City & Guilds Honours Tutor for Outstanding Achievement

Bernadette McDermott


A college tutor dedicated to raising standards in education and cleaning has won a City and Guilds award on the recommendation of the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners.

Bernadette McDermott is a tutor at the Bournville College of Further Education where she has been involved in delivering cleaning science-related programmes across a range of sectors.

Last month she was recognised for outstanding achievements at the City and Guilds of London Institute’s annual Prince Phillip Medal ceremony. The awards, which celebrate outstanding tutors and individuals in the industry, were presented by HRH The Princess Royal, who is President of the Institute.

Bernadette has helped her students achieve the highest quality standards and thrive in the cleaning industry. She has assessed more than 300 students, many of whom went on to win awards, while raising standards within the profession. Her colleagues attest that Bernadette’s commitment and drive for excellence is embedded in all programmes she delivers and develops.

The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners selected Bernadette for the award. We were one of 14 livery companies who made awards at this year’s event.

Maureen Marden, Chairman of our Education Committee, paid tribute to Bernadette’s work: “Her dedication to her chosen trade, moving from operator to management, and all the while with a concentration on improving the learning and skills of herself and her colleagues, is inspirational. The number and the diversity of the students she has tutored and has encouraged to participate and succeed can only bring very positive outcomes in the cleaning industry.”

Chris Jones, Chief Executive of the City & Guilds Group, also praised Bernadette’s contribution. “This award is a sign of passion and dedication to excellence. Bernadette is certainly deserving of it and should be proud of her accomplishment. I wish her all the best as she continues to develop in her career,” he said.

The Institute, founded by 16 livery companies in 1878, helps people and organisation develop their skills, and it still maintains a close relationship with livery companies, including the WCEC, today.

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