20 June 2016

Exemplary students, apprentices and employers were recognised at an award ceremony at Chesterfield College.

The ceremony celebrated the hard work, commitment and dedication of students and those who work with the college to ensure their current and future workforce has the skills they need.

Awards were presented to recognise a range of academic and personal achievements including commitment to learning, outstanding achievements and investment in workplace training. Staff nominated students from across the college and awards recognised students studying on foundation studies courses as well as higher education courses.

Stuart Cutforth, Principal at Chesterfield College, said:

“Our students and apprentices are all at different stages in their lives and have different aims and goals, but one thing they do have in common is their passion for learning and self-improvement and that is really something worth celebrating.

“Our awards tonight have recognised those people and organisations who stand out as going the extra mile to make the difference on their own educational journeys or to influence others. It’s been a really inspirational evening.”

Chidcare student, Megan Talbot, aged 20 from Chesterfield won the student of the year competition. Her tutors nominated her because despite a difficult start and juggling the demands of studying with looking after a young child, she has shown resilience and dedication that has meant she has exceeded all expectations.

Megan has also been a brilliant ambassador for the college taking part in a range of community events, volunteering projects and mentoring schemes.

Tarmac won the Employer of the Year award for their commitment to apprenticeships and the quality of the training and extracurricular development that they offer their engineering apprentices.

The Apprentice of the Year award was presented to Megan Cameron, aged 19 from Eckington. Despite a variety of personal issues Megan has overcome many barriers to achieve her Level 2 apprenticeship.

She has done this with an overwhelming positive attitude towards learning and has made the most of the support on offer to her through all levels of her traineeship and apprenticeship showing an unbelievable commitment to achieving her dream of becoming a qualified childcare worker.

Other winners on the night included:

· Jasmin Senior, Health and Social Care student - Commitment to Learning Award
· Amy Sharpe, Sixth form student – Improvement Award
· Cheryl Booth Beauty student – Inspirational Learner Award
· Natalie King, Hospitality Student - Outstanding Achievement Award
· Harrison Davies, Foundation Studies student - Foundation Studies Student of the Year
· Michael Davison, Access to Higher Education student – Adult Student of the Year
· Cuan Whitworth, BSc (Hons) Information Technology Student – Higher Education Student of the Year
· Slack & Parr Ltd - Investment in Workplace Training

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