On Thursday 28 January 2021, Worldskills UK celebrated those making a positive difference in the skills system as they revealed the winners of their Diversity and Inclusion Heroes Awards at a digital ceremony. The Awards honour, celebrate, and shine a light on individuals and organisations who are going above and beyond, championing diversity and inclusion within their organisations and the wider skills system.
Festo was pleased to sponsor the Role Model award which was won by Gareth Fallows, Managing Director, Acorn Training Ltd. Highly commended were Dr Paul Phillips, Principal and Chief Executive at Weston College and Fiona McGarry, Engagement Manager at Make UK. Fiona McGarry said "I am thrilled to receive Highly Commended in the Role Model Award at the WorldSkills UK Diversity & Inclusion Heroes Awards. I'm extremely passionate about Diversity within Engineering and ensuring everyone is represented in manufacturing. Thanks to Make UK for giving me the opportunity to make a difference".
Worldskills UK established these awards as they are passionate about equity, diversity and inclusion. They believe in a society where young people’s lives are transformed by skills education and whose commitment to apprenticeships and technical education excellence is universally respected.
WorldSkills UK are an independent charity and a partnership between employers, education and governments. Together, they are raising standards in apprenticeships and technical education so more young people get the best start in work and life. They inspire young people via their careers advice resources to choose excellence through apprenticeships and technical education as a prestigious career route on their path to reaching their potential, whatever their background.
WorldSkills UK develop excellence in young people by testing and assessing their skills and knowledge against their peers through their national and international competitions programmes, improving their confidence and potential. The aim is to help improve standards of teaching, training and assessment through international benchmarking to help young people, employers and the UK economy succeed.
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