Accolades presented at prestigious 22nd Awards Ceremony
Former Selby College students were presented with prizes at the college’s prestigious 22nd annual Awards Evening ceremony, held at Selby Abbey on Friday (12th December).
Over 200 VIPs, family and friends gathered in the grand venue to enjoy an evening of celebration, as over 80 award winners were applauded for their effort and achievement across all subject areas.
The key speaker for the evening was the Mayor of Selby and Labour Councillor Rosie Corrigan, who spoke to guests about her incredible achievement of becoming the UK’s youngest Mayor, about growing up in Selby and the importance of education. Quoting the late Nelson Mandela, she said to students, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Guests included Chairman of North Yorkshire County Council Tim Swales, Chairman of Selby District Council John Cattanach, Deputy Leader of Selby District Council Gillian Ivey, representatives from the main sponsor of the evening, Doosan Babcock and others from local and regional firms who sponsored the individual awards, which included the Selby Times, The Press Association, and the Drax Group. Also, awards were sponsored by firms such as JWPCreers Ltd, Forevermore Bridalwear, The Institute of Engineering and Technology and JTL.
As well as students receiving accolades, Selby College staff members were also presented with staff recognition awards and long service awards, and the Team of the Year 2014 was announced as the Hospitality and Catering team for the second year running.
A vote of thanks was given by President of the Selby College Students’ Union, Della Heptinstall, who said it was “an honour” to be President of the group in the year of the college’s 30th anniversary.
Entertainment was provided by Selby College Apprentice Lucy Williams, who wowed the audience with her interpretations of Hallelujah and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, and Selby Music Centre who performed folk-style twists on Christmas classics with Music Lecturer Nick Garside conducting.
Allan Stewart OBE, Principal and Chief Executive said, “Congratulations go to all of this year’s award winners, who have worked extremely hard to achieve some exceptional results. They are a credit to the college, and a credit to their families, who must also be thanked, for supporting their loved ones throughout their studies.
“It has been another fantastic year for the college, as we continue to celebrate our exam pass rates, which have again put us in the top 10 per cent of colleges nationally.
Allan said how a year ago at last year’s Awards Ceremony, he had been pleased to report the high results students achieved, but this year again the college has exceeded all targets. Allan stated ‘A’ Level students across all 22 subjects achieved a tremendous 99 per cent pass rate whereas those on 38 vocational courses achieved a 100 per cent pass rate. Apprenticeships have grown considerably from less than 100 a few years ago to 829 this year.
Allan added, “It’s marvellous to see how many of these Apprentices have gone on to study Advanced Apprenticeship courses with some progressing to study HNCs/HNDs and Foundation Degrees.”
Equally impressive was the college’s Hospitality and Catering department, who won FE Team of the Year 2014, from over 20,000 competitors nationally; being presented with their award at a special BBC2-filmed ceremony at the Guildhall in London in October.
Allan added, “Despite facing increasing Government cutbacks, the college continues to go from strength to strength and Awards Events like this shows the valuable roles the organisation continues to provide, helping young people find their futures.”