National winners of the 2015 Sir Winfried Bischoff award announced

Lucas Ferreira, London Academy, and Cameron Barber, Franklin College, have been named as the national winners of this year’s Sir Winfried Bischoff Award.

The results of the award, which celebrates outstanding students who have made the most progress on the Career Ready programme, were announced at the Career Academies UK Scottish Graduation ceremony in Edinburgh on 21 April 2015.

The award recognises the two students’ successes and highlights their commitment to their future career. The judging panel commended Lucas and Cameron on their dedication to the programme and hard work through their internship.

Speaking of his experiences on the programme, Lucas Ferreira, London Academy, said: “Before I joined the Career Ready programme I was experiencing extremely difficult circumstances. I left education temporarily to find full-time work and I lacked confidence, focus and was completely unaware of my own abilities.

“On the Career Ready programme I have had life changing opportunities to take advantage of and now I grasp every chance that I get.”

Cameron Barber is from Franklin College, who have also been shortlisted as finalists in this year’s Santander Career Academy of the Year award. He said: “When I started the programme I was incredibly shy and struggled to communicate in unfamiliar environments. I’ve gained confidence to speak to new people and useful contacts along the way.”

As national winners, Cameron and Lucas will receive an all expenses paid trip to New York this September as well as £500 a year for three years towards the cost of university. Cameron and Lucas were selected from seven regional winners from across the UK, who are also each given a prize of £250 and a commemorative plaque.

Anne Spackman, Chief Executive of Career Academies UK, said: “It was a humbling experience to judge the finalists of the Sir Winfried Bischoff Awards. The winners included people who were carers, were in care themselves and had overcome disabilities. They are all worthy winners at it was extremely hard to pick two students to win overall.”