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Inspiring students from the West Cheshire College celebrate award success

June 20, 2014

Inspiring students from the North West are celebrating after winning top awards at West Cheshire’s College Annual College Awards on Thursday 5th June after excelling in their course or Apprenticeship this year.

Students and their families from across the West Cheshire region attended the College’s Ellesmere Port Campus for the Hollywood themed ceremony with award winners arriving on a red carpet and photographed by paparazzi.

Former student and Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Alex Keirl was welcomed back to the College to perform during the ceremony and Performing Arts students opened the show with a spectacular performance.

Over 40 students received awards on the evening after being nominated by their tutors for being exceptional students who have shown dedication, commitment and hard work during their studies. Winners studied a variety of subjects including fashion retail, ICT, engineering, construction, vehicle maintenance and health and social care.

Louise Brand, 21, from Chester, won the Cheshire Oaks Retail Academy Retail Student of the Year Award for her dedication on her ABC Diploma Fashion Retail Level 3 course.

She said: “I moved over from Spain to study at the College. I work in three shops alongside my course - I have had a lot of support from my tutors to keep my work at a high standard.

“I really enjoy the course and love how hands-on it is. I’ve recently been involved in the College fashion show where I made my own collection which was so much fun.

“Being involved in the fashion show made me realise that I really enjoy creating my own clothes, so my long-term career goal would be to make my own clothes to sell.”

Daniel Williams, 18, from North Wales was named West Cheshire College Student of the Year in Technical Theatre after his outstanding performance during his BTEC HND Diploma in Performing Arts Level 4.

Daniel said: “I studied technical theatre at school and was really interested in it so continued my studies at the College.

“During my time at College, I’ve been involved in a lot of events including dance shows and fashion shows and theatre performances.

“My tutor put me in touch with some technical theatre companies and through them I have done freelance work alongside my studies and have worked on a Beyonce gig and at V Festival, so I’ve had some great work experience.”

Principal and Chief Executive of West Cheshire College, Nigel Davies, said: “At the College we expect our students to achieve if not exceed their full potential, this evening is a clear example of students who have done just that.

“The winners tonight have been selected from thousands of applicants, which shows just how highly they have achieved.

“The award winners are inspirational, they are very special and the College is proud of all of our students.”

The College Awards were held as part of College’s VQ Day celebrations which recognises the value of vocational qualifications and celebrates vocational achievement.

For more information about studying full- time courses and Apprenticeships at West Cheshire College, call the College hotline on 01244 656555 or visit

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