Students of City of Bristol College celebrate on stage as they hold their awards
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Student Awards 2019: an inspiring celebration of student achievements

City of Bristol College’s annual Student Awards Evening was an inspiring celebration of achievements, and an endorsement of the College’s work with employers to create quality opportunities for students to learn and work.    

Nineteen awards were presented to recognise the hard work, progress and contribution made by students and employers during the past year.  

Ali Vowles, BBC Points West and Radio Bristol presenter, was the keynote speaker at the event, which was hosted by Paris Troy, former Heart Radio breakfast show presenter.  Ali, who was born in Bristol and spent her childhood and most of her career in the South West, gave an inspiring speech taking the audience through her learning and career journey.   

She commented: “There are so many inspirational people receiving awards tonight, showing the level of commitment, encouragement and support that students at City of Bristol College receive from their teachers. I’m very proud to have been a part of tonight’s event and wish all winners and nominees luck in their futures.”

Richard Harris, Acting Principal and Chief Executive at City of Bristol College, was delighted to see students and employers receive their well-deserved awards.  He said: “Our annual awards evening is a highlight of the college year as it radiates the great pride that we feel about our students, our college, our partnerships and our city. 

“Our fantastic teachers and the employers we work with, make sure that our students are given opportunities to gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to progress and succeed. These awards recognise the personal accomplishments, academic achievements and progress of students who have done just that.  We applaud their hard work, commitment and motivation; we congratulate them on their success; and look forward to their bright futures.

“Success is rarely achieved alone however, so it is important to acknowledge and thank the family, friends, staff and employers who have supported our students during their time at college.  They have undoubtedly, contributed significantly to their achievements. 

“This is also a great opportunity to highlight the enormous value to be gained from educators and employers working together.  At City of Bristol College, we collaborate with our partners to create a variety of opportunities for students to learn and work, and to deliver talented, skilled and enthusiastic employees to help the city’s businesses to thrive.  I would like to thank our employers for their continued support and for their sponsorship of our awards this evening.

City of Bristol College students Ikra Akhtar and Ruby Beth Williams were thrilled when they found out they had won the Principal’s Award.

Ikra Akhtar commented: “I feel proud to receive this award as my hard work and effort has been recognised. I get fantastic support at the college and the teachers have inspired me to push myself to reach my potential. I’ve gained educational and practical experience to prepare me for the future and improving my English and maths skills has helped me progress in all areas of my studies.”

A cheerful Ruby Beth Williams said: “I’m amazed to be given an award because I didn’t do well at school. I’m much happier at college because I’m learning about something that I’ve wanted to do all my life – it has made me have a brighter look on life. My teacher is really good, she explains everything clearly and I like college because I am treated like an adult. Winning the Principal’s Award is recognition of all my hard work – thank you.”

The following awards were presented on the night of the event:

Outstanding Achievement Award– Under 19s

Winner: Reece Applin

Course studied: Bench Joinery (Intermediate Apprenticeship), Bristol City Council

Sponsored by: Bespoke

Outstanding Achievement Award – Adults

Winner: Ewan Hale

Course studied: Access to Higher Education Diploma Level 3

Sponsored by: Taylor Shaw

Effort and Determination Award – Under 19s

Winner: Adrian Robins

Course studied: Prince’s Trust

Sponsored by: Accent

Effort and Determination Award – Adults 

Winner: Ikra Akhtar

Courses studied: Childcare & Education Level 3 Diploma

Sponsored by: Accent

Contribution to the Community Award– Under 19s 

Winner: Maisey Clough

Course studied: Beauty Therapy Diploma Level 2

Sponsored by: St Monica Trust

Contribution to College Life Award – Under 19s (Joint Award)

Winner: Callum Holt and Tara Welch

Course studied: Health & Fitness Diploma Level 2

Sponsored by: Kiss

Contribution to College Life Award – Adults

Winner: Joel England

Course studied: Supported Internship

Sponsored by: Taylor Shaw

Apprentice of the Year Award – Under 19s

Winner: Georgia Talbot

Course studied: Accounting (Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeships), with DoubleTree by Hilton

Sponsored by: South West Apprenticeship Company

Apprentice of the Year Award – Adults

Winner: Beverley Compton

Course studied: Leadership & Management (Advanced Apprenticeship) with Avon and Somerset Police

Sponsored by: Royds Withy King

Progression Award – Under 19s 

Winner: Amelia Boult

Course studied: Culinary Skills Certificate Level 2

Sponsored by: Barclays

Progression Award – Adults 

Winner: Hamilton Smith

Course studied: Community Development Certificate Level 2

Sponsored by: Barclays

Early College Award 

Winner: Sophie Lawrence

Course studied: Hair & Beauty Diploma, Level 1

Sponsored by: City Restaurant

Star Award

Winner: Ruby Beth Williams

Course studied: Health & Social Care Foundation Learning Certificate Level 1

Sponsored by: Bristol Live

Community Partner of the Year Award

Winner: Brentry and Henbury Children’s Centre

Partnership details: Community Volunteering Programme

Sponsored by: Heart FM

Employer Partner of the Year Award

Winner: Swissport GB Ltd (at Bristol Airport)                                         

Partnership details: Learning and employment opportunities for aviation students

Sponsored by: Sounds Commercial

Employer Partner of the Year Award

Winner: Star Legal

Partnership details: Accounting Apprenticeships

Sponsored by: Sounds Commercial

Lee Sheriton Award for Endeavour                                           

Winner: Lewis Fry

Course studied: Diploma in Interactive Media with Games Design Level 3

Principal’s Award

Winner: Ruby Beth Williams

Course studied: Health & Social Care Foundation Learning Certificate Level 1

Principal’s Award

Winner: Ikra Akhtar

Courses studied: Childcare & Education Level 3 Diploma

The awards event, which was held at the College’s fantastic South Bristol Skills Academy, was a great opportunity for hospitality and floristry students to showcase their skills.  A delicious buffet was prepared and served to guests by catering and hospitality students and the venue was decorated with striking floral arrangements.

The Student Awards Evening photo gallery is available here. 

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