15 June 2017

Outstanding students, apprentices and employers were given special recognition at Chesterfield College Group’s annual awards ceremony last night. The event, held at the Proact Stadium, recognised the personal and academic achievements of students at all stages of their educational journey as well as employers who are committed to developing the skills of their workforce.

Staff from across the college nominated learners and employers, across the nine award categories, who have demonstrated exceptional ability and commitment over the academic year.

Gill Parkes, Deputy Principal of the Chesterfield College Group said:

“Tonight has been truly inspirational. I would like to congratulate everybody who has been nominated for an award. They have shown exceptional commitment to developing their own skills or the skills of others.”

“We have heard stories of students who have overcome adversity; proved their exceptional talent; demonstrated professionalism beyond their years and of those who have put in an extraordinary amount of hard work in and out of college to achieve their dreams. I am extremely proud that Chesterfield College Group can help them on their educational journey. I look forward to seeing where that leads in years to come.”

Student of the Year, Molly Bardwell, age 20, from Eyam, who is studying electrical engineering was nominated by her tutor, Ray Peet, for her consistently high commitment to her studies and her outstanding work ethic.

He said:

“Molly is determined to succeed by improving her academic and practical skills. She is constantly striving to achieve her goals.”

Inspirational adult learner Joyce Abumujor, age 50, from Sutton in Ashfield, was the winner of the Adult Student of the Year category. She received several nominations from her bricklaying and plumbing tutors. Joyce is originally from Nigeria and has lived in the UK for 12 years. She decided to come to Chesterfield College last year to learn construction skills to enable her to return to Africa to teach vulnerable young girls the skills they need to build a career and a brighter future.

Old Cesterfeldian’s Trust sponsored an award for a student who has demonstrated tenacity and resilience in pursuit of their studies, progressing from a level 3 course onto university-level study. A level student, Charles Blagdon, age 23, from Ashover, was named the winner of this award and presented with a prize of £200 to help support his studies.

Other winners at the awards ceremony were:

Inspiration Award – Sean O Hara

Apprentice of the Year – Abida Ndenga

Employer of the Year – Smith of Derby

Higher Education Award – Emily Summers

Foundation Studies Student of the Year – Declan Cotton

Improvement Award – Charlie Menezes

Chesterfield College is a highly successful and vibrant college based in North Derbyshire with excellent pass rates and high student success levels.

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