The seven UK regional winners of this year’s Sir Winfried Bischoff Award have been announced. Nominated by their school coordinators, the students have all shown remarkable commitment to developing their career prospects and made outstanding progress on the programme.
The judging panels for the regional awards included the Regional Manager, the Chair of the Regional Local Advisory Board, and regional employer representatives. The winners are:
- London and the South East: Lucas Ferriera from London Academy
- Midlands: Michael Lennox from Bournville College
- North West: Zainab Tejan Cole from Tytherington School
- Northern Ireland: Brian McAlister from Northern Regional College
- Scotland: Morven Petrie from Hillpark Secondary School Glasgow
- Wales and West: Tereza Kavalova from Cardiff & Vale College
- Yorkshire & Humber and the North East: Cameron Barber from Franklin College
All UK regional winners will be awarded £250 and a commemorative plaque, which will be presented at the Scotland graduation ceremony on 21 April. The winners have also been invited to travel to Career Ready’s head office in Canary Wharf for an opportunity to win the nationalaward.
The interviewing panel for the national award will consist of Anne Spackman, Executive Director of Career Ready, and members of the National Advisory Board. The two national winners of this year’s Sir Winfried Bischoff Award will receive an all expenses paid trip to New York City and a £500 a year subsidy to contribute towards university tuition fees.
Michael Lennox, winner of the regional award in the Midlands, said, “It’s a massive honour to be put forward for this award. I have thoroughly enjoyed my journey on the Career Ready programme and I would recommend it to people next year who have this opportunity.”
For the first time this year, Career Ready in Scotland selected five area winners, one from all the nominations received in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth and Kinross, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Thanks to support from Standard Life, all five area winners will enjoy 10 weeks’ paid employment over the summer.
Morven Petrie, overall winner of the award in Scotland, said:“It's been a great experience just being at the interviews, and to win the overall Scottish award made it even better! Winning the award in Scotland has meant the world to me. It’s made my family, friends and everyone proud. But most importantly, it has shown me that hard work pays off and it’s always worth it!”