Coach Core win gold at the Learning Awards!

Coach Core took home Apprenticeship Programme of the Year at the Learning Awards, “The highest accolade you can receive in workplace learning and development”

By James Burbidge · 17th February 2023

Held at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House in London, the Learning Awards took place on February 16th and was hosted by Claudia Winkleman. The Awards celebrate workplace learning and development across a number of categories and are regarded as one of the highest accolades you can receive in the sector; in 2023 there were 589 entries from across 81 countries.

Coach Core won the Gold Award for Apprenticeship Programme of the Year, which is presented to an enterprise that has implemented any kind of Apprenticeship Programme on its own, or to a provider who produced an Apprenticeship Programme that met the needs of an industry sector or of employers.  The judges were seeking evidence of innovation, effective needs analysis and verification, apprentice and sponsor support, apprentice engagement, client satisfaction, and a strong proposition in response to the challenge ‘what opportunities did it create for the apprentice?’

The judges said:

“We loved hearing Michael’s story and how Coach Core has made a difference to his life, we actually referred to this as ‘dazzling’ – it really demonstrates that this apprenticeship not only improves employability but also makes a difference to the lives of young adults. The approach is highly innovative and is designed around the needs of the apprentice, really takes into account targeted barriers to learning and engagement and designed in a way that reflects how young people consume content in their everyday lives. Recognises all parties need to be on the same page in order to address challenges. Really liked the way they make they ensure apprentices are very valued.”

As the gold winner, Coach Core received a unanimous vote across the judging panel.

“Our ultimate ambition is to be the gold standard apprenticeship charity that uses sport to change lives. We want to encourage lifelong learning habits, to empower our apprentices to take ownership of their own learning and to develop independent and reflective apprentices that are responsive to the needs of the communities they serve.

Winning Apprenticeship Programme of the Year at this year’s Learning Awards is great recognition of what we do and that we are moving in the right direction to support our apprentices to be the very best that they can be, whatever their goals or aspirations.”

Paul Thompson

Coach Core National Education Manager


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