MK College celebrates excellence at regional and national awards events

December 17, 2018

The Prison Services team has had a lot to celebrate this year as our education and employment programmes continued to grow and flourish in our prisons around the UK. This year in particular, there was huge competition for our annual awards events thanks to the many great accomplishments achieved by our fantastic teams of teaching and support staff, as well as our learners.

Following all our great events in the regions, our National Awards celebration took place in November where we recognised achievements across all the regions and gave out awards for those people who embodied our five core values.

The award for Excellence was given to an ex-learner from HMYOI Brinsford. This learner completed the Step into Construction course and was quickly employed by RMF Construction following his release. He then came back into HMYOI Brinsford to speak with other learners and tell them about his experience of the Employment Academy and the opportunity it’s given him. Despite his own challenges, he always shows true excellence in his attitude to succeed and was a worthy winner of this award.

Education Manager at HMP Nottingham Tracey Morley was awarded the Innovate award for her work as Advanced Practitioner for the East Midlands. Tracey developed many new initiatives to improve teaching and quality and her hard work had a real impact on the region.

The award for Integrity went to Ross Singleton, Deputy Education Manager, HMP Albany, for his dedication to his team. Ross’s motivation and leadership has led his team through a challenging time and he consistently goes over and above what is required of him.

Paul Clarke, teacher at HMYOI Swinfen Hall, was given the award for Respect for the fantastic relationships he builds with his learners and colleagues. He engages the learners on his course ensuring they enjoy their time and get a real sense of achievement from it. He is a fantastic ambassador for the college.

Finally, ex-learner from HMP Grendon and Spring Hill received the award for Inspire. This learner has had a tremendous journey during his time with us, coming from very little self-confidence to complete 5 courses with us and then going on to join the Redemption Roasters programme. He has really jumped at the chance to take advantage of the opportunities on offer and inspired many along the way to do so too.

Other awards were handed out to one of our students as part of the Flash Fiction competition for the short story ‘Manitou’ and the MK College Student of the Year Award for Offender Learning was shared again, which went to Ben from Foston Hall.
Each of our regions also had their own ceremonies to celebrate success at a local level – well done to all who received a well-deserved award this year!

East Midlands Awards
Leadership Award – Karen Carr
Employer Partnership Award – North Midlands Construction
Mentor of the Year – Peter
Learner of the Year (under 24) – Sam (HMP Stocken)
Learner of the Year – Nathan (HMP Stocken)
Improvement Award – Beth Simmons
Support Person of the Year – Tracey Morley & Jane Stevens
Teacher of the Year – Mark Lee & Elaine Coleman

West Midlands Awards
Leadership Award – Lisa Gulley (HMYOI Swinfen Hall)
Partnership Award – Gill Waldron (HMYOI Swinfen Hall)
Employment Award – Alison Tucker & Navinder Athwal
Mentor of the Year – Sean (HMP Featherstone)
Improvement Award – Elaine Powell (HMYOI Swinfen Hall)
Support Person of the Year – Anthony George (HMP Drake Hall)
Teacher of the Year – Paul Clarke (HMYOI Swinfen Hall)
HMP Acknowledgement Award – Christine Lewis (HMYOI Swinfen Hall)

South Central Awards
Leadership Award – Ross Singleton (HMP Albany) & Mark Fisher
Partnership Award – Simone Ettinger (HMP Woodhill)
Mentor of the Year – Stephen (HMP Parkhurst)
Improvement Award – The teams at HMP Grendon and HMP Woodhill
Support Person of the Year – Vicky Royffe (HMYOI Aylesbury)
Teacher of the Year – Helena Morgan (HMPs Grendon & Springhill)

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