Bluewater awards ceremony recognises high achievers

PUBLISHED: 10:33 20 June 2016 | UPDATED: 10:33 20 June 2016

Awards were presented to high achievers at The Learning Shop

Awards were presented to high achievers at The Learning Shop

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Dartford MP Gareth Johnson attended the awards ceremony

People who have helped others to find jobs were recognised for their achievements at an awards ceremony at Bluewater last Friday (June 17).

The awards went to individuals, retailers and restaurants at Bluewater that have made an exceptional difference to others through their work with The Learning Shop, Bluewater’s on-site recruitment and training facility.

More than 60 people attended the ceremony, including mayor of Dartford John Burrell, MP Gareth Johnson, and retailers, local community groups and Kent organisations.

Carl Burton won special recognition award, while young learner of the year went to Connor Baxter and adult learner of the year to Josh Pull.

The Entertainer won community award, Topshop/Topman scooped collaboration award, hospitality award went to Comptoir Libanais and Five Guys was crowned employer of the year.

The Learning Shop team trained a total of nearly 1,500 people in 2015, with approximately 1,000 of these progressing into work after a Learning Shop intervention

MP Gareth Johnson said: “The Learning Shop is a fundamental resource for our local community. I would like to congratulate the commitment and hard work of all partners involved including North Kent College, Department of Work and pensions and Bluewater.

“Over the past 12 months, we’ve seen unemployment drop to the lowest it has been since 1996 – and The Learning Shop has helped to improve employment within the area and also provided thousands of people with training and support over the years, enabling them to go onto successful careers.”

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