CONEL learner George Ogunrinola has been named London VQ Young Learner of the Year 2009

George Ogunrinola from the College of North East London was today named VQ Hero - Young Learner of the Year 2009 for London.

The VQ Hero Awards are part of VQ Day taking place on 24th June, a national celebration of vocational achievement and the many paths to success taken by learners of all ages. The Awards demonstrate the talent, commitment and rigorous standards involved in gaining a vocational qualification.

George has now been invited to represent the region at the national VQ Day ceremony where the overall national VQ Hero for England will be presented their award by celebrity chef James Martin, who is a vocational learner himself. National awards will also be presented to winners in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on VQ Day.

George was selected by the judges for his dedication to vocational learning and huge success in his chosen field. George is currently studying full-time for a BTEC National Diploma in Media and is a highly talented student and an exceptional role model for his peers. George has been instrumental in a number of external commissions for training and publicity videos both for the local community and commercial organisations, as well as pro bono work for a local Sickle Cell support group. George is on course to gain a Distinction and plans to go on to study at a top University in London or California.

On receiving news of the award win, George said: "I'm so happy to get this recognition, but also for my tutor, Maria, who has put so much hard work in to my course. I'm looking forward to next week's ceremony, but I also need to concentrate on making sure I get that Distinction!"

John Kerr, operations director at independent education foundation Edge and a member of the judging panel, added:
“It’s an absolute pleasure to be able to be able to honour someone like George. He is a fantastic example of the progression and opportunities that vocational qualifications can offer, living proof that there are many paths to success and an inspiration to us all. George is one of the millions who take a vocational qualification every year as a stepping stone to a brighter future – VQ Day celebrates these learners’ achievements and those who help them gain this success.”

Colleges, learning providers and employers around the country nominated their high-flying vocational students for the VQ Hero Awards in two categories:
• VQ Hero - Learner of the Year
• VQ Hero – Young Learner of the Year

Over 400 learners were nominated in total, with nominations judged by a panel comprising representatives from Edge, Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, the Association of Colleges and the Association of Learning Providers.

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