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Calderdale College Celebrates Vocational Excellence

10th June 2014 <b>Calderdale</b> College Celebrates Vocational Excellence

On Wednesday 4th June, Calderdale College joined the annual VQ Day celebrations by hosting a VQ Awards Ceremony at the Victoria Theatre in Halifax. The evening was compered by Performing Arts Lecturer Adam Smith and Student Union President & Level 2 Professional Cookery student Abby Horrocks.

Now in its seventh year, VQ Day 2014 is a national event which recognises the value of vocational qualifications and celebrates vocational achievement. Award nominations are selected not only in recognition of their success and achievement in their chosen field, but also for their commitment and for the positive impact that their learning experience has had on their lives, including how their success has impacted on the wider community.

Level 3 Dance students opened the show with three engaging and dynamic sequences from their show Velocity and Level 3 Music student & Singer/Songwriter ‘Oliver Stock’ captivated the crowd with his amazing voice singing ‘Sun Don’t Shine’ by Will Heard. The evening concluded with a closing speech from Sharon Smith, Vice Principal - Learning & Achievement and an open invitation to enjoy the buffet.

The winners are as follows:

  • Most Improved Young Learners of the Year – Winners Aruzo Zahiri and Noor Zahiri, Level 1 ESOL students.
  • Most Improved Adult Learner of the Year – Winner Helen Filby-Scoffin, Level 2 Professional Cookery student.
  • Young Apprentice of the Year – Winner Chelsea Keenan, Level 2 Customer Service student.
  • Adult Apprentice of the Year – Winner Wayne Armstrong, Level 3 Electrical student.
  • Significant Contribution to College & Community (Under 18) – Winner Nathan Hall, Level 3 Performing Arts student.
  • Significant Contribution to College & Community (18+) – Winner Connor Nield, Level 3 Public Services student.
  • Most Enterprising Young Learner – Winner Mohammed Hassan, Level 1 Business and Travel & Tourism student.
  • Most Enterprising Adult Learner – Winner Edward Nas, Level 3 Barbering student.
  • Young Learner of the Year (VQ Hero) – Winner Coran Nelson, Level 3 Health & Social Care student.
  • Adult Learner of the Year (VQ Hero) – Winner Robert MacKerill, Level 3 IT student.
  • Keith McDonald Inspirational Learner of the Year Award – Winner Foxy Daley, HND Art & Design student.

Winner of the Keith McDonald Inspirational Learner of the Year Award, HND Art & Design student, Foxy Daley, 23, from Castleford said: “I am so proud because people have recognised that I want to achieve and that I have ambition. The College lets me learn what I want to learn and how I want to learn. It has been great to look back on work and know that I have improved and to see how far I have come. I am so proud, because people have recognised that I want to achieve and that I have ambition.”

Winner of the Young Learner of the Year award (VQ Hero), Level 3 Health & Social Care student Coran Nelson, 17, from Northowram, is now one step closer to becoming an Army Nurse and is planning on studying Public Services at the College. “My tutor is the best tutor I have ever had. Being nominated is something to be proud of, but winning tops it all off. I would definitely recommend the College, you get a lot of support from your tutors and people think it is like school, but it is not, you are treated like adults.”

Level 3 IT student, Robert Mackerill, 29, who is now one step closer to pursuing a career in Database Management describes his time at the College: “It has been the best time of my life, I have recently lost the one person in my life that means everything to me. My grandma died last month and I am lucky enough to have some brilliant tutors that let me have the last eight weeks of her life with her.”

Upon receiving Adult Learner of the Year (VQ Hero) award he said: “This award is not for me it is for my nan, she was the one that pushed me to do better and be better and one of the biggest things she said to me was – ‘it is not what happens to you that makes you, it is how you deal with what happens that makes you’.

Winner of the Most Improved Adult Learner of the Year Award, Level 2 Professional Cookery student, Helen Filby-Scoffin, 47, from Hebden Bridge talks about her course and tutors: “I have learnt so much, it has been invaluable and it has given me a lot of confidence in an area that I didn’t have much confidence in before. My tutor is incredibly professional, really dynamic, energetic and incredibly organised. It is quite difficult being a lot older than my fellow students and giving up quite a lucrative job and embarking on career change - I really feel my tutors have been behind me all the way.”

Chelsea Keenan, Level 2 Customer Service student, 19, from Halifax who won Young Apprentice of the Year talks about her time at the College and Covéa Insurance: “It has been fantastic; the fact that you can earn while you learn and find something you actually want to do is really good. Covéa Insurance are fantastic, they couldn’t be more supportive. My qualification means a lot and I am now working full time at Covéa.”

Jan Hodges, CEO of the Edge Foundation, the leading organisation behind VQ Day said: “When it comes to getting the edge, vocational qualifications can help set people apart by providing a practical, hands on learning experience unique to vocational education. It can be used by people of all ages within their current or future careers or as a stepping stone for further education.

“VQ Day is an opportunity to recognise the value of vocational qualifications and celebrate vocational achievements both for the individual and the nation. With suitably skilled and trained people, we can help strengthen workplaces across the UK.”

To view photos of event visit our photo album on the website and Facebook.

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