Celebration times at Realise Futures

Realise Futures presentation,
Sarah Sharlott, CEO Realise Futures presenting his Long Service Awa

Realise Futures presentation, Sarah Sharlott, CEO Realise Futures presenting his Long Service Award Certificate to Graham Barrell, member of the Catering Team at Realise Futures. - Credit: Archant

Realise Futures CIC presented successful learners with NOCN (National Open College Network) certificates in December 2013 at the company’s Whitehouse site, Lovetofts Drive, Ipswich.

This presentation event was held to celebrate the learning and achievements of several employees who work at various Realise Futures Social Enterprises; Poppy’s Pantry, Whitehouse Enterprises, Nowton Park Nursery or Growing Places.

Many brought friends and family to watch them receive their certificates presented by CEO of Realise Futures, Sarah Sharlott. The Enterprises offer advice, training, and employment opportunities to adults with disabilities and disadvantages and run alongside their Community Learning and Skills Development division.

Karen Wainer, education development officer for Realise Futures said “Everybody was justifiably proud of what they have achieved and many learners are carrying on with their studying to complete further qualifications next year.”

She added: “The results are a fantastic achievement for the learners involved. For many, a first step towards achieving longer term goals. Courses include areas such as Horticulture and Food Service as well as gaining personal skills such as time management and job seeking. They offer learners a more inclusive and meaningful learning experience.”

Also at the event, long-term employees were presented with Long Service Awards after over 25 years of continuous service to the company individually.

Marking their achievement, the award winners all received a plaque, made out of recycled plastic by one of the divisions Eco Services. The long-term employees were Adrian Osborne, Ronald Hayter, Alan Tooke, Brian Nunn, Terence Faiers, Michael Earthroll, John Piper, Susan Westwood, Graham Barrell and Dawn Bond.

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Realise Futures is a Social Enterprise that is made up of a number of operating divisions providing a range of products and services from careers advice and training to manufacturing. These divisions share a common objective which is to create opportunities for people to succeed in work, learning and life.