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9th June 2017

The York College VQ Awards, held at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall in York, recognised individual vocational students for their achievements, motivation and hard work during the 2016/17 academic year.

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After an introduction by Alison Birkinshaw, Principal of York College, more than forty students were presented with a VQ Student of the Year certificate and prize by guest of honour Richard Mansell, the General Manager of The Principal Hotel in York. Richard Mansell later addressed the winning students and their families, giving a short speech on the importance of vocational skills across all industries.

A special Student Enterprise Award was presented by the Yorkshire & Humber region of the Association of Colleges. The £100 prize was won by a group of Level 3 BTEC Business students; the Business Bulldogs, who earlier in the year competed against other organisations across the city to win the St Leonard’s Hospice Accumulator Challenge. The students used their impressive entrepreneurial skills to turn £30 (loaned by St Leonard’s Hospice) into a staggering £3410.61 in just 30 days of exhaustive fundraising. When presented with their prize, the group whole-heartedly decided to donate their winnings to St Leonard’s Hospice. Student Josh Thomas (previously of Tadcaster Grammar School) said: “After visiting the Hospice and seeing how much they help local families, as well as the patients themselves, we worked together to raise as much money as we could during the 30 day period. Winning the AoC Student Enterprise Award is very much appreciated and the Business Bulldogs are very happy to donate the prize money back to the Hospice.”

Alison Birkinshaw, Principal of York College said: “Congratulations to all our Vocational students as they progress onto exciting careers in a range of vocational disciplines. We are very proud of them all. At York College we offer over eighty full-time vocational programmes in a vast range of subjects and it is especially pleasing to look back on former students who now work successfully in a variety of sectors; as engineers, construction workers, chefs, artists and designers, IT coders, musicians and actors, childcare professionals, hairdressers and beauticians and in many sports and public service related careers. There is no doubt the qualifications achieved by our talented students will provide them with rewarding careers in the future, and in turn their skills will benefit our local and national economy. Hundreds of our vocational students will also progress onto higher levels of education and training and continue to study either with us or at university.”

VQ Prize Winners:

Art, Design & Crafts: 
Jenny Price - Foundation Student of the Year (Entry, L1, L2)
Abigail Thompson - Level 3 Student of the Year
Tabetha Edwards - Adult Student of the Year

Business & Professional Studies: 
Reece Turnbull - Foundation Student of the Year (Entry, L1, L2)
Charles Langstaff - Level 3 Student of the Year
Tanja Hendry - Adult Student of the Year

Child Studies: 
Nolette Rush Foundation - Student of the Year (Entry, L1, L2)
Daniel Probert - Level 3 Student of the Year
Natasha Holden - Apprentice/Adult Student of the Year

Construction: 
Connor Grabham Foundation - Student of the Year (Entry, L1, L2)
Karl Sierevogel - Level 3 Student of the Year
Damian Puleston - Apprentice/Adult Student of the Year

Engineering & Motor Vehicle:
Gareth Pratt - Foundation Student of the Year (Entry, L1, L2)
Martyn Woodliffe - Adult Student of the Year

Hair, Beauty & Holistic Therapies: 
Joy Carberry - Foundation Student of the Year (Entry, L1, L2)
Jennifer Greatrex - Level 3 Student of the Year
Sally Kaplynski - Adult Student of the Year

Health & Social Care: 
Emma Watson - Foundation Student of the Year (Entry, L1, L2)
Adam Hardman - Level 3 Student of the Year
Jade Kelly - Apprentice/Adult Student of the Year

Hospitality, Travel & Tourism: 
Sophie Reeves - Level 3 Student of the Year for Hospitality
Rachel Emmerson - Level 3 Student of the Year for Travel and Tourism
Mollie Medd - Apprentice/Adult Student of the Year

Digital Technologies: 
Paul Cook - Foundation Student of the Year (Entry, L1, L2)
Tom Major - Level 3 Student of the Year

Media & Performing Arts:
Mark Readman - Foundation Student of the Year (Entry, L1, L2)
Finlay East - Level 3 Student of the Year
Beth Geldard - Apprentice/Adult Student of the Year

Science:
Jack Santana - Level 3 Year 1 Student of the Year
John Alex Christie - Level 3 Year 2 Student of the Year

Sport & Public Services:
Saffron Cooper - Foundation Student of the Year (Entry, L1, L2)
Christopher Donnelly - Level 3 Student of the Year in Sport
Callum Shepherd - Level 3 Student of the Year in Public Services

General Education:
Joanna Button - Level 1 Student of the Year
Rosie Carling - Level 2 Student of the Year
Nathan Hall - Level 3 EPQ Student of the Year

Foundation Maths & English:
Lyla Gentle - Foundation Maths Student of the Year
Kimberley Mainprize - Foundation English Student of the Year

Vocational Student of the Year:
Finlay East - Vocational Student of the Year

York College Governors’ Award for Outstanding Contribution: 
Pamela Thorby

AoC Enterprise Award: 
York College’s Business Bulldogs, winners of the St. Leonards Hospice Accumulator Challenge

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