College celebrates historic annual awards ceremony

South Cheshire College/West Cheshire College proudly hosted The Freemen and Guilds of the City of Chester’s historic annual awards ceremony at its Ellesmere Port Campus.

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

The Awards, a tradition spanning back to 1968, represents the historic bond between education and the companies of the Freemen and Guilds, who support the recruitment and training of Apprentices within their trades.

Kelly Spence, 36, from Delamere, who won the Bakers Award and is currently studying an Advanced Apprenticeship in Hospitality at Delamere Academy where she produces meals from fresh ingredients for 150 students and staff, said: “I started at the school as a Kitchen Assistant as it gave me the flexibility to fit around my family life. It’s been amazing as the Apprenticeship has given me the opportunity to learn, develop my skills and ultimately a career. I was very shocked and thrilled to have won this award this evening.”

Niall Mottershaw, 19, from Chester, won the Joiners and Carvers Company Award and is working for Kier Living as an Apprentice in Carpentry and Joinery, said: “I started at the College on a Level 1 course in Carpentry and Joinery. The opportunity for this Apprenticeship came up and it’s been amazing – I’ve had loads of experience and learnt lots of new skills.”

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.

Ian Dutton, Vice President of the Freemen and Guilds of the City of Chester and a former student himself at West Cheshire College, said: “The winners of tonight’s awards should be immensely proud of their achievements. We wish them huge success in their careers and areas of study.”

Jasbir Dhesi, Principal and Chief Executive at South Cheshire College/ West Cheshire College said: “These Awards are a long-standing tradition that recognises the historic link between our College and regional businesses. We are very proud of all of the winners who have demonstrated that through hard-work and dedication, you can achieve your academic and personal goals.”