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Outstanding tutor honoured at education oscars

June 21, 2013

Learners, teachers and experts from the education industry came together last night to honour the outstanding achievements of one the most exceptional vocational tutors at City & Guilds’ prestigious Lion Awards. George Wingfield, 66, from Chester, won the People’s Choice Award, making him one of just 14 lucky recipients to win a City & Guilds Lion Award.


(L-R) Myleene Klass, tutor George Wingfield and Chris Jones CEO and Director General of City & Guilds

City & Guilds, a global leader in skills education, held the glamorous Lion Awards ceremony at London’s iconic Roundhouse on Wednesday 5 June. The ceremony celebrates the most inspiring achievers who have accomplished extraordinary results through skills-based learning. The ceremony is the culmination of the coveted Medals for Excellence regional awards programme, which has run every year since 1879. This year an impressive 114 learners and tutors won medals.

George, who teaches at West Cheshire College, was recognised for his innovative teaching and dedication to plumbing. He took his plumbing apprenticeship in 1963 and gained an advanced craft certificate, along with an impressive six distinctions. He has worked in plumbing for more than 50 years, with his career spanning domestic, industrial and marine plumbing. No stranger to awards, he even won the title of ‘Britain’s favourite plumber’ in 1992.

Since 2003, he has been sharing his expertise with others by teaching plumbing to students of all ages and backgrounds. Throughout his teaching career, George has been committed to bringing the subject to life. He uses a variety of resources to make the learning journey interesting and fun, and draws on his extensive experience to give his students a sense of a real working environment.

George was presented with his award by TV personality and renowned musician Myleene Klass. Speaking about his win, George said:

‘It’s fantastic to win a Lion Award. I wasn’t expecting it at all, and to be chosen by so many people helps me feel really supported. I’m gobsmacked and very happy to receive this award.’

Meanwhile, Chris Jones, CEO and Director General of City & Guilds said:

‘At City & Guilds, we’re all about helping people get into a job, progress on a job and move onto the next job, and our tutors are integral to this. Winning a Lion Award is a sign of exceptional talent, and George should be very proud of this remarkable accomplishment, particularly because it’s the only award chosen by public vote. I’m sure he will continue to be an inspiration to others.’

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