NCL celebrates success in Enterprise Educator Awards 2020


New College Lanarkshire has picked up five awards at the Festival of Youth Enterprise Awards 2020.

Students and staff won four accolades in the Bridge 2 Business Enterprise Educator Awards 2020 section, while student Mark Traynor was named winner of the Team Programme Journey Award.

The awards, which are designed to inspire young people to succeed through enterprise, were held virtually on the evening of Tuesday 2nd June.

New College Lanarkshire was a finalist in four of the six categories in the Bridge 2 Business Enterprise Educator Awards, which recognise and reward students, colleges, educators and individuals who are leading the way in enterprise for Scotland.

Lecturer Audrey Mackrell was named the winner of the FE College Enterprise Educator of the Year Award, while the students of the Ready for Retail course at our Coatbridge Campus won the Social Enterprise Team Award.

Winning these two awards was testament to the success of the ‘The Wee Shop in F2’ project, which has been set up by students on the Ready for Retail programme within the Faculty of Supported Learning.

Class lecturer Audrey Mackrell said: “I am delighted to be acknowledged for the work I have contributed in helping students with additional support needs to run their own successful student-led businesses, develop essential practical skills and have their voices heard.

“I am overjoyed that the Ready for Retail students have been recognised for all of the hard work they have put in to creating and operating The Wee Shop in F2.

“The Ready for Retail course has really boosted their confidence and I’m sure that winning the Social Enterprise Team award will give them a further boost and will definitely be a great achievement to support their future efforts in finding paid employment.

“I am so privileged to have been their course tutor – they have inspired me every day.

“We have all worked hard within the Faculty of Supported Learning to provide more opportunities for learners with additional support needs to develop their independence and prepare for success in their futures.

“And the support from the Learner Engagement team has been instrumental in creating these opportunities through the Market Day initiative.”


Also in the Bridge 2 Business Enterprise Educator Awards, New College Lanarkshire received Highly Commended accolades in the Enterprising FE College of the Year Award and in the Local Hero of the Year for Learner Engagement Officer Ross Brand.

Both of these Highly Commended accolades recognised the success of NCL’s ‘Market Day’ initiative, which is run by the Learner Engagement Team, and helps provide learning opportunities, activities and experiences for students to prepare for future involvement in business ventures. It was the Market Day initiative that led to the creation of The Wee Shop.

Ross Brand said: “The Learner Engagement team really appreciates this recognition for all the work that has been put into Market Day over the last year.

“I have particularity enjoyed seeing how students have embraced the opportunity and how their enthusiasm has inspired me to explore ways to develop future initiatives on a greater scale.”

NCL student Mark Traynor, meanwhile, picked up the Team Programme Journey Award, which was one of only two awards in the Team Programme section.

This is the first year of the Team Programme in Scotland, which celebrates the achievements of enterprising students with additional support needs who are making the transition from education to independent living and employment.

Mark’s lecturer Audrey Mackrell added: “Mark truly deserved to win the Team Programme Journey Award as he has made a huge amount of progress in such a short space of time and has inspired both staff and fellow students in the process.

“Mark has demonstrated an excellent work ethic and tremendous resilience and has really supported his fellow colleagues in The Wee Shop.

“It has been wonderful to see Mark go from being quite shy and reserved to adopting a leadership role within the team and delivering excellent customer service which will serve him well for his future.”

The Enterprise Educator Awards were judged by Bruce Walker (founder Of Future X), Elaine Calderwood (Account Manager at Scottish Enterprise), and Claire Halligan (founder Of Pop Up Jewellery).

For more information on the Festival of Youth Enterprise, please visit

« Back to News