Skills Company learner Darryl Montrose has been awarded a prestigious honour by Princess Anne at a ceremony at St James’s Palace in London.  Darryl, from the Moss Side area, won the Livery Company Award in the City and Guilds annual award ceremony.  The purpose of the award is to recognise and reward learners and tutors who have achieved excellence as a result of the City and Guilds of London Institute qualifications.

Darryl had attended a Building Attendant pre-recruitment course run by The Works.  The Works is an employment and training centre in Moss Side operated by a partnership between the University of Manchester and the Manchester Growth Company.  The Works aims to improve the work opportunities available to local residents by providing training and support to enable them to access temporary and permanent jobs with the University and other local employers.

The course aims to prepare the participants for domestic and building attendant positions at the University, and provides an in-depth knowledge of the roles, as well as all the necessary training and qualifications, including Health & Safety, COSHH, manual handling and University specific training and guidelines.

Employability tutor at The Works, David Hughes said:  “As soon as he started on the course, Darryl was brilliant.  Not only was he a great student himself, but he also helped out many of the other students if they needed to catch up.  He was always at the centre of the group, getting everyone organised, and making sure that that were on the right track.  He was almost like an extra tutor.”

“He passed all aspects of the course with flying colours and I’m pleased to say that he has now secured a position at the University, along with all the others who completed that course.  When City and Guilds asked us for a nomination for this award, Darryl was the obvious candidate, and we are delighted that he was the winner.”

Darryl said:  “It was an amazing day at the award ceremony.  We had a lot of input from Princess Anne and she was so down to earth, I was shocked how much she interacted with me.   I was honoured to win the award, thanks to Dave Hughes and The Skills Company for nominating me.”