Lady Andree Deane Barron, our Group Education & Skills Director said: “Not every young person is necessarily academic, so enabling everyone to find a fulfilling calling and career whilst doing so with her commitment and passion for the job is fantastic.
“Dawn’s tireless work nurturing and encouraging talent has resulted in over 1000 people receiving qualifications, and she has transformed the horticulture programme to an outstanding standard – as a result, two new centres for horticultural learning have been opened in Bristol and Lowestoft.
“We have also recently received approval from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) to run the Introductory, Level 1, 2 and 3 courses alongside our City and Guilds portfolio of horticulture qualifications, which is a testimony to Dawn's enthusiasm for horticulture.”
Dawn has been an inspiration to both those who have worked with her and those who have been taught by her, and we at YMCA Training are lucky to have her.
YMCA Training is a prime contract holder with the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) for Apprenticeship, Traineeship and Study Programme provision and has centres across the country. Programmes are delivered to almost 10,000 learners each year and at our last Ofsted inspection in January 2017 we were graded a good provider with some pockets of outstanding provision. We are also one of the few remaining national charities that delivers a vast range of vocational provision focusing particularly on learners from disadvantaged and challenging backgrounds.
If you or someone you know is interested in studying with us, please visit our YMCA Training website to find out more.