A FLORISTRY lecturer at Moreton Morrell College has been hailed a ‘hero’ after being shortlisted for a major award.
Jane Benefield is among eight finalists shortlisted for the WorldSkills Hero category in the TES Further Education Awards 2021.
The awards – organised by the education publication TES – celebrate those making contributions to the sector, while the World Skills Hero award recognises professionals going the extra mile to support competitors in skills competitions.
Jane has led the floristry department at Moreton Morrell College, for 10 years and has supported more than 80 students to take part in WorldSkills competitions.
A total of seven students from the college have won medals at the WorldSkills final, with many more competing in heats and other activities.
Jane’s work has enabled Moreton Morrell College to host regional heats and winners’ bootcamps for WorldSkills competitions.
She said: “I am passionate about the WorldSkills competition and proud of the work we have done at the college mentoring students through competitions over the years.
“It’s an honour to have been nominated and to have been recognised by my peers and judges in this way.
“Over the years, we have worked with some incredible students to help them realise their dreams at WorldSkills and we will continue to do that at Moreton Morrell College in the years to come.
“Participation in the competitions brings much more enrichment to the learning experience than just the honour of winning, it builds vital confidence and practical, presentation, employability and entrepreneurial skills.
“It’s fantastic to be listed alongside other individuals and organisations which have all gone above and beyond to support students in competing in WorldSkills competitions.”