Celebration for First Place Bedford & Kempston Learners


First Place Training Bedford & Kempston jointly hosted a Presentation Day event to celebrate the success of our learners over the past year. Our learners did not disappoint us, they all pushed the boat out with their positive attitudes and their smart attire. Guests who attended this event were parents, carers, support workers, work placement providers, school representatives, referral agencies, key partners and prospective learners.

Mark Pike our CEO and MD for First Place Training, opened the event with his welcoming speech and then handed over to Ian Rowe, our Key Speaker. Ian is a very inspirational speaker who engaged the audience in his attempt to become, as part of a crew, the first boat to row unsupported across 3000 miles of Atlantic Ocean in 30 days. He covered the highs and lows together with challenges and related these to everyday events. We think that everyone will remember the “yellow bucket”! Ian’s powerful story certainly left us all feeling encouraged, inspired and a bit emotional!


Learners presented a fantastic video capturing what they have done and achieved whilst they have been at First Place Training. It was great for learners to be able to share their experience which clearly demonstrated their success and what positive engagement and support they have taken away from being with First Place Training.

This was followed by Ian presenting learners with their certificate of achievements. Special awards were given to learners who excelled in their respective vocational areas and also to the “Learner of the Year 2016”.6

Ben Yates retained his record for the second year running and received the ‘Tutor of the Year’ award. This special award was presented to Ben for his exceptional support and assistance to learners and the Centre alike.

We ended the event in the best way possible, with a mouth-watering refreshment spread.
Well done and thank you to everyone who was involved in the planning and organising of this event, and congratulations to all our learners – this event was to celebrate you! We would like to thank personally all of you that attended to support these young people and celebrate in their success. We hope everyone enjoyed the day, from the feedback received thus far it looks like this will have to be made into a yearly event!



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