Last week, WOMEN’STEC were honoured to receive two awards in recognition of our work over the past year. On Tuesday (5th March), we attended the inaugural OCNNI Learner Awards ceremony, which recognises excellence in the Northern Ireland education sector. WOMEN’STEC were nominated for the ‘Provider of the Year’ Award, which celebrates the contribution that recognised OCN centres have made to their learners. We were delighted to be nominated alongside other exceptional organisations, including Start360, Southern Health and Social Care Trust, Action Mental Health and the NOW Group. The quality and stature of the other nominees is a testament to the exceptional work that is being delivered across the sector.

The team at WOMEN’STEC were honoured to accept the Award for ‘Provider of the Year’ and we would like to thank and acknowledge our tutors, students, staff, volunteers and partners. Lynn Carvill, our CEO, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded this prestigious accolade in such a competitive category. As the largest provider of quality training for women in non-traditional skills in Northern Ireland, we are very proud of the work we do in the community, not just in our North Belfast base, but across the province. As more and more organisations strive to create more diverse, inclusive workforces, we believe we have a very important role to play in ensuring that this commitment extends to industries and sectors which traditionally have had an under-representation of women. I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of all our staff and students and commend OCN NI for all of the support and expertise they have provided to WOMEN’STEC and a host of providers across Northern Ireland.”

On Thursday (7th March), WOMEN’STEC attended the prestigious CO3 Leadership Awards 2019. Our CEO, Lynn Carvill, was nominated and shortlisted for the ‘Leading Organisation Change’ Award, which recognises successful and structured transition involving major, sometimes transformational changes to how an organisation operates. As a staff team, we are absolutely delighted and extremely proud of Lynn for winning this prestigious award and being recognised for her exceptional leadership of our organisation. Having demonstrated leadership, resilience and positivity through a transformational period for WOMEN’STEC, there is no doubt about her capabilities, integrity, passion and commitment in her desire to make a difference to the lives of women and young girls across Northern Ireland.

Following our own winning week, we are now looking forward to recognising, showcasing and celebrating the achievements of all our students over the past year at our Gala Awards 2019 on Thursday 21st March at Belfast City Hall. At this event, we will also be celebrating our 21st birthday and reflecting upon all the achievements and successes of everyone who has been involved with WOMEN’STEC over the past 21 years, from staff and tutors, to students and partners, all working to make positive impacts on women’s lives. And, whilst reflecting on the past, we also look forward to the future as we grow and develop with passion and commitment to the important work that we do.