Celebrating 50 Years of successful partnership with the Freemen and Guilds

Cheshire College – South & West are honoured to announce that this year marks 50 years of The Freemen and Guilds Awards at College, by hosting their historic annual awards ceremony at its Ellesmere Port Campus.

The Freemen and Guilds Awards Evening celebrated the academic and personal achievements of 15 learners and Apprentices from across the region, studying at the College.

The Freemen and Guilds Awards which take place annually at College began in 1968. For centuries, the medieval Guilds have been associated with recruitment and training of Apprentices. The prizes are seen as a renewal of a historic bond between the Guilds and Education and symbol of encouragement and esteem for young people.

The Freemen and Guilds is made up of 23 companies including the Joiners and Carvers Company, Saddlers and Curriers, Cappers, Pinners, Wierdrawers and Linen Drapers and Barber Surgeons, Wax and Tallow Chandlers Company.

Travis Lannin, 18, from Chester, who won the Saddlers and Curriers Award and is currently studying an Apprenticeship and Advanced Apprenticeship in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair, said: ‘’I am so proud to have won my award, it was a great honour to be nominated by my tutors, it was an incredible feeling when I received the news.

‘’The College has given me endless opportunities and encouraged me right from the start. It has been hard work, however, the support from everyone at College has been incredible and it massively improved my confidence. I have secured a job in JCB and look forward to progressing in my career.’’

Tony Walker, Lecturer in Motor Vehicle, former learner at West Cheshire College, won the same award in 2010. This year he had the opportunity to nominate one of his current learners, Travis Laninn. Tony said: ‘’Travis completed his Level 2 Apprenticeship by displaying a very high level of skill and competence, despite some significant difficulties he had to face during the course.

‘’Travis’ talent was deservedly recognised by his employers at JCB, who offered Travis an exciting new career as a full-time Technician.

‘’The Motor Vehicle Team would like to wish Travis great success and all the best for the future.’’

Peter Thompson, Assistant Secretary to the Freemen and Guilds City of Chester said: “It has been great celebrating the Freemen and Guilds 50thAnniversary with Cheshire College – South & West. The winners of tonight’s awards should be extremely proud of themselves and their achievements. We wish them huge success in their careers and areas of study.”

Dhesi, Principal and Chief Executive Officer at Cheshire College – South & West, said: ‘’This is a very special evening for Cheshire College – South & West. These Awards are a long-standing tradition that recognises the historic link between our College and regional businesses.

‘’It is an honour to be celebrating 50 years of partnership with the Freemen and Guilds and a wonderful opportunity for us to celebrate the achievement of our learners. We are immensely proud of the winners who have demonstrated that through hard work and dedication, you can achieve your academic and personal goals.’’

If you are interested in studying at Cheshire College – South & West, or for more information, call 01270 654654 (Crewe Campus) 01244 656555 (Ellesmere Port & Chester Campuses) or visit ccswdev.wpengine.com


Tony Walker, Lecturer in Motor Vehicle and Travis Lannin, Winner of the Saddlers and Curriers Award