Celebrations of Outstanding Student Performance

Celebrations of Outstanding Student Performance

It’s the time of the year when Blackpool and the Fylde College holds celebrations of outstanding student performance. These include the Student of the Year Awards and the Annual Apprentice Awards.

Student of the Year Awards

Blackpool and The Fylde College celebrates outstanding student performance

Outstanding performance and extra effort by students at Blackpool and The Fylde College over the past year has been marked at the annual Student of the Year Awards held recently at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Nine students were awarded a Gold Award* for achievements that along with good academic work included an excellent attendance record, involvement in extra-curricular college and community activities, and giving support to fellow students.

Young Student of the Year

Fleetwood Nautical Campus student William Clarke was crowned ‘Young Student of the Year’. The 17-year-old from Worcestershire is studying to become a merchant navy officer and has already reached the first step on his career path with the award of a Level 3 Diploma in Shipping and Maritime Operations.

Celebrations of Outstanding Student Performance. William Clarke, Student of the Year, with Alan Cavill, Chair of the B&FC Board
Celebrations of Outstanding Student Performance. William Clarke, Student of the Year, with Alan Cavill, Chair of the B&FC Board

Thomas Borrill, the tutor who nominated him for the award, said: “William has impressed staff with his enthusiasm for a career at sea. He is dedicated to his studies and shows a level of maturity beyond his years, which will serve him well and one day enable him to be an excellent Merchant Navy officer.”

Adult Student of the Year

Nadine Ellis, 33, from Blackpool received the award for Adult Student of the Year. Her studies at the School of Creative Arts and Digital Technologies will lead to a Level 3 Diploma in Photography.

Nadine’s tutors described her as being an incredibly hardworking student who has made her mark on the course and the College by getting involved with and championing many important campaigns, ideas and events.

Higher Education Student of the Year

The award for Higher Education Student of the Year went to Lorna Parry, 27, from Thornton Cleveleys who has just completed a BSc Honours degree in Software Engineering and Games Development.

Celebrations of Outstanding Student Performance. Lorna Parry, Adult Student of the Year, with Alan Cavill
Celebrations of Outstanding Student Performance. Lorna Parry, Adult Student of the Year, with Alan Cavill

This has enabled her to land what she describes as “my dream job” as a Games Engine Programmer with a leading independent Microsoft licensed games development studio.

Nigel Brown, Director for Students said: “The performance of these students is very impressive. They have all shown a clear focus on and strong commitment to their studies that has seen some remarkable academic achievements. All the students have progressed onto higher level study or into highly skilled employment.

“At the same time they have demonstrated support for a wide range of college activities in support of their co-students and in the wider community. It is this fully-rounded approach to study and to student life that has made each of them a well-deserved winner.”

Annual Apprentice Awards Event

Apprentices and employers recognised at Blackpool and The Fylde College annual apprentice awards

Students who have successfully completed Intermediate, Advanced and Higher Apprenticeships at Blackpool and The Fylde College, along with a number of leading employers have been recognised at the College’s annual Apprentice Awards event.

Top television and radio presenter Steph McGovern was the guest of honour at the ceremony held at Blackpool Pleasure Beach and she presented scrolls to each apprentice who had completed their course.

Known best today for covering business affairs on the BBC Breakfast show, consumer issues on Watchdog, and personal finance affairs on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Wake up to Money programme, Steph has a strong engineering background and at the age of 19 was named ‘Young Engineer for Britain’. She is a very vocal advocate of and supporter for apprentice training, saying at the event the “this is where the real brains of Britain are to be found!”

Higher Apprentice of the Year

Fourteen apprentices had been nominated by their employer for the top award of Higher Apprentice of the Year. This went to 21-year-old Ella Penswick, who is studying a Level 4 Apprenticeship in Professional Accounting and Taxation.

Higher Apprentice of the Year Ella Penswick
Higher Apprentice of the Year Ella Penswick

Ella works in the Finance Department at Blackpool Council and the nomination from her employer described her as always eager to learn new technical skills and having a positive attitude to work.

Through its commercial wing B&FC for Business, the College has links with over 1,800 firms and organisations across the North West, of all sizes and in a wide variety of employment sectors.

It forges close working partnerships with them to jointly create workforce development strategies that ensure that the college is delivering training and education to meet their needs and support their growth. This high level of collaboration was recognised at the Apprentice of the Year Awards with three awards to employers.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust were joint recipients of the Employer of the Year Award in the large organisation category.

Jacqueline Higham, who received the award on behalf of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, commented: “We feel privileged to be working with a college that has an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating. The quality of the professional relationship that we have built up with the college is now enabling us to grow opportunities for students to advance further through work-based placements that support the college curriculum. It’s a perfect win-win situation!”

Employer of the Year Award

Blackpool building and property maintenance company Bambers Remedial Contractors Limited received the Employer of the Year Award in the Small to Medium Employer category. Managing Director Dave Bamber said that the partnership with B&FC for Business provides his company with employees who have a high level of skill that really supports the growth of the business.

Mr & Mrs Bamber, Employer of the Year at the Annual Apprentice Awards
Mr & Mrs Bamber, Employer of the Year at the Annual Apprentice Awards

“It’s a good working relationship that works for all sides,” says Mr Bamber. “The apprentice, us as the employer, and the college as the training provider all gain from working together in the way that we do.”

The Employer Outstanding Contribution Award was made to the Vella Group. This leading UK vehicle repair group has both school-leavers undertaking apprenticeships and existing employees upgrading their skills across the entire range of vehicle repair and refinishing skills. All receive their training in the £10.8m Advanced Technology Centre at the B&FC Bispham campus, which is equipped with industry standard equipment and facilities.

Claire Jamieson, Business Development Director and head of B&FC for Business, said: “These awards highlight just how much employers can gain from partnering with us. Our unequalled range of courses covers a broad range of business, commercial and public sector activities from health to project management and automotive to nuclear engineering. Multi-million pound investments in our facilities and industry expert tutors ensure that we can deliver training to the highest current industry standards.”

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