YMCA Training tutor awarded for excellence and quality of teaching

YMCA Training Salford's Dawn Brannigan wins City and Guilds’ Gold Medal for Excellence
4 June 2017

Our Salford YMCA Training Education Manager, Dawn Brannigan, has been awarded a coveted City and Guilds’ ‘Gold Medal for Excellence’ for her contributions to teaching and horticulture management.

Dawn, who has worked at YMCA Training for more than 30 years in both the Horticulture and Childcare sectors, was recognised for her work at an awards ceremony at St James Palace, London. She was also invited to attend a summer garden party at Kensington Roof Gardens with other category winners, where her work helping our learners was praised and celebrated.

Throughout her time at YMCA Training, she has enabled generations of students to learn and achieve in thousands of vocational courses. Many of her previous students still contact her with thanks for her input into their education and for the help she provided in organising work placements, which have provided them with a platform for successful careers.

The local Salford MP, Rebecca Long-Bailey, revealed the good news to Dawn on a recent visit to the Salford centre and also told her to Dawn’s delight that it was her YMCA Training colleagues who had nominated her for the Gold Medal for Excellence award. 

Dawn is one of our longest serving members of staff, and is devoted to helping people achieve and reach their full potential.
Lady Andree Deane Barron, YMCA Group Education & Skills Director

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.