Blog > Believe In Gloucester Awards- The Winners!

30th November 2015

The competition was hotly contested, so we are very proud to announce that Prospect Training Services is Believe in Gloucester's 2015 Business of Year!

Prospect Training Services Winners of the Believe in Gloucester Award Business of the Year 2015

It's an award we don't take lightly and we acknowledge we could not have won without the incredible hard work of all of our staff or the amazing things our learners achieve which inspire us to be the best versions of ourselves each day. Prospect Training Services is made up today of over 100 staff, every one of whom contributes daily to the delivery of our high-quality education, from eLearning to classroom-based courses. It was only natural then, that when our names were called, we took it upon ourselves to storm the stage as a group and represent all the individuals that make up our business.

Prospect Training won the 2015 Believe in Gloucester Business of the Year and Sports Champion of the Year

For over 20 years, Prospect Training Services has been at the heart of Gloucester, providing resources and second chances to those who need it most throughout the city and county. “There’s always a supportive network of very diverse and friendly members of staff,” Helen Burnham, one of the tutors who works closely with a number of challenging learners comments. “It is a family business and that’s what makes it special, everyone looks after each other.” Gloucester-born Louise Pinnell, Prospect's founder, has sought to help Gloucester’s citizens fulfil their full potential since the company’s inception, helping over 45,000 young people and adults who are not in education, employment or training get back into work. The work our staff do is life-changing; not only for the individuals we help, but also their families, their futures, and for the Gloucester community as a whole. The ripple effect of a single person returning to work, or providing them with the skills to embark on a new career is paramount to sustaining a city’s economy. The social impact value calculator HACT estimates that the work our staff have done for our learners to be worth at least £11.78 million to the community. For the lives of the thousands of learners our staff have helped, the service provided has been invaluable.

We were also proud to sponsor an award for the Best Community Project, which was presented by David Evans to Rich Burge of Gloucester City Safe. Later that evening, Rich, whose not-for-profit company aims to reduce crime in the county, also received a well-deserved award for Ambassador of the Year.

David Evans presenting Prospect Training Services' sponsored award for Best Community Project to Rich Burge of Gloucester City Safe

It wasn't just the one award we were honoured to receive either. Our very own Mike Devlin, known to many as Spike, won Sports Champion of the Year. In addition to leading the way with our pioneering GOALZ Programme which uses sport as both an incentive and reward to help those aged 16-18 and not in education or training achieve maths, English and Sports and Active Leisure qualification, Mike also runs soccer camps, street football and Timmy Tigers for burgeoning young players. In Mike's nomination, Gloucester City Football Club player, Billy Jones explained: "it’s about more than being a tutor or coach; it’s being there for learners if they are having trouble at home, making them feel safe and supporting them in any way they need. Some of Mike’s learners have had substance abuse problems, issues in their personal lives and generally a tough time getting on well at school. But he realises that if you strike the right balance between being a mate and being professional, your learners are engaged, and at GOALZ they’re engaged in a programme that can have a huge positive impact on their lives, so it’s a role he takes very seriously."

Members of Prospect Training Services, winners of the Believe in Gloucester Award Business of the Year 2015 Believe in Gloucester Awards Winners Mike Devlin and Dan Pinnell

A wonderful evening, greatly attended with delicious food and excellent service was had by all so thank you to the Gloucester Rugby Club at Kingsholm, a perfect and fitting venue described by Phil Vickery as his cathedral. Jenny Eastwood joined Phil as co-host to lead the evening from start to finish with a video link from Brockworth's own Simon Pegg wishing everyone the best and also joking, "I do believe in Gloucester, because I was born there, so I know it exists." Jamie MacDonald of the Superhero Foundation gave an inspiring speech and tribute was also paid to 21-year-old Alex Harding who was the under-21 Gloucester ambassador just two years ago. Tragically, Alex recently passed in a tragic collision on the M5.

Dan Pinnell interviewed by the Citizen at the Believe in Gloucester Awards 2015 Members of Prospect Training Services enjoying themselves at the Believe in Gloucester Awards

It was great to catch up with so many pillars of the community, a perfect reminder that Gloucester really is worth believing in. In celebration, we even cracked out the selfie stick! We'd also like to take the chance to mention our short-listed competitors, Group HES, SFC Group, Steve Elway and Lee Fancourt. We were proud to even be considered equals among you!

Selfie stick of the team at the Believe in Gloucester Awards 2015 Louise Pinnell in the Citizen after winning Business of the Year at the Believe in Gloucester Awards

For a full list of the winners, visit www.gloucestercitizen.co.uk/Simon-Pegg-beamsw-Believe-Gloucester-Awards.

Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for up to date news and events from the education industry and the city of Gloucester.


Post a comment

Comment Form

Blog Categories

General

News

Related Blogs

Sorry, there are no related blogs to this post

We use cookies to help make our website better.

At the moment, your preferences prevent us from using cookies. OK otherwise Find out more.

Close

How we use cookies

As a shopping site we need to use cookies to track the items in your basket and your progress through the shopping basket. We cannot operate without this mechanism and as such if you do not want any cookies at all stored then unfortunately we will not be able to help you. The remaining cookies mentioned below can be turned off using the preferences described below.

Google Analytics is a marketing tool that allows us to see how our site is used, for example how many visitors we get and which pages are viewed most. This information is anonymous but requires cookies to track your actions on our website.

Social media links are included in our pages to provide links to social media tools like Twitter and Facebook, and enable you to bookmark or recommend our pages. This code includes cookies so that these tools can track how people use its service.

YouTube is used where we display a video on our website, and includes cookies that track actions such as clicking on related videos.

You can find out more about cookies at www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies

If you'd prefer us not to use cookies, please click here, or if you don't mind us using cookies please click here.