A Hartlepool teacher has gained national recognition after being highly commended in an award category.
Helen Gott, from Hartlepool College, has been highly commended in the 2015 Vocational Qualifications (VQ) Teacher of the Year Award category at the annual VQ Awards, led by independent education charity the Edge Foundation.
I’m so excited to be highly commended for this special award in recognition of my vocational teaching.Helen Gott, teacher at Hartlepool College
She has excelled in her teaching role on the college’s engineering programmes, helping to break down stereotypes in a traditionally male-dominated industry.
There is now a growing number of female engineers at the college, which is based on Stockton Street.
And Helen has now been recognised for her role in that.
She said: “I’m so excited to be highly commended for this special award in recognition of my vocational teaching.
“I hope my work has given my students the skills and inspiration to pursue their chosen careers with confidence, and that it will continue to do so for many years to come.”
VQ Day will be held on June 10, and is an annual event which aims to celebrate the benefits of technical, practical and vocational learning, to the individual and also their communities.
The day celebrates the acquisition of new skills for those of all ages, and encourages the uptake of high-quality vocational qualifications.
David Harbourne, acting CEO of the Edge Foundation, said: “VQ Day is an opportunity to celebrated vocational achievement, and Helen has demonstrated a remarkable ability to inspire and captivate the imagination of her students.
“As a result of her commitment, her students at Hartlepool College will gain the technical, practical and work-related skills they need to get the edge in their chosen careers.”
The award Helen has been commended for recognises the efforts of the thousands of vocational teachers and trainers who help learners gain the skills, experience, qualifications and motivation they need to get the edge.
For more information about VQ day and the awards, visit www.vqday.org.uk