12 Nov 2018
The Scottish Qualifications Authority has presented its highest accolade, the SQA Fellowship, to Lorna Trainer, Director of l&g learning, at its annual Star Awards ceremony.
The SQA Fellowship is SQA’s premier award and is presented to individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to learning and training in Scotland over the course of their career.
After working as a senior social worker, and then as a senior lecturer and head of school in the college sector, Lorna set up l&g learning in 2006 to promote flexible learning and development services, including Modern Apprenticeships and employability programmes.
Lorna is also vice-chair of the Scottish Training Federation, and a member of the Federation of Small Businesses Scottish Policy Unit, and a member of SQA’s Advisory Council.
Lorna has acted as a consultant got NHS Education Scotland, SQA, and the Scottish Social Services Council, developing a number of SQA qualifications, National Occupational Standards, and contributing to policy initiatives.
The SQA Star Awards are unique, recognising both the individuals who work towards and the organisations that deliver SQA qualifications; rewarding those that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to education and training.
On presenting Ms Trainer with the SQA Fellowship, SQA Chair David Middleton, said: “Lorna has demonstrated a remarkable commitment to education, continuous professional development, and professional training throughout her career. The counsel, advice, and guidance she has offered not just to the Scottish Qualifications Authority, but to organisations across the country has been invaluable. She is a worthy recipient of SQA’s highest honour.”
Stuart McKenna, Chief Executive of the Scottish Training Federation said: “Lorna richly deserves this accolade – her passion and enthusiasm for skills and training is exceptional. She has been a real inspiration to thousands of learners over the years – and is highly respected by colleagues at STF.”
In all seventeen awards were presented at a spectacular ceremony at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow.
Speaking about the winners and highly commended finalists, SQA Chief Executive, Dr Janet Brown, said: “Every year I am amazed by the stories of achievement, ingenuity, and accomplishment of our Star Awards winners. Every one of them, and all the highly commended finalists, fully deserve the recognition that they have received here tonight.
“The SQA Star Awards provide us with a fantastic opportunity to recognise young people for their achievements, but also acknowledge the outstanding work of our centres, the teachers, the lecturers, and the trainers who deliver our qualifications every day. The awards ceremony is our chance to thank those who give our learners the guidance, support, and encouragement they need to realise their potential.”
Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “These awards are a great opportunity to recognise the hard work and success of our young people across Scotland and the education and training providers who support them.
“I would like to congratulate all of the winners and finalists on their fantastic achievements and wish them every success for the future.”
The SQA Star Awards were hosted by TV and radio presenter Kaye Adams and were supported by a number of sponsors; including the General Teaching Council for Scotland, Skills Development Scotland, and the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership.