Dennis is a star in national awards
7th December 2010 11:15am - Return to press releases
Dennis Young, schools liaison and guidance manager at East Riding College, has been recognised with a prestigious national STAR Award for his outstanding contribution to education.
The awards, from the Learning and Skills Information Service (LSIS), are open annually to any learning and skills sector workers who are based in an organisation which receives funding from the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) or the Young People's Learning Agency (YPLA).
The House of Commons and its Strangers' dining room formed a spectacular backdrop for the awards; as the winners were presented with their trophies and certificates in front of assembled guests including skills minister John Hayes.
In all ten winners were named, one from each of ten categories, and chosen from thousands of nominees by a panel of judges for their outstanding contributions to the learning and skills sector.
Dennis (pictured, left) won the learning support trophy, having been nominated in recognition of the excellent support he has provided both to learners and to the community over many years.
LSIS chief executive Dr David Collins said: "Every year the Star awards produce marvellous stories about the achievements of hard working people in the learning and skills sector and this year is no different."
Dennis said: "The STAR awards are very highly respected in further education and the wider education sector too so it's a real honour to receive one.
"Good quality advice and guidance are really important to people who are deciding which course is right for them because the choice they make will play a major part in their future success and job satisfaction."
Dennis' current role includes heading a team of guidance staff, College counsellors and Aimhigher coordinators, with responsibility for providing learners with high quality Information, advice and guidance when they are thinking about coming to East Riding College, during their course and in the exit stage, together with personal support while at the College.
He designed and set up an "at risk" system whereby learners who may be in danger of dropping out of full-time education can be identified quickly and early intervention procedures put in place.
He also initiated a unique service where College guidance officers work two days per week in the local Jobcentre Pluses, advising unemployed young people about how they can retrain for a new career.
For more information about East Riding College and its courses, visit www.eastridingcollege.ac.uk or call 0845 120 0037.
Notes to editors
A photograph of Dennis receiving his award is available. For more information, call Matthew Croshaw, marketing and communications manager, on 01482 306612 or email [email protected]