NLTG Apprentice India Ratcliffe wins big at ‘Skills Oscars’


Winners commended for exemplary achievements in the past year

London – 7 July 2016:  Learners and tutors from across the World have been honoured for their outstanding achievements in professional and technical education at The Lion Awards, a prestigious ceremony hosted by City & Guilds.

The Lion awards often know as the ‘Oscars of skills education’ were held on Thursday evening in the stunning grounds of Capel Manor College in Enfield, north London, and showcased the very best in skills talent. The awards recognise excellent results and progression through learning as well as showcasing those who have overcome significant challenges to achieve their goals.

Kirstie Donnelly MBE, UK Managing Director at City & Guilds said: “The wealth of talent across this year’s nominees and winners makes me incredibly proud of the achievements and dedication they have all shown. The Lion Awards are a great opportunity to showcase this talent and all of us at City & Guilds are honoured to have been a part of their success.”

The City & Guild’s Lion Awards ceremony is one of the most prestigious events in the skills education calendar and is a culmination of the Medals for Excellence awards programme, which dates back more than 100 years.

This year more than 200 nominations were submitted across the five categories of Tutor of the Year, Outstanding Achiever of the Year, Apprentice of the Year, FE Learner of the Year and Employee Learner of the Year.

Apprentice of the Year – India Ratcliffe, North Lancs Training Group (NLTG), ACCRINGTON

India with her tutor Lee Keller at NLTG’s ‘City and Guilds Medals for Excellence awards’.

Having taken a Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Upholstery and Soft Furnishings, India has achieved an extremely high level of skill to meet not only modern techniques but also to specialise in traditional techniques that are rare in today’s upholstery trade. Within traditional restoration work she has developed her skills to produce bespoke items to the highest grade possible for quality and craft competency. As a female in a male orientated trade, India holds her own through the skills and crafts she has developed and recently achieved a highly commended award for Advanced Apprentice of the Year at the National Apprentice regional awards in Blackpool in October.

City and Guilds Press Release