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Dogs Trust carer scoops medal of excellence


Dogs Trust Evesham Rehoming Centre Canine Carer, Claire Prew, was one of only 100 people from over three quarters of a million eligible candidates to win a City & Guilds Medal of Excellence for her outstanding performance on the NVQ in Animal Care Level 2 course. Here she is receiving her award at the presentation ceremony on Wednesday, 5 May 2004

Claire Prew, a Canine Carer at Dogs Trust Evesham Rehoming Centre (formerly the NCDL) has scooped a top award, fighting off stiff competition from the rest of the UK.

Claire is one of only 100 people from over three quarters of a million eligible candidates to win a City & Guilds Medal for Excellence for her outstanding performance on the NVQ in Animal Care Level 2 course.

What makes Claire’s achievement even more special is that she suffers from severe dyslexia.
Awarded annually since 1879, Medals for Excellence rewards talented people who have displayed exceptional standards as either a lecturer, candidate or external verifier with City & Guilds, the UK’s leading awarding body for vocational qualifications, and whose work and ability stands out from the crowd. This is the third year in a row that Dogs Trust has been awarded a Medal of Excellence for this NVQ, having also been awarded a Medal for Profile Achievement and a Highly Commended Certificate for Training.

Claire was delighted with her accolade, which will be presented to her at the City & Guilds regional ceremony in Birmingham on the 5 May 2004.

She is also now in the running to win one of eight prestigious UK awards which will be announced at an ‘Oscars’ style event to celebrate lifelong learning in London on 14 June.
Annette Chinn, Training Officer at Dogs Trust, agreed that Claire has deservedly won this mark of special distinction:

"Claire studied for this accolade for two years and was so determined to succeed because of her dyslexia. She put in a lot of time and work, staying to study well after work had finished, and I have been really proud to back her up. This is such a great achievement for her and one that has helped improve her confidence immensely. She is now doing work at Dogs Trust she would never have dreamed of doing a few years ago and wants to be an inspiration for people with reading and writing problems."