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Regional Learning and Skills Council Revel in Success

The executive director of the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) in Lancashire, Steve Palmer, has congratulated the successes from Lancashire in the National Training Awards.

National Training Awards are run by UK Skills on behalf of the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) and recognise outstanding training. Now in their 19th year, the National Training Awards are viewed as a benchmark for training excellence. Over 220 finalists from 25 industry sectors from across the UK took part in the final stages of the 2005 awards.

Lancashire Winners

And hailing from Lancashire there were two national winners. These were Burnley College and adult and community learning co-ordinator, Kailash Parekh, from Preston. Lancashire County Council won two North West awards, and Brothers of Charity Services in Chorley won one. In addition, the awards saw Fiona Duncan from Preston, and Lancashire County Council Pay Unit given the grade of highly commended.

Amongst her many activities, Kailash Parekh is an adult and community learning co-ordinator with Lancashire Adult Learning. She is also an adult learner herself, and said: “I am delighted with this award. My children were there at the ceremony too and they said that they want to follow in my footsteps, which means a lot to me. I work in lifelong learning and want to make sure I practice what I preach, so I”ll be continuing to set an example by learning.”

The next step is that National Training Award winners will now attend a gala ceremony at the Guildhall in London on 29th November. This will also be the place where UK Special Awards will be made to a selection of National Training Award winners.

Steve Palmer Congratulates Winners

Steve Palmer congratulated the winners, whilst also recognising the achievements of those who had been nominated in the very competitive field. He said: “Congratulations to all those who have worked to hard and gained recognition in the prestigious National Training Awards. My special congratulations go to Burnley College and Kailash Parekh for making it through to the National Finals.”

Hugh Bramwell from Burnley College was at the ceremony when his college received their win in the national award. Hugh said, “We are thrilled that the college has gained national recognition for training programmes for educational staff and development staff. It shows that progress can be made by giving a development focus to the staff. We are very much looking forward to going down to the national finals in London.”

Jethro Marsh

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