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Suffolk careers advisor wins major national award

Wednesday, 18th November 2015.

A careers educator from one of Suffolk’s rural schools has fought off national competition to win a major award for her exceptional achievements.

Beverly Baker of Thomas Gainsborough High School at Great Cornard, Sudbury has been named Careers Educator of the Year in the 2015 UK Career Development Awards organised by the Career Development Institute.

Judges recognised Beverly’s tireless efforts over many years and her enthusiastic and innovative approach. This has included the creation of a career hub at her school where students can get guidance, work with employers and develop research skills, and the introduction of portfolios for each student capturing their experience which can be presented as they move from school to college, work or higher education.

Recognition of the impact of Beverly’s efforts came from students, fellow professionals and local employers. Particular note was made that at the same time she was also studying for professional careers guidance qualifications and working towards the Career Mark quality award.

Cllr Lisa Chambers, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills at Suffolk County Council said; “Raising the aspirations of young people is a cornerstone of our Raising the Bar programme to ensure every child in the county achieves their full potential. Tremendous work on this is being done across Suffolk, and it is fantastic to see Beverly, as one of the people at the forefront of this, being recognised with such a prestigious national award.”

Speaking about her success, Beverly said; “I feel very proud to have brought this prestigious award home to Suffolk. I am passionate about careers education and the importance of employability skills in an ever changing competitive labour market.

“My success has only been possible thanks to the support of my Head Teacher, manager, colleagues, the fantastic local employers we work with, and the wonderful students who support the school’s Careers Working Party and Careers Club.”

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