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Grimsby Institute is shortlisted for two prestigious national awards

We are delighted to announce we have been shortlisted in the Best Teaching and Learning Initiative and WorldSkills Unsung Hero categories at the 2020 Tes FE Awards.

The teaching and learning nomination is for our Media team’s Estuary Student TV (ESTV) curriculum model, which operates a student-led television production team run by a professional channel manager. Student crews are supervised on short notice location work which is typical of industry, learning in the workplace while on the job.

Clients include Grimsby Town FC, Cliftons Dance Academy and Associated British Ports, while recent graduates have gone on to work on projects such as Strictly Come Dancing, the Eurovision Song Contest and Glastonbury.

Emma Forrest-Leigh, Associate Principal for the Digital and Creative Industries faculty, said: “I feel delighted to see my wonderfully hard working, innovative, pioneering and talented team shortlisted for this award.

“The work we do at the Grimsby Institute changes lives. There could not be a prouder manager in the country than I am right now to see the achievements of our staff and student media crew gain such a bright national spotlight.”

Meanwhile, our Manufacturing Engineering team have been shortlisted for the WorldSkills Unsung Hero award. Recent successes include Refrigeration apprentice Orlando Rawlings, who was selected to represent Team UK at WorldSkills 2019 in Kazan and won a medal of excellence, and Fabrication and Welding apprentice Macaulay Reavill, who represented the nation at WorldSkills 2017 in Abu Dhabi.

Nick Marshall, Curriculum Manager for Manufacturing Engineering, said: “When I found out about the nomination I was genuinely excited and exceedingly proud of what the team has achieved.

“The team work tirelessly to promote skills development and are passionate about what they do. They deserve all their plaudits and as the manager of the department I recognise the commitment, desire and determination they show in the pursuit of excellence.

“They are a great team who work together and are unselfish with their time and energy, often going that extra mile to make a real difference.”

Tes FE Editor Stephen Exley said: “Excellent practice exists right across the further education sector, and those shortlisted for the Tes FE Awards are the cream of the crop. Our judges were extremely impressed with the calibre of entries. To be shortlisted is an extraordinary achievement.”

The winners will be revealed at a gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday 20 March 2020.

To see the full list of who is in the running, pick up a copy of this week’s Tes, or visit