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The Education Training Collective (Etc.) Prince’s Trust staff have been named Silver Award winners at a UK celebration of teaching dubbed “the Oscars” of the education world.

The teaching team has been recognised for their hard work and commitment helping to change young people’s lives.

Among those announced silver title winners in the Pearson National Teaching Awards, the Etc.’s head of department, Gillian Hutchinson, said: “This is fantastic recognition for the team and the work that they do.”

Working with those who may have become disengaged with education or somehow lost their direction along the way, the Etc.’s Prince’s Trust team helps young people to get back on track.

“It’s not always easy and the challenges can be huge,” said Gillian. “But there’s no greater reward than seeing the young people develop new skills, grow their inner confidence and accomplish things that often even surprise themselves.”

With hundreds of Prince’s Trust students moving successfully into employment, further education or training, Gillian said: “For the team it is far more than just a job, giving their time, enthusiasm and commitment to every young person in an effort to help them to achieve.”

Delivering courses at locations across the region, including Stockton Riverside College and Redcar and Cleveland College, the Etc. is one of the largest delivery providers of The Prince’s Trust programmes in England.

They have worked with thousands of young people, with many facing significant challenges in their personal lives.

Selected to receive a Silver Award, the team is now in the running for one of just 14 Gold Awards with the winners to be announced at a televised BBC UK ceremony later this year.

The Pearson National Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of exceptional teachers, recognising the life-changing impact exceptional teachers, teaching assistants, head teachers and lecturers can have on young people’s lives. This year marks the celebration’s 22nd year.

Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK, said: Congratulations to all of our Silver Award winners for their commitment, dedication and passion for their work.

“It is so important to recognise and celebrate teachers, teaching assistants and lecturers for the impact they have on our young people.”

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “My warmest congratulations go to all this year’s Silver Award winners. They should be proud to receive this recognition of their commitment to the profession, and the outstanding education and guidance they provide for their students.”

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