Yvonne Evans, Coleg Cambria, won assessor of the year at the annual TES FE Awards.

The assessor of the year category, introduced this year, seeks to reward an individual whose passion, knowledge and skill has inspired apprentices to succeed. The judges unanimously agreed that Yvonne Evans was a worthy winner of this award.

Evans has been an assessor in food manufacturing at Coleg Cambria since 2011. She has become a key member of the team and leads new developments, such as getting the college approved for the higher apprenticeship in food manufacturing.

She has supported many of the companies that work with Coleg Cambria, helping them to improve learning and development, and increase the skills of their workforce. For example, she has been the main driver behind moves by local business Village Bakery to revamp its apprenticeship offering.

Evans has worked hard at her own professional development, and has completed a number of courses in subjects such as literacy, numeracy and communication to enable her to support learners. Several were at level 4, leading to her being awarded a City & Guilds medal for excellence, recognising her “exceptional work” in “going above and beyond what is expected”.

The judges said: “Yvonne is a worthy winner of the inaugural assessor of the year award. With the expansion of the apprenticeships programme, the role of assessor has assumed a great deal of importance, and Yvonne shows what a difference assessors can make.”

Yvonne’s victory was witnessed by over 600 people, gathered to celebrate the sector’s achievements, at the prestigious awards ceremony held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London, on Friday 24 February.

Other awards at the glittering, black-tie event, hosted by comedian Rob Beckett, included prizes for the FE leader of the year, college of the year and training provider of the year.

Now in their sixth year, the TES FE Awards bring together the most exciting and inspiring individuals and institutions in the sector. Hundreds of FE providers submitted entries for the 16 categories, which showcase achievement in the local community, employer engagement, innovation in teaching, leadership and apprenticeship.

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