Cheshire College – South & West hosted the first of two annual Learners Awards at its Ellesmere Port Campus last night.
The awards is an opportunity to celebrate learner success. The awards recognise those who have made a real impression on staff, contributed to College life and achieved academically.
Dhesi, Principal and CEO at Cheshire College – South & West, said: “It’s hard to believe that we are already coming to the end of the College year.
“This is a very special evening for Cheshire College – South & West. It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to recognise the outstanding achievements of learners, in front of the families, friends and tutors who supported them along the way.
“Part of our commitment is to ensure that when learners leave us and progress into employment or University, that they do so, not only with excellent qualifications, but also with skills that will help them to succeed in their chosen careers and throughout their life.”
This year, 45 individual awards were presented on the evening, to learners studying a wide range of courses.
Jessica Lennon, from Chester, won the Media and Games Learner of the Year, sponsored by C3 Imaging. Jessica said: “ I have loved studying at Cheshire College – South & West! The course is constantly adapting and enabling learners to gain relevant skills, suitable for the industry and the tutors are amazing, always challenging us and helping us develop new partnerships.
“I am lucky enough to work alongside lots of great designers, who produce outstanding, innovative work, so I am feeling honoured to have won!”
James Saunders, Computing and IT learner, from Bebbington, won the Award for Outstanding Contribution to College Life, sponsored by Fly High Media. James has continuously supported his peers throughout his time at College and has shown great commitment to his course.
James commented: “I was completely shocked when I found out I was receiving the award. It’s a real privilege to have even been nominated.
“I have loved my time at College. We have always had exciting projects and been exposed to new opportunities. I enjoy working alongside others who are passionate about the same subject areas as me, it’s great being able to collaborate and challenge my existing skills.
“I will be leaving College, excited for what the future holds!”
The learners were praised for their excellent academic achievements and for the impressive ambition, determination and enthusiasm they demonstrated which helped them reach their goals.
Award winners and their guests arrived at the ceremony to be greeted by Hospitality and Catering Learners serving a selection of delicious non-alcoholic mocktails and canapés, that they had made themselves.
The ceremony then commenced with a stunning performance by A Level learner and singer, Phoebe Crewe.
Guest speakers for the evening were successful entrepreneurs, Sid Madge, Founder of Mad Hen and the Meee Programme and Matthew Pyke, former learner and Managing Director of Fly High Media.
Matthew Pyke, Managing Director at Fly High Media, gave an inspiring talk about his time at College and how it supported his journey to success. Matthew commented: “It was great to be invited back to present in front current learners, their guests and staff, many of whom were familiar faces.
“Lots of great awards were presented across a wide range of curriculum areas and it’s fantastic to see the College celebrating their success and raising aspirations, as part of this annual awards ceremony.
“It is clear that a lot of hard work, dedication, creativity, passion and commitment is embedded into learners, I am sure they will all go on to have successful careers.”
Chloe Richards, another Awesome Alumni, came to celebrate with the College last night. Chloe studied Level 3 Travel and Tourism, before landing her dream career with British Airways, three years ago.
Chloe said: “I remember attending the Learner Awards during my time at Cheshire College – South & West. I won the ‘Travel and Tourism Learner of the Year’ Award! It is lovely to see so many friendly faces and meet the current learners, they have all done extremely well this year.
“I would not have been able to get to where I am today without the continuous support from the College, even now, tutors are supportive and encouraging of my career goals. I look back on my time there with fond memories, so it’s great that I am still able to be so involved in shaping the careers of others.”
If you are interested in studying at Cheshire College – South & West, or for more information, call 01270 654 654 (Crewe Campus) / 01244 656 555 (Ellesmere Port and Chester Campuses) or visit www.ccsw.ac.uk.