City & Guilds medal winners

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City & Guilds medal winners

06 October 2014

Photography student and a Sugarcraftstudent have each won a City & Guilds Medal for Excellence.

Paul Hayward from Woodley, and Catherine Maidens from Winnersh won their awards for outstanding performances in Photography and Sugarcraft respectively.

Only 118 winners are chosen from the 1.8 million people working towards City & Guilds qualifications each year.

These achievements come in conjunction with Adult Learners’ Week (15-21 May). This learning campaign encourages thousands of adults, whatever their age and background, to give learning a go.

 Catherine said:

“Winning is a surprise and a big honour, as so many people are nominated.

“This award is very encouraging because now I think, even in a competitive industry, ‘perhaps my work is a bit special’. It’s given me the belief that I could run a successful business and get clients, having been recognised for doing something a bit different.”

The winners enjoyed a regional winners’ reception aboard the HQS Wellington, before a national winners’ ceremony at The Royal Lancaster hotel in London last month.

 Paul said:

“I‘m really excited to get this unexpected recognition after lots of hard work.

“I decided to buy a camera for a hobby, and since then I’ve taken photography courses for the last 4 years. It’s been great to go back and study something totally different; to then have this achievement at City & Guilds level is something special."

Chris Jones, Director General and CEO, City & Guilds said:

“The Medals for Excellence winners represent the kind of people that will help grow the regions’ economy in the coming years –passionate, motivated and equipped with the talent and confidence they need to rise to the top of their professions.

“It is very unusual for a training provider to achieve more than one medal.”

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