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26th June 2018

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 2017/18 academic year.


After an introduction by Sharon Smith, Deputy Principal for Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Development at York College, forty vocational students were presented with VQ Student of the Year certificates and prizes.

The Vocational Student of the Year title was awarded to Luke Fawcett, formerly of Manor CE Academy. Luke has excelled in his studies progressing through Level 1, 2 and 3 courses within the Digital Technologies Department at York College. His determination, hard work and generous caring nature was applauded at the Awards ceremony.

Luke Fawcett - SOTY VocationalWEB

The Governor’s special award was presented to Digital Technologies student David Lee; a conscientious student with a fantastic work ethic and positive attitude. David has gone the extra mile in his studies and has supported his peers whilst at the College.

And two students, Kerensa Murray and Mark Readman, were presented with special awards on behalf of the L.I.A.M. charity, in memory of former Music student Liam Miller. The charity provides grants to young people studying artistic subjects and to those progressing to Higher Education. The Awards will help Karensa to follows her dreams when progressing to Central Saint Martin’s in London, and will enable Mark to benefit from a York College trip to Barcelona during his Art & Design studies at the College next year.

Kerensa Murray -  LIAM Award winner - artWEB

Mark Readman - Music LIAM Award winnerWEB

Special guest Jon Pinner, the General Manager of The Ivy restaurant in York presented the prizes and gave a short speech about his work and experience in the hospitality industry to demonstrate the importance of vocational skills in the workplace. His advice to the award winning students was to work hard, not cut corners, appreciate being part of a team, look after your customers and be conscientious in business.  

Deputy Principal, Sharon Smith congratulated the students on their successes.  She said:  “I wish all our students well as they progress to the next stage of their exciting careers in a range of vocational areas. 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 vocational students at York College will also progress onto higher levels of education and training -they will continue to study either with us or at university.”

The event concluded with a Vote of Thanks by Shirley Collier, Chair of Governors at York College.

VQ Award Winners 2018

Art & Design
Jessica Nicholls - Foundation Student of the Year (Entry, L1, L2)
Tom Pierce - Level 3 Student of the Year

Business & Professional Studies
Oliver Stewart - Level 3 Student of the Year
Ella Boam - Apprentice of the Year

Alex Young - Foundation Student of the Year in Brickwork
Carl Matthew James - Foundation Student of the Year in Plumbing
Kristian Valente - Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 Student of the Year in Stonemasonry

Digital Technologies
Matthew Wright - Foundation Student of the Year
Tegan Corner - Level 3 Student of the Year

Early Years & Education
Megan Walshaw - Level 2 Student of the Year
Jessica Bilton - Level 3 Student of the Year
Beth McHugh-Hicks - Versatile Student of the Year

Tamayha Hudson - Performing Engineering Student of the Year
Samuel Jack Carroll - Motor Vehicle Student of the Year
Oliver Roy Cockerill - Engineering Student of the Year

Foundation Maths & English
Alicia Karpasea Jones - Foundation English Student of the Year
Jordan Thackray - Foundation Maths Student of the Year

Hair & Beauty
Natalia Marie Dear - Level 1 Student of the Year
Alice Stephenson - Level 2 Student of the Year
Kali Cox - Level 3 Student of the Year

Hospitality, Travel & Tourism
Holly Hewitt - Level 3 Student of the Year in Travel and Tourism
Jonathon Little - Level 2 Student of the Year in Hospitality
Bradley Saxton - Level 3 Student of the Year in Hospitality

General Education
Amber Collinge - Foundation Student of the Year
Beth Murden - Level 3 Student of the Year
Laura Filiminova - Outstanding Achievement Award

Music, Media & Performing Arts
Shahzaib Yaqoob - Level 3 Student of the Year in Creative Media
Georgina Strickland - Level 3 Student of the Year in Dance
Luciana Whittaker - Most Improved Student of the Year

Janine Brown - Level 3 Student of the Year

Sport & Uniformed Services
Zackery Garrett - Foundation Student of the Year in Sport
Lucy Hadaway - Level 3 Student of the Year in Sport
Niamh Pallott - Level 3 Student of the Year in Public Services

Vocational Student of the Year
Luke Fawcett - Extended Diploma in IT & GCSE English

Liam Foundation Award
Kerensa Murray - Art & Design
Mark Readman - Music, Media & Performing Arts

Governors’ Award for Outstanding Contribution
David Lee - Digital Technologies


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