses or seek employment as well as assisting with writing business plans. To date she has engaged with 250+ participants, 50 of whom are successfully self employed, many others having gained employment.


South West Outstanding Contribution

Carolyn Webster Congratulations!


South West Outstanding Contribution Carolyn Webster • Carolyn’s partnership work is second to none. She has built an excellent reputation both within Cornwall and further afield across the South West and Nationally. She has been a key player in achieving positive results from innovative ideas for example Fifteen Cornwall and the Eden Project. • Carolyn has been instrumental in raising the profile of ESF and Cornwall and how, by having a single pot of funding, the Cornwall Works model, organisations can make more effective use of the funding available. She is truly visionary, committed to excellence and gives her all to ensure the very best provision for those people in Cornwall who may need a little, and often considerably more, support to help them realise their potential in learning and work.


Congratulations!


South West ESF awards presentation