We recently recognised our students, staff and employers at our annual Achievement Awards in Chelmsford at the Central Baptist Church on 3 November 2021.
Over 20 awards were handed out to learners, staff and employers from across the county in a wide range of categories from innovative use of technology (staff) to young learner of the year (learner). Walking off with Apprentice of the Year award was John Leppard who has completed an apprenticeship and now hopes to study marketing courses. His nominee was very impressed with his attitude: “John has impressed with his attitude towards life, his professionalism and enthusiasm to impact others’ lives. He overcame so many barriers during his learning journey and rather than allow them to be an obstacle he took them as an opportunity for personal growth.”
Other top accolades included an award to employer, Essex Social Care Academy (ESCA) winning the Business of the Year category. One of the nominations recognised the support and dedication of the team, “Every member of their team ensures that training and development not only for staff but for the foster carers, volunteers and others is always supported to ensure the best outcomes.” ACL Essex has been working with teams at ESCA to complete their L3 award in education. The standard of commitment and the quality of their work has been highlighted by ACL Tutors.
Cllr Tony Ball, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education Excellence and Skills remarks: “The ACL Essex Learners Awards is an amazing and heart-warming event. It’s wonderful to see the commitment learners from across the county have made to lifelong learning, students that embark on an ACL course benefit from new skills and career development, whilst also getting the chance to meet like-minded people on their courses.”
He added: “I’d like to congratulate all of the winners of the ACL Essex Awards plus their very hardworking teachers who have supported them on their learner journeys.”
As part of Lifelong Learning Week, 8-12 November, ACL Essex will be offering a series of taster sessions, workshops and short courses in a range of subjects online and in classroom settings. There will also be a chance to read learner stories too, click here to find out more.