Joan is crowned WorldSkills Unsung Hero Award winner at Tes FE Awards 2020

Joan is crowned WorldSkills Unsung Hero Award winner at Tes FE Awards 2020

The Trafford College Group's very own Assistant Principal, Joan Scott, has been announced as the winner of the first WorldSkills Unsung Hero Award at the Tes FE Awards 2020.

The award, sponsored by NCFE, recognises the dedicated professionals who go the extra mile to support the competitors who take part in WorldSkills UK competitions and who may go on to compete at the international WorldSkills and EuroSkills competitions.

Joan received the award in recognition of her tireless efforts over several years to help raise the profile of Skills Competitions across Greater Manchester and the UK.

This commitment to Skills Competitions was rewarded just some weeks ago when Joan led the Trafford College Group’s successful application to be the first college in Greater Manchester to become a new WorldSkills UK Centre of Excellence in its opening year. The College will now be working closely with a network of 20 colleges across the UK, using unique insights into global skills systems to mainstream excellence in skills development.

Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE, Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK said: “On behalf of everyone at WorldSkills UK, I want to congratulate Joan on this fantastic achievement.”

“Joan is the epitome of an unsung hero. A real grassroots champion who has worked very hard to achieve significant growth in the number of young people, not just who attend the Trafford College Group but right across the North West, getting access to the benefits our training programmes offer. I look forward to continuing working with Joan to encourage more young people to choose apprenticeships and technical education as a prestigious career route.”

Principal of Trafford College, James Scott added: "Joan has consistently strived to ensure that Skills Competitions are no mere “add-on” or enrichment activity, but in fact a fundamental element of skills development to enable our students to develop mastery in their chosen fields - moving from competence to excellence.

"This has been reflected in the large number of students at The Trafford College Group - in both Trafford and Stockport - who have won medals for their brilliance.”

Joan commented: “It means a huge amount to be recognised by the FE sector and especially by WorldsSkills UK. The work they do is amazing; helping young people to excel, realise their full potential and be recognised in national and international competitions. I’d love every student to benefit from skill competitions as it can be life changing.

“I was involved in competitions when I was studying, and I became hooked. I know personally what a difference they make; you never forget the experience and it helps your own personal development. Personally, I feel skills competitions bring teaching to life; they give a young person the opportunity to develop excellent skills and fast-track their career.

“I’ve heard of employers recruiting young people purely on the grounds that they have been involved in WorldSkills UK competitions, as they are impressed by the dedication, commitment, resilience and skills needed to compete at this level. As a consequence, local employers gain a more highly qualified and performing young workforce which will support higher business productivity – so everyone wins!”