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Going wild for vocational stars at the City & Guilds Lion Awards

Further education and skills achievers took a walk on the wild side to receive their honours at this year’s City & Guilds Lion Awards.

London Zoo was the setting as TV presenter Kate Humble, along with City & Guilds managing director Kirstie Donnelly and chief executive Chris Jones helped recognise the efforts of tutors, students and a college.

The winners were Amy Rush (National people’s choice award), aged 20 and from Flint; Polaris Dyas (apprentice of the year and outstanding achiever), 20 and from Chester; Anthony Gregg (learner of the year), 41 and from London; Scott Mitchell (tutor of the year), 44 and from Chatham; and Sisira Dharmathilaka (international learner), 44 and from Sri Lanka.

The remaining winners were the Royal School of Military Engineering/MKC Training (centre of the year) headquartered in Chatham; and April Poblete (future leader), 25 and from London.

Ms Donnelly said: “This year’s winners are shaping the future workforce – from young women such as winner Amy Rush who is blazing a path for other women in the UK’s male dominated motor industry, through to the committed lecturers ensuring individuals have the skills to allow them to achieve.” See for more.

Main pic: City & Guilds chief executive Chris Jones (far left), managing director Kirstie Donnelly (third from left) and TV presenter Kate Humble (centre left) with Lion Award winners at London Zoo on June 17


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