A former learner and now Training Advisor with award-winning training provider Acorn, Lisa Marie Winter is a “role model” for the company, delivering apprenticeships for the financial services and insurance sector.
Lisa, 33 from Llanharan, joined Acorn five years ago and since then an impressive 98% of her learners have achieved apprenticeships within financial services in Wales.
She is one of Acorn’s greatest examples of how the company and their teams deliver professionally recognised industry qualifications. She has completed a series of qualifications to maintain her knowledge of the changing finance and insurance industry and to specifically support her learners in the workplace.
These qualifications include Learning Coach Level 4, Assessor Award Level 3, Practitioners Certificate for Adult Literacy, Chartered Insurance Institute Certificate (CII) and she is now seeking the CII Level 4 Diploma and Internal Quality Assurance Level 4 Award.
Now Lisa has been shortlisted for the work-based Learning Assessor and Tutor of the Year award at this year’s Apprenticeship Awards Cymru, which take place at Venue Cymru, Llandudno on October 20.
Jointly organised by the Welsh Government and the National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW), the prestigious awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of individuals, employers and learning providers who have excelled in contributing to the development of the Welsh Government’s Traineeships, Jobs Growth Wales and Apprenticeship programmes. The awards are sponsored by Pearson PLC and supported by media partner, Media Wales.
The Apprenticeship Programme is funded by the Welsh Government with support from the European Social Fund.
Lisa’s support for her learners is inspirational. She creates additional learning tools by utilising the CII resources, such as exam syllabus revision guides, quizzes and cue cards and she tailors her coaching and delivery to each individual learner’s needs.
One of her recent learners is Emma Walters. Despite having no formal qualifications and a significant fear of exams, Emma achieved an apprenticeship within a year with Lisa’s support and was recognised for her learning journey by successfully winning the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) Apprentice of the Year Award in 2015.
Wales’ Minister for Skills and Science Julie James congratulated Lisa and the other 32 shortlisted award finalists. “We are proud to be delivering one of the most successful apprenticeship programmes in Europe with success rates in Wales remaining well above 80 percent,” she said.
“Developing skilled people is vital for our economy. We have some truly exceptional apprentices here in Wales and the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru provide a perfect platform for us to celebrate their hard work and achievements. Equally important are the learning providers and employers who go the extra mile to support their apprentices.”