NCC Education always likes to recognise the achievements of staff throughout the world, especially in regard to commitment and longevity of service. The company is delighted to announce that two Long Service Awards have been presented to members of staff at head office in recent months.
In August 2009, Support Services Manager Allison Skarratt was presented with her 20 Years Long Service Award and in September 2009, Gina Statham (Senior Executive, Management Services) received her award for 30 years of dedication to NCC Education.
Presenting the awards, Felix Stravens, Managing Director, described Gina and Allison as “truly dedicated and committed individuals that we are grateful to have as part of NCC Education”.
Allison and Gina have witnessed the significant growth of the company and experienced many changes over the years, most notably when NCC Education became independent of the National Computing Centre in 1997. Gina recalls that “it was announced to us on 1st April and we all thought someone was teasing us!”
Both Allison and Gina were involved with Threshold – a government sponsored training scheme which helped 16-19 year olds get into the IT industry through a series of aptitude tests and interviews. Threshold was the precursor of the Diploma, and was a great starting point for the company. Staff would go out in teams of two and administer the tests, mark them up and pay the candidates their transport costs on the day.
Allison joined the company as a teenager on a YTS training scheme, making up packs to send to centres running the Threshold scheme and has progressed to the role of Support Services Manager, with responsibility for nine members of staff.
Gina’s first position at the company was Threshold Administrator, working on the Northern colleges and following the progress of individual students, which she found particularly rewarding.
In 1985, Gina’s role became Administration for the Overseas Diploma, where she was the sole point of contact working with five centres in the Far East, and one of her centres was Informatics. Gina progressed to the post of Chief Administrator, then Operations Manager, and in 1998 she was seconded to the Singapore and Malaysian offices. Since returning from the Far East, Gina has held the roles of Account Manager, Assistant to the MD, Customer Relations Manager and Accreditation Registrar.
Gina says that working for NCC Education has had many high points, but the one that she remembers most is working in the Singapore and Malaysian offices, where she got told off by a policeman for jay walking! A personal highlight for Gina in recent years was when she adopted her two children.
Allison says that the favourite moments of her career at NCC Education include attending the 2008 International Conference on the stunning island of Langkawi, Malaysia, but not the personal visits to her room by the monkeys! Allison also greatly enjoyed the opportunity to visit NCC Education’s regional offices in Malaysia.
Gina and Allison both feel honoured to still be working at NCC Education and as Allison says: “A key point to any job is the people you actually work with and I am truly grateful to have worked with and made some great friends – I believe that I would not have been celebrating 20 years if this was not the case!”
We are sure that you will join us in congratulating Allison and Gina on their awards.