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Skillstree Awards Nominate
Skillstree Awards 2016 Results – a celebration of time and commitment

The Worshipful Mayor of Basingstoke & Deane, Cllr Frankum, attended Basingstoke Consortium’s Skillstree Awards evening on 1 November at The Ark Conference Centre.  The evening celebrated the time and commitment businesses, schools, colleges and other partners invest in projects that support young people’s preparation for adult life and work.

In its fifth year, the Skillstree Awards is an initiative which enables us to publicly thank just some of the businesses and individuals who support our programmes each year.  With the kind support of our Skillstree sponsors and associate members: AWE, Basingstoke ITEC, Laleham Health & Beauty, The University of Winchester, Visa Europe, AXA Wealth, Costa, Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust, Vitacress, LG Motion, MiniTec, De La Rue, Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council, Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, Wote Street People, Hireserve, Lamb Brooks, Priority Appointments and the Queen Mary’s College Foundation, we have been able to help local young people, by delivering a variety of practical workshops, challenges, employer visits, skills days, conferences and talks.

The Awards evening was compèred by BBC South Today presenter, Allen Sinclair, who was joined by our Skillstree sponsors to present the awards to the worthy winners.

Philippa Kent, Chair of AWE’s School Liaison Scheme, added: “AWE is proud to be Skillstree's platinum supporter for 2016. We were also delighted to sponsor this year’s School’s Award. Through its work with Basingstoke Consortium AWE has developed a strong relationship with local schools and colleges, and been able to extend its reach to support more students and teachers. With a particular focus on programmes designed to raise the profile of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), AWE dedicates significant staff time to help young people learn about the practical business applications of these important subjects."

Our congratulations go to all of our finalists and winners and our thanks go to the many individuals who volunteer or work with us every year.

The winners are:

Student of the Year – sponsored by Visa Europe

This award recognises the secondary school student who has shown particular enterprising spirit: it might be making an extra special effort in work experience, setting up a business, or showing initiative in other areas of work-related learning.

Winner: Finlay Power, Dove House School Academy

Winner: Finlay Power, Dove House School AcademyFinlay Power, Dove House School Academy

Business Involved in Work Experience – sponsored by Basingstoke Consortium

A chance for students to nominate the company they feel has provided the best work experience opportunity.

Winner: Applied Network Solutions


Business Supporting Education – sponsored by ITEC

This award recognises one business that has truly helped to develop the employability and enterprise skills of local young people.

Winner: Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council


Business Ambassador – sponsored by The University of Winchester

The purpose of this award is to recognise an individual from the business community who has gone the extra mile to work with schools and colleges.  Nominations can recognise involvement in one particular project or a longer term commitment.

Winner: Marcia Burnett, Sentinel Housing Association

Winner: Marcia Burnett, Sentinel Housing AssociationMarcia Burnett, Sentinel Housing

Teachers Award – sponsored by Laleham Health & Beauty

Awarded to a teacher who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to inspire students about the world of work and encourage them to achieve their best.

Winner: Hannah Stroud, Dove House School Academy

Winner: Hannah Stroud, Dove House School AcademyHannah Stroud, Dove House School Academy

Schools Award – sponsored by AWE

Awarded to the secondary school that demonstrates innovation in its promotion of enterprise and employability skills to its students.

Winner: The Vyne Community School


Winner: The Vyne Community SchoolMichelle Holmes, Chris Wood and Mark Kingswood, The Vyne Community School

All photos courtesy of Tom Atkins, Visa Europe.

With thanks to: Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council, The Ark Conference Centre, and Sound Co.