Outstanding students recognised with awards

11 July 2016

Burton and South Derbyshire College hosted its Further Education and Apprenticeship Awards on Friday 8th July at Pirelli Stadium.


Outstanding students, their families and guests celebrated the exceptional skills and qualifications achieved in the past academic year. Hard work and dedication to studies were recognised, along with talent, success and achievement across many vocational areas.  

Sponsored by EDM Garage Services, Hardwick Construction and Melbourne Property Services, the awards were presented by compere, Mark O’Sullivan from Touch FM, along with an inspiring speech by College Patron and one of the country’s leading entrepreneurs, Kavita Oberoi OBE.

The overall FE Learner of the Year Award for 2016 went to Vicky Evans, who retrained as a beauty therapist after she had to give up her career as a dancer due to injury. Vicky has now gone on to set up her own beauty room, has gained employment at Hoar Cross Hall as a beauty therapist, and was recently a finalist in a national electrotherapy competition. Vicky said: “I’m very pleased to have been named FE Learner of the Year. My course has opened up so many options in the beauty industry and I’m really excited to see where my new career can take me!”

Meanwhile, the overall Apprentice of the Year 2016 was presented to Jack Markham from Hardwick Construction. During his apprenticeship, Jack won the regional finals of the SkillBuild competition and has been awarded a bursary by CITB to go on to the next level of his studies. Speaking about his success, Jack said: “I have always been more of a hands-on person and I really enjoy my apprenticeship at Hardwick Construction. I would eventually like to set up my own business and be successful in the construction industry.”

Chief Executive and Principal Dawn Ward CBE said: “It was fantastic to host a celebration of achievement and success for our students. At Burton and South Derbyshire College, we are passionate about encouraging people to reach their full potential. The event was an excellent way to celebrate outstanding achievements and recognise those learners who go above and beyond to reach their educational and career goals.”

The College offers Further Education courses in a wide variety of vocational disciplines. Anyone looking to start a course, whether Full Time, Part Time or work-based study, can contact the Learner Services team on 01283 494400 to find out more about enrolment and funding.

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