Aidan Duff-White from Ballinamult, Newcastle, Clonmel has scooped a rare City and Guilds Highly Commended Certificate in recognition of his exceptional work as a lecturer. Aidan is a training manager at Dawn Fresh Foods in Fethard, where he has delivered City and Guilds qualifications in Food Manufacturing in conjunction with Sapphire Training.
Aidan was presented with his award by Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock at the City and Guilds Medals for Excellence awards ceremony in Dublin. He is one of only nine winners in Ireland chosen from more than 20,000 learners in this country alone and over a million learners internationally.
Presenting the award Minister Sherlock said, “I am delighted to congratulate each City and Guilds award recipient. This award is a true testament to the high standard which each of you has achieved in striving for excellence and success with your particular qualification area. These accolades are a benchmark for all learners and trainers to aspire to as they demonstrate that dedication and hard work brings reward.
The skills being recognised here today are essential in the current recessionary times, as we need a highly skilled workforce to ensure economic recovery and help us retain our competitiveness,” he concluded.
Aidan was nominated by Ger Galvin, Managing Director of Sapphire Training, for his commitment to championing learning and for his excellent abilities as an assessor.
He is the key force behind bringing Dawn Fresh Food operators through the City and Guilds NVQ in Food Manufacturing. Almost fifty operators have qualified so far and it is continuing to be rolled out across the group.
Aidan said, “I was motivated to become a trainer from my own experience and interest in trying to learn as much as possible about what I do. I feel it empowers people with confidence to try new things and it is important to show that with a little effort and dedication, individuals’ lives can be improved.”