The Isle of Wight College held their annual Student Awards last Friday, celebrating the success of learners in 2020-21.

The awards are held to reflect on the college year, celebrating students successfully completing their courses and to recognise a number of special award winners in categories such as outstanding achievement, high level of participation and award for excellence.

After another tough academic year, the main award winners were able to attend a scaled down version of the awards ceremony which was streamed on Facebook Live to enable other awardwinners and invited guests to watch online.

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The Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Mrs Susie Sheldon JP, was guest speaker at the awards ceremonies.

Particularly impressive feats of persistence from both the Apprentice of the Year and Student of the Year were celebrated:

● Jess Metcalf has been completing her apprenticeship in Hospitality in what has probably been one of the most turbulent years to study the industry in modern history. As well as excelling throughout her apprenticeship, Jess has recently reached the final of the prestigious Nestlé Toque d’Or hospitality competition, which saw over one thousand entries from colleges across the UK.

● Student of the Year, Louis Holman, has been noted by his tutors as a selfless student, who has built a great camaraderie with his peers, going above and beyond in his academic and personal life, as well as finding time to fundraise for the Wessex Cancer Trust. In the same academic year, Louis also received a High Sheriff’s Award for Outstanding Achievement and won the national Bronze Certificate for BTEC Engineering Learner of the Year.

Chair of Governors, Dr Nick England DL, said:

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“I am particularly proud of what the college has achieved throughout the pandemic. By anticipating the possibility of lockdowns, safety measures were swiftly put in place, ensuring that remote learning started promptly – and every effort was made to ensure that all students had as good an education as possible. Despite the pandemic, the college has continued to grow and develop, and we are keeping a careful eye on new opportunities to enhance our curriculum and resources”.

Principal of the college, Debbie Lavin CBE said:

“I am immensely proud of our students this year, they have worked hard throughout this challenging time to achieve their qualifications and I wish them every success as they progress into further training, higher education or paid employment. I am also very pleased to be working with the Department for Education to upgrade and revitalise the college estate; this is excellent news for the college, its students and staff, as well as the wider island community”.

The Isle of Wight College is looking forward to an exciting and productive 2021/2022 year which will see many new opportunities such as the government’s new flagship Digital & Technical Skills
Bootcamps, being run from September onwards, and finalising plans for the introduction of T Levels from September 2022.

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