Around 73 students were nominated from a total of 16,000 by teaching staff for a total of 14 categories in this year’s Student Celebration Awards.
Students, apprentices and their families and employers, as well as college staff and governors, attended the ceremony at the Mowbray, Kelham Island, on July 3rd.
Angela Foulkes, Chief Executive and Principal, The Sheffield College, said: “I am very proud of our students and all of our amazing staff who have gone the extra mile to inspire and support them.”
She added: “Our students are on an incredible journey developing the skills to go further in education, work and life, and these awards really demonstrate how privileged we are to be part of that.”
This year’s award winners are:
Student case studies
Justin Espoir Machongo has completed an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Humanities, English and Social Science and won the Richard Wright Overcoming Adversity Award. Having been orphaned in early childhood, after his family were killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Justin, now aged 24, went to stay with his grandmother in a refugee camp in Burundi.
A few years later, Justin’s grandmother passed away and he stayed in the camp and continued his education. He is grateful for the help he received in the camp and the opportunity that he had later to settle in England and further his education. Justin’s ambition is to work for the United Nations to help other refugees.
Justin said: “I'm so elated to be among the winners of these awards. This course was the most interesting thing I have studied. I dreamt from childhood that I would work hard throughout school and support others who have suffered and struggled as I had. After completing my course to the best of my abilities, I would like to work for the United Nations within the UNHCR.”
Yosh Kosminsky has completed a Foundation Degree in Professional Practice in Health and Social Care whilst working part-time in mental health crisis care and won the Students’ Union Choice Award. Yosh decided to return to education and moved to Sheffield from London when a change in her circumstances led her to reassess her priorities and career ambitions having previously worked in the film industry.
Since starting at the College, the 36-year-old has thrown herself into championing accessibility and diversity by supporting fellow LGBT+ students. Yosh helped to set up the College’s first LGBT+ Society, mentors students to lead the group and was one of founders of this year’s Pride in Sheffield committee, filling the accessibility officer role. She has also taken part in the College’s Equality and Diversity Board and provides regular feedback to Sheffield College Students’ Union and student representatives on LGBTQ+ issues.
Yosh said: “I'm delighted to have been able to support LGBTQ+ students at The Sheffield College and empower them to create the spaces they want and need. We need to do more for our LGBTQ+ young people, our disabled young people and our young people of colour.
"It’s really important for young people from the LGBTQ+ community to know that support is there for them - when I was growing up, that wasn’t available and it's fantastic to see the difference this space has made for them.” Yosh begins an undergraduate Occupational Therapy programme in September at Sheffield Hallam University.
Robert Henson is one of 51 apprentices currently training at Liberty Speciality Steels across eight different disciplines. Robert, aged 16, won the Apprenticeship Achievement Award and is completing the IT Practitioners’ Level 2 qualification and aims to continue with his studies to degree level.
Robert said: “I’m very proud of winning this prestigious award and so are my family. My apprenticeship has given me the opportunity to combine both study and valuable hands-on work experience in a large IT department at Liberty Speciality Steels. I love all aspects of my job and am extremely fortunate to benefit from the expertise and support of my mentor and colleagues. I have learned so much during the last year and really feel part of the team. I really enjoy coming to work each day.
“I will continue with my studies and, if possible, progress up to degree level. I hope to continue working here at Liberty at the end of my apprenticeship and in a position where I can use and develop my knowledge and skills. I would like to thank my college tutor for putting me up for this award, and my mentor and colleagues for their support. I am very grateful for this opportunity and determined to make the most of it.”
Ayesha Nadeem is completing the Childcare and Education CACHE Level 3 Technical Diploma and won the Outstanding Achievement Award. Her ambition is to work with early years children, preferably in an infants school.
She said: “It was a great achievement to be nominated for an award, but to have actually won is an incredible feeling. This experience is definitely going to give me the motivation and drive to continue working towards and achieving my goal of working with children. I also want to congratulate all the other students who were nominated or won awards. The hard work and effort you put into your studies is outstanding!
“The support I have received has been amazing. Attending The Sheffield College has made a real difference to my future as it has made my dream of working with children become a reality. I have gained valuable work experience from a placement in which I developed and extended my skills in childcare. At college, I have also developed my research skills and been taught how to reference, which are key skills for university. I definitely owe The Sheffield College a massive ‘thank you’. I'd like to thank all my tutors who have all been supportive and my family.”
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