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'Outstanding' Accrington College tutor awarded Medal of Excellence
Dedicated tutor Stuart Wilson, from Accrington & Rossendale College, had his outstanding teaching in bio-hazard cleaning recognised by national training & qualification board City & Guilds with a Medal for Excellence.
The scheme recognises the outstanding achievements of trainers and tutors who have achieved great results by producing exceptional work and are awarded to individuals who show a true journey of progression within their work.
Stuart has taught specialist courses on biohazards, crime scene and trauma cleaning at Accrington & Rossendale College for 18 years, gaining his unique industry experience working for local authorities and the police service around the North West. He now keeps up to date with current legislation and skills requirements owing to his close contacts in industry and an ongoing personal interest in the development of the subject as an important suite of skills for professional cleaning providers.
Providing realistic crime scenes for students using a variety of unorthodox materials (Nutella, tomato sauce and even tinned vegetable soup are regularly used to create realistic but totally safe biohazards), Stuart works tirelessly to make his courses interactive and interesting. His students have continually progressed to successful careers in the lucrative industry, working for private specialised cleaning companies. Some have even developed their own businesses in the field.
Stuart was recommended for the special award due to very positive feedback following a monitoring visit for City & Guilds and from a series of exceptional customer feedback left by learners who studied on the course.
Deputy head of service industries at Accrington and Rossendale College, Ray Felters says:
"Stuart has consistently gone above and beyond with his teaching and training at Accrington & Rossendale College. The success of his students proves that his lessons are effective and engaging, turning quite an unsavoury subject into unique and sought after skills.
"The whole team are extremely proud of him for being presented with this prestigious accolade."
"It's an honour to be recognised in this way for something I do every day as my job. I really enjoy making my lessons as interactive and engaging as possible and the fact that this important career path is being highlighted can only be a good thing.
"It's a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it!"
Stuart's award will also see him shortlisted for a prestigious Lion Award, which will be announced at a special awards ceremony in London this Summer. Lion Awards are known as the 'Oscars' of the skills education sector and are awarded for outstanding achievements in professional and technical education.
Image: Stuart in his painstakingly created 'dirty rooms' at Accrington & Rossendale College, ready for student evaluations.
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16th March 2017