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A right royal award for London’s Liliana

Left to right: Liliana Jenaru, Keith Lambert and Issa Tahhan of the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners, and Sue Pritchard, Liliana’s tutor at South Thames College.

Left to right: Liliana Jenaru, Keith Lambert and Issa Tahhan of the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners, and Sue Pritchard, Liliana’s tutor at South Thames College.

by Hannah Murdoch

A London staff member rubbed shoulders with royalty when she visited Buckingham Palace to receive an award for outstanding achievement in her vocational training.

Liliana Jenaru, Team Leader Support Officer in North East London, was presented with an award by The Princess Royal in recognition of her hard work during the first two levels of her City and Guilds Facilities Services Apprenticeship, completed at South Thames College while working for NHS Property Services.

Liliana first came to NHSPS as an agency cleaner, but her enthusiasm for progression soon saw her awarded with a promotion to her current role.

Liliana collecting her award from Her Royal Highness Princess Anne.

Liliana collecting her award from Her Royal Highness Princess Anne.

Liliana said: “I couldn’t believe it when I was told I had been chosen to go to Buckingham Palace. It was an incredible day and Princess Anne was really nice in person.

“I am grateful to have been offered the chance to do these courses while working; I was so happy when I was invited to interview for Team Leader Support after finishing my Level Two training, and I don’t have the words to thank my managers for all the support they have given me.

“Who knows what the future holds, but I am looking forward to continuing to grow in my role, and I am excited about continuing to learn so I can bring new skills and knowledge to my team.”

City and Guilds was founded by the City of London and 16 Livery Companies in 1878 and has maintained close links with the Livery Companies ever since. Every year, the Environmental Cleaners Company rewards outstanding City and Guilds learners for their achievements, and it was as their representative that Liliana was invited to the Palace.

Liliana recently embarked on Level Three of her course, which teaches facilities management, and she hopes it will help her continue to progress in her career with NHS Property Services.

Tony Griffiths at NHS Property Services said: “I was absolutely delighted to hear about Liliana’s achievement.

“Her story really is testament to the value of workplace training. Investing in learning not only helps staff achieve their full potential, it also allows employers to harness their talent and enthusiasm for the benefit of the company.”