Sutton Council Staff Pick Up Skills Awards - 30.06.09
36 council staff were awarded professional and vocational qualification certificates at a special ceremony.
Sutton Council's Strategic Director of Environment and Leisure, Daniel Ratchford presented the staff with qualifications that spanned a range of topics from literacy and management to NVQs. A majority of the awards went to refuse and street cleansing staff who achieved a national certificate in Adult Literacy. This is the second group of staff in refuse and street cleansing that have achieved literacy certificates in a rolling programme within the department of Environment and Leisure. Staff studied for their qualifications on a part-time basis while continuing to work at Sutton.
The council is committed to improving the skills of our workforce. Over the next five years, Sutton Council will develop the skills of at least 500 employees up to a minimum of five GCSE's at A*-C. Courses differ across the council, with street cleaners and refuse collectors working on Waste Management NVQs while care workers get access to drop in services at local higher education colleges.
Father and son, Mark and Danny Housego both picked up awards. Both work for the council as park staff.
Mark Housego who got an NVQ 2 Apprenticeship in Horticulture said: "It was good to go to college together and help each other with the work."
Paul Martin, Sutton Council's Chief Executive and Cllr Sean Brennan, Leader of the Council also attended the ceremony.
Cllr Sean Brennan praised the award achievers: "Congratulations to all of you. I really appreciate the amount of work that you have done to achieve these qualifications. Residents deserve high quality services and your dedication in improving your skills and knowledge will directly benefit our residents."