12 October 2017

Inspirational Chesterfield College student, Joyce Abumujor, has been named a finalist of the Association of Colleges Student of the Year awards.

Joyce has returned to college to study plumbing and bricklaying so that she can take the skills she is learning back to her Nigerian roots to give vulnerable young girls the opportunities she never had to learn a trade. She plans to work with existing academies in Nigeria and across Africa to teach girls construction skills enabling them to build a career and a brighter future.

She has just completed her level 1 qualification in plumbing and level 2 bricklaying and has returned this year to study for a level 2 in plumbing  and a Diploma in Construction & Built Environment.

The awards celebrate truly unique students who have not just overcome adversity or who are naturally gifted. Student of the Year finalists have used their achievements and talents to give back and positively impact their college and/or community.

Joyce’s attitude, work ethic and commitment to her studies and long term goal are incredible. Her tutors talk about the positive effect she has had on the rest of the group she studies with. They also say that the way Joyce shares her life experiences with them has definitely made them think and behave differently. They have witnessed how her natural nurturing approach has helped many of her other fellow students in and out of the classroom.

The winners of the awards will be announced at a special dinner at the Association of Colleges’ Annual Conference on 14 November.

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