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Young students honoured in College Awards

May 31, 2012

West Cheshire College presented awards to eight young students aged 14 to 16 years old during an annual awards ceremony celebrating their successes and hard work.

The awards were presented by Cheshire Jets coach Paul Smith and were given to students who have excelled in their vocational subject.

Among the winners were Jessica Smith from beauty therapy, Jack Millington from construction skills, Shannon Ellwell from hair and beauty and Robbie Massam from hospitality and catering who were nominated for the awards due to their high levels of achievement, effort and attendance.

Judi Dodd, Senior Schools Liaison Co-ordinator at West Cheshire College, said: “The College offers a wide range of courses for 14-16 year olds. They work very hard and their tutors are very proud of their high level of talent and commitment, so we hold an awards ceremony for them every year to reward their achievements.”

Jessica Smith, 15, from Chester, who was among the winners, said: “I decided to do the beauty therapy course at the College because it was something I wanted to get experience in. I really enjoyed the course and using the new facilities.

“I was really shocked to have won the award, but it was really nice that people at the College thought so highly and nominated me for the award.

“I’ve just finished school and I plan to come back to College full-time to study beauty therapy in September.”

Paul Smith gave a speech about his career with the Cheshire Jets before presenting the awards. He said: “It was an honour to be at the 14-16 year old awards. I have been presenting these awards for the past couple of years and I keep coming back because I really enjoy meeting the young people and rewarding them on their successes.”

Each year a small number of 14 to 16-year-olds opt to spend part of their time at the College on a variety of vocational courses, some of which include weekly work experience, in addition to their school-based GCSEs. 

Vocational learning on offer to 14 to 16-year-olds at the College includes engineering, construction, public services, hospitality and catering or health and social care, either through the Young Apprentice’s or School Link’s Programme. 

For a full list of courses for 14-16 year olds or more information on the courses call the College hotline on 01244 656 555 or visit www.west-cheshire.ac.uk.

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