Winners announced for the SkillsHouse Careers and Technical Education (CTE) Awards 2024

Almost 400 people attended this year’s awards to celebrate young people and those who support them from across Bradford District.

Taking place on Tuesday 25th June at the University of Bradford’s Great Hall, the awards were also an opportunity to thank educators and local organisations for their invaluable work in helping young people develop the skills they need for the future.

This year, SkillsHouse CTE were delighted to have Sharon Jandu, the founder of the Yorkshire Asian Business Association, as host, who kept everything running smoothly during the ceremony.

This year saw almost 200 nominations for categories including Primary Leader, Sustainability Champion and different sector Learners of the Year. 

Entertainment was provided by local young people, with guests being treated to performances from The School of Rock & Media and All Stars. 

Also on the agenda were inspirational speeches from Bradford born Harleen Kaur, Founder/CEO of Club Ekta, and Nurgus Qadri, Deputy Principal of Corpus Christi Catholic College, who both spoke about the challenges they had overcome to succeed in their dreams.

Andrew Laver, Chair of the District Board, said: 

“The Bradford & District SkillsHouse CTE Awards are the highlight of the CTE calendar. It is our honour to be able to showcase and celebrate the achievements of our children and young people and also thank those who support their career journey.

“I would like to thank personally all those companies, educators and Council employees involved in making extraordinary contributions to SkillsHouse CTE in the District. It is genuinely a joy to be able to congratulate all the finalists and celebrate everyone’s successes in person.

“The Careers and Technical Education programme brings positive change to our school curriculum and embeds intrinsic value into our young people before and as they start their career journey.”

Primary Learner of the Year:

Team Player - Shahana Bham

Shining Star - Zion Olatunji

Leader - Eshaal Khan

The Resolver - Saeed Khan

Most Career Focused - Anabiya Khan


Educator of the Year:

Primary - Fran Atkinson, Carlton Mills Primary School

Secondary - Sarah Wilson, Beckfoot School

Post-16 - Gary Maindonald, Bradford College


Outstanding Business of the Year:

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Marie Malcolm-Richards)


Sustainability Champions:

Reducing Pollution - Abdul-Ahad Ali, Rumaysa Elsayed, Aleena Khan, Keyaan Amar-Qayyum and Muzaina Khan

Recycle - Arran Waterhouse


Learner of the Year:

Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering - Joshua Smith

Built Environment - Eloise (Ellie) Searby

Business - Elise Fairbairn

Computing, Science and Environmental Technologies - Mohammed Bin Aamir

Creative Industries - Lauren Southgate

Health and Social Care - Conrad Relton

Hospitality, Tourism and Sport - Gabby Hahn

Public Services and Law - Robyn Cummins

Transport, Distribution and Logistics - Elisha Maltby


Bradford Essential Skills Learner of the Year:

Flexibility and Adaptability - Logan Chester

Social and Cross-Cultural Skills - Kayleigh Dunbar

Leadership and Responsibility - Zainab Data, David Ziga, Scott Robson, McKenzie Greenwood, Joseph Jude, Imaam Rubaanee, Emran Wardak, Alexander Range-Bennett, Cody O’Sullivan - Venturists

Initiative and Self-Direction - Shoaib Muhammad

Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving - Evie Travis

Creativity and Innovation - Jay Hawkins

Productivity and Accountability - Ashley Palmer

Communication and Collaboration - Harriet Barlow


Special Recognition:

Moc Court: Carlton Bolling and Carlton Keighley

Northern & Community Rail Lancashire: Oastler School

Girls Into Construction: Carlton Bolling and Carlton Keighley

Business: Shakeel Mehmood

Creative Industries: Femi Lebad

Public Services and Law: Raiyaan Zain Ameen Ali


Following on from the huge success of this year’s awards, nominations for the 2025 SkillsHouse CTE Awards will open later in the year.

SkillsHouse Careers and Technical Education is part of the wider SkillsHouse team, Bradford Council’s employment and skills service. To find out more and get involved, email BradfordCTE@bradford.gov.uk