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Summer of success for Westminster’s adult learners

16 July, 2018

WAES learners delivered a summer of success this year with their work featured in series of showcase events, culminating in the annual Celebrating Success Awards 2018.

The Awards event was attended by staff, learners and their guests along with a number of key WAES stakeholders and community representatives including Westminster City Councillors and partner representatives.

We were extremely honoured to have the Right Worshipful The Lord Mayor of Westminster Councillor Lindsey Hall to present all our winners with their awards and prizes.

In her closing speech the Lord Mayor remarked “I’ve been blown away by your achievements at WAES – congratulations to all of you. Whatever you do, reach for the stars – what we’ve seen you achieve here tonight is fabulous. Westminster is proud of you!”

Teacher of the Year 2018 was this year jointly awarded to Nicky Gupta and Inigo Rousham.

Learner of the Year 2018 was awarded to Sarwat Galali, Floristry Level 1 Award Learner for her commitment to study and overcoming her personal challenges.

Of her Award she said, “I’m over the moon, I don’t know what to say! This means a lot, thank you.”

Earlier in the summer WAES hosted the annual WAES Summer Arts exhibition, a gallery of fine art, graphic design and ceramics completed artwork from this year’s learners.

At the Private View launch event the Lord Mayor formally declared the exhibition open.

“On behalf of Westminster I’d like to thank you for your magnificent contributions”, Councillor Lindsey Hall stated. “I’m overwhelmed by the standard of the work, the dedication and creative talent. This evening has left me in no doubt that some of you will go on to forge very successful careers.”


A glamorous catwalk event of Floristry, Hair, Make-up and wig-making also showcased the best of adult learner talent in Westminster, attended by learners and guests including Councillor Jacqui Wilkinson, Deputy Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Education and Community.


“I was so impressed by the work produced – WAES is keenly investing in our learners and their entrepreneurial spirit”, Councillor Wilkinson said. “Its fantastic to know of the range and breadth that’s on offer on the curriculum – from basic employment courses to technical qualifications”

Pictured: Bowker Prize winner Gabriel Mircea Motora pictured below with his graphic design work, Blue Fanfare

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