Small Business Beats Major European Companies to Take Silver at Learning Awards 2019

The Learning Awards 2019 saw hundreds of entrants from around the globe competing for 15 awards categories. Leading global brands were pitched alongside first-time submissions from emerging companies, all competing to win one of the prestigious awards.

The judges presented Bluestone College the Silver award for their innovative learning methods. Founded in 2017, Bluestone College has grown rapidly, providing vocational training for school leavers to those in their 60’s in three core subjects – personal training, sports massage therapy and exercise referral. Bluestone College were entered for the Innovation in Learning Award. Trading for only 2 years, Bluestone was pitched against leading global brands such as EDF Energy and Santander.

This award was open to any organisation who can demonstrate a unique and innovative contribution to the delivery of learning. Among other factors, judges were looking for organisations using new and ground-breaking ways to engage with learners, stimulate the creation of knowledge and integrate learning and work.

Bluestone stood out from the other entrants due to the innovative way that their courses are delivered. Unlike many of their competitors, their bespoke courses, which are Ofqual-approved and YMCA-accredited, are delivered on-site in tutor-led, face-to-face small groups, run over 16 weeks with intensive full-day learning. Students also have access to state-of-the-art facilities thanks to Bluestone’s partnership with The Village Hotel Group.

Joe Turner, Founder and CEO of Bluestone College, said:
“It was a fantastic evening, and to be sat next to a college from America and a University from Australia was an honour for us as we only established Bluestone College just two years ago from our sofa! We’ve come such a long way in just two years – so to pick up an award such as this is just unbelievable.”

Jim Bryant, Head of Education at Bluestone College, said:
“This is a very proud moment for Bluestone College. For our hard work to be recognised within the industry is a big achievement, especially as Bluestone was only founded in 2017. Coming up against such established brands is flattering for a budding company like us. We look forward to continuing our innovative learning methods.”

The Learning Awards were held at the world-renowned Dorchester Hotel in London, which was hosted by TV star, Claudia Winkleman. Attended by over 450 industry guests and finalist, the Awards were live-streamed across the globe.