Cheshire College – South & West is celebrating another term of fantastic academic achievements, with learners securing leading roles in national campaigns, successfully achieving university scholarships, launching their own businesses and much more.
Kyle Owen, a 24-year-old rapper from Ellesmere Port and Level 5 Creative Media Production learner at Cheshire College – South & West, is just one of the young creators and innovators who stands on the cusp of greatness heralding a new dawn for the region.
Kyle, also known by his artist name That’s Juvey, was recently selected by Liverpool Football Club and JD Sports to promote the team’s new kit ahead of the season in the ‘New Kids on the Kop’ campaign. It didn’t stop there for Kyle though as his music then landed him on the soundtrack of LFCs new documentary, released in November, featuring alongside American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey.
Kyle commented: “I have been writing and recording music for as long as I can remember. I grew up listening to my dad’s scouse house records, it all stemmed from there.
“I believe in spirits — they write the lyrics. It takes the pressure off me. It’s what the Greeks believed in, the nine muses who allowed the artists to create and I believe I’m just the conduit. Where I’m from bleeds out through the rhythms — the sounds and the accent, it’s a working-class rhythm.
“I joined the College in September 2020 and have enjoyed focusing on perfecting my storytelling and film-making. The tutors are experts, and the support we receive is absolutely phenomenal. I can’t wait to finish and apply everything I have learnt to my career.”
Kyle Owen, Level 5 Creative Media Production learner, featured in the ‘New Kids on the Kop’ campaign
Another exceptional learner is Jamie Long who studied A Level English Language alongside BTEC Business at the College’s Crewe Campus. Jamie has recently been awarded a High Achievers Scholarship at Edge Hill University, which recognises outstanding grades of at least 144 UCAS Tariff points in A Level or BTEC examinations.
Jamie is currently studying Secondary English Education with QTS at university and has hopes to begin his career as a secondary school English teacher upon graduating. However, he believes none of this would have been possible without the help and guidance from staff at Cheshire College – South & West.
“The support I received from the College was fantastic. I struggled at first balancing the work for my A Levels with my first year BTEC, but my Personal Development Tutor and course lead developed personalised plans alongside me and my parents to help me with my workload. If it wasn’t for their help and one-on-one support, I would have really struggled to gain the results I did and ultimately get offers from the universities I applied to.
“I would not be at university now if it wasn’t for everything Cheshire College did for me and I personally believe you will not find the level of passion shown by staff from anywhere else!”
As part of the High Achievers Scholarship, Jamie will receive £1,000 paid in two equal instalments during his first year of study to help support his tuition.
In August 2020, Charlotte Bradley, Level 3 Hairdressing Apprenticeship Alumni, officially opened her own salon, CHB Studios Ltd, in Chester. Here’s what she had to say:
“I chose to study an Apprenticeship after completing my Year 10 Work Experience. I was with the salon for two weeks and on my last day they offered me a part-time role.”
“The hands-on approach to learning was perfect for me. It really developed my independence and it was great that I was earning as well!
“The College were really supportive the entire time I was there. They regularly visited me in the workplace and encouraged me to take every opportunity. The tutors were fantastic too, they are experts in their industry, which has helped me refine my knowledge and skills.
“I can’t wait to see what the future holds… more success I hope!”
Jordan Swift, Director of Marketing and School Partnerships, said: “We are passionate about ensuring learners leave with industry relevant skills so that they have the best start to their career, whichever pathway they choose.
“It has been fantastic to see our learners successfully progress onto various destinations. We’re extremely proud of their success and can’t wait to see what the rest of the academic year will bring!”
If you would like to know more about studying at Cheshire College – South & West visit ccsw.ac.uk.