An inspirational tutor from Accrington has been recognised for his dedication with an award from Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.
Carl Morris, who is a tutor at the North Lancs Training Group, received the City and Guilds of London Institute’s President’s Award at the annual Prince Philip Medal ceremony.
It was presented by Princess Anne, who is president of the institute, in recognition for his dedication to teaching and improving the lives of those most in need.
The award has been running for more than 50 years, and honours those who, in The Duke of Edinburgh’s own words, have ‘travelled the City & Guilds path’ and made the most of their talents.
Carl teaches IT and work stills at an unemployment centre through the North Lancs Training Group in Accrington and many of the people who attend his course face serious issues such as homelessness and psychological problems.
Awards organisers said he was nominated for the award because of the innovative way he engages his students.
Colleagues said his ‘extraordinary ability’ to put his learners at ease helps them to see the classroom as a place of fun and enjoyment.
His success is also demonstrated by the numbers as he’s helped 300 people gain 550 qualifications, with a 97 per cent retention rate.
As well as helping them pass the course, Carl also helps them apply for job vacancies and prepare for interviews.
He said: “It is an honour to be recognised, let alone receive the award, for a job that I love.
“Seeing a student learn, grow and develop is something I believe in passionately and that is what we build into the course.
“To see a student walk away from the course as a new person makes all the effort worthwhile.”
Chris Jones, chief executive of the City & Guilds Group, said Carl was ‘very deserving’ of the award.
He said: “Carl’s dedication to helping people find employment is truly inspiring.
“He goes above and beyond to make sure that when his students finish their course, they are equipped with the skills they need for real-world success.
“He is very deserving of the President’s Award, and I’m sure he’ll continue to inspire more people.”
The award was presented at a ceremony at St James’ Palace in London on May 14.