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April 23, 2015
Four Irish Workers Awarded Prestigious City and Guilds Medal


Thursday, 23rd April 2015

Four Irish Workers Awarded Prestigious City and Guilds Medal

Four people who live and work in Ireland have been awarded Medals for Excellence by City & Guilds for their outstanding commitment to training and learning in their respective areas of work.

Over two million people globally study for or train people for a City & Guilds qualification each year, and the most outstanding trainers and learners are awarded medals. 102 medals were awarded overall this year globally.

The awardees from Ireland comprise two trainers who work at McDonald’s Restaurants in Liffey Valley and Wexford town, as well as a trainer in Domestic Insulation in CDETB Ballyfermot Training Centre. The fourth recipient is a learner who completed a hairdressing qualification in Sligo College of Further Education in 2014.

The awards were presented to the recipients by Brid Healy, Regional Manager of City & Guilds Europe, and the Minister of State for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English TD.

According to Brid Healy: “Recognising excellence in the delivery of training and in learning is a vital part of raising the bar for in-work and vocational-based training. Organisations and businesses which can adapt and sustain themselves are those who invest in training and qualifications for their staff.

“The excellence demonstrated by the three trainers in delivering City & Guilds qualifications ensures that their trainees can progress and contribute further to their workplaces. From an employer’s perspective, better trained staff can future-proof their business against skills shortages and results in low attrition rates,” she said.

In recognising the learner among today’s awardees, Ms Healy said:  “Every year learners emerge from a City & Guilds qualification programme who have really excelled in their training and studies, and who often overcome diversity to achieve their qualification.  Such sterling commitment makes for excellent staff members and leaders for future pipelines.”

The three trainers who received medals were: Aneta Gelazeciene from McDonald’s Restaurant in Liffey Valley Drive-Thru; Sudarshan Priyendra, McDonald’s Restaurant, Wexford town; and David Coyne from CDETB Ballyfermot Training Centre.  The learner medal was awarded to Diana Korovina who lives in Ballinamore, Leitrim and completed her hairdressing qualification at Sligo College of Further Education.

Officiating at the award ceremony, Minister Damien English said:  “The personal stories and the progression demonstrated by all of the City & Guilds medal recipients show that training is a key success factor in career development. The trainers who are being recognised for their excellence in training delivery have a common thread: each has worked at and invested in their own qualifications.

“Furthermore, they all work in the vocational training space and their success really shows that vocational education can lead to senior roles in the workplace.  All four of today’s recipients should be very proud of their achievements and of the strong example they have set for others delivering or training for a qualification,” he added.


Contact: Emily Brennan, DHR Communications, 01-4200580 / 086-1658629.

Notes to Editors

About City & Guilds:

City & Guilds is a long-established international vocational education organisation, founded in 1878, and now working with over 8,500 centres and training providers in over 80 countries.

The City & Guilds Group operates from three major hubs: London (servicing Europe, the Caribbean and Americas), Johannesburg (servicing Africa), and Singapore (servicing Asia, Australia and New Zealand).

The City & Guilds Group comprises the Institute of Leadership & Management (management and leadership qualifications), City & Guilds Land Based Services and the Centre for Skills Development (CSD works to improve the policy and practice of vocational education and training worldwide).

City & Guilds, unlike many other awarding bodies, is a charity and therefore a not-for-profit organisation. Any surpluses made through its work is reinvested into education or used for student support programmes.

Medals for Excellence:

Medals for Excellence aims to identify and honour learners and trainers whose work and ability makes them stand out among the two million people that study for or train people for a City & Guilds qualification each year. All City & Guilds learners who have completed their City & Guilds qualification between 1 August 2013 and 31 July 2014, and lecturer/trainers who have been actively delivering City & Guilds qualifications could be nominated. Each centre could nominate one learner from each occupational sector and up to three lecturer/trainers regardless of sector

Full List and details of Medal Award Winners:

David Coyne – Dunboyne, Co. Meath

  • Trained as a bricklayer in Ballyfermot Training Centre in 1987.
  • Awarded a City & Guilds and Brick Development Association Gold Trowel in 1991.
  • Became a bricklaying instructor in 2006.
  • Has completed a degree in Training and Education and Construction Technology.
  • Married with two children.

Aneta Gelazeciene – McDonald’s Drive-Thru in Liffey Valley

  • Graduate of the National College of Ireland
  • Received FETAC level 6 and a Certificate in Supervisory Management in 2011 through courses organised by McDonald’s.
  • Originally from Lithuania, Aneta is married with one child and lives in Clondalkin.

Diana Korovina – Ballinamore, Leitrim

  • Diana has a Diploma in Fashion Design and is a trained nail technician.
  • She completed FETAC Level 5 Junior Hairdressing and studied at Ballinode College, Sligo.
  • Originally from Latvia, Diana has two children, one of whom she gave birth to prematurely during her studies.

Sudarshan Priyendra – McDonald’s, Wexford town.

  • Originally from Sri Lanka, living in Wexford town.
  • Started working in McDonalds in 2001 as a regular crew member, and was promoted to Crew Trainer after six months, before being promoted to Floor Manager in 2003.
  • Completed McDonald’s Basic Shift Management and Advanced Shift Management Course and was promoted to Shift Manager in 2007.
  • In 2009, Sudarshan was promoted to the role of Training Manager.


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