3 October 2016

New students at Chesterfield College have been welcomed to the Infirmary Road Campus with a Big Hello festival.

The festival, designed to give new students a memorable start to the academic year and to welcome back returning students, took place at the end of the first week of the term and combined interactive stands with tasty food and the chance for students to get involved with community and fundraising events.

Special guest and social media sensation Stuggy made an appearance to speak to students about how he grew his media career, and students were given the chance to celebrate the end of their first week with games including laser tag and a rodeo sheep challenge. There was also festival make-up, hand painting and competitions, offering students the chance to find out more about the college and make new friends at the same time.

One competition sponsored by Lincoln Electric UK involved using a VRTEX Engage welding simulator with students competing for the highest score. The winner was Brandon Myatt Bennett, an ABC Awards Level 3 Diploma in Fabrication and Welding student, with a score of 96%.

Ray Peet, Career Pathway Leader, said:

“Learners visited the stand to take to on the challenge of achieving the highest score for a MAGS using the virtual welder. Whilst having an enjoyable time, it was great to see students learning new skills in fabrication and welding as well.”

As well as being an emfec member, Chesterfield College is also an ABC Awards Showcase Centre for fabrication and welding, reflecting their high standards and commitment to training students in this industry. ABC Awards and emfec are both members of the Skills and Education Group.

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