GTA England congratulate Gen2 CEO awarded OBE For services to skills training and voluntary service to Cumbria community

Mike Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Gen2, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours for 2015 in recognition of his services to skills, training, and voluntary service to the community of Cumbria. Following a successful 20 years in the nuclear industry working in various senior roles, Mike, who is a Charted Engineer byprofession, led the project that eventually saw Gen2 Training established in 2000. Gen2 has since become Cumbria’s premier provider of work based learning, offering a range of apprenticeships, commercial courses and higher education programmes. GTA England member, Gen2 has links with many of Cumbria’s most established employers and boasts a 94% employment rate to individuals completing their apprenticeship. This figure is considerably higher than the national average and reflects the vision that Mike had for Gen2 when starting the organisation – to develop talent, meet industry needs and provide long term sustainable careers for the Cumbrian community. Mike said of his award “I am honoured and delighted to receive the OBE, not just for the recognition of my services to further education but also for the community of Cumbria. It goes without saying that it is a great honour and a privilege to be have been recognised in this way”.

Mike goes on to say that “it’s not only recognition for myself but for Gen2 and all of its staff, without whose dedicated support and professionalism over the years, none of my achievements would have been possible“.

Under Mike’s leadership, Gen2 continues to grow year on year and 2015 saw the highest ever number of applicants in the organisation’s recruitment history. Mike remains a very active part of the community and works tirelessly to ensure continued success for Gen2 as well as further and higher education in Cumbria as  a whole.

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