Freeman and Guilds

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

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.”