Star Awards 2017

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Radio Breakfast Time DJ Trish Adudu hosted a night of celebration at the Coventry Transport Museum on Wednesday 13th December. The College ended the year by recognising the outstanding achievements of Coventry College’s students who studied at our Henley and City campuses during 2016/17.

Star Award for the Access Student of the Year: Justine Mumford

Justine was an outstanding Access student who received distinctions in all her assignments and work throughout the year on the Access to Health course. Her work ethic and drive to go to University was phenomenal. She submitted assignments which were extremely high quality and she always went the extra mile with her research efforts.

Star Award for Business, Professional and Teacher Training Student of the Year: Arrendeep Gill

Arrendeep is brand new to teaching. She is always motivated, enthusiastic and embraces all new concepts that are introduced in the classroom. Her micro teach session was one of the best sessions the tutors have ever seen!  Her peers were inspired by her innovative teaching methods and enthusiasm for the subject, which considering the subject was ‘An Introduction to Types of Bacteria’, this was a result in itself!

As a result of her determination she went from being a Lab Technician to full time lecturer within six months. She developed her academic writing skills and always passed her assignment first time; her reflective journals were detailed and showed a mature level of self-awareness.

Star Award for Construction Student of the Year: James Pritchett

James started as a level 1 bricklaying student and from the beginning it became apparent that he had a desire to learn and showed an outstanding commitment to the course. He worked very hard, achieving distinctions in all practical assessments and passed all theory exams first time to the highest of standards. James returned to progress on to his level 2 and once again gained distinctions in all practical assessments and passed all theory testing first time to high standards.

James was an ideal candidate to represent the College at the regional Skillbuild competition as a senior bricklaying competitor. He was up against tough opposition with most other competitors being second or third year bricklaying apprentices, but he held his own throughout the day and completed the task in the allocated time and he was highly commended and just narrowly missed out on a top three finish.

Star Award for Digital Industries Student of the Year – Sponsored by Fujitsu: Billy Kane (award being picked up by his proud mum)

Billy is a hard working student who is always on hand to help others. He is also a committed fundraiser for Special Effect and has participated in charity events to help raise funds which helped the class exceed their target. Billy also participated in a national competition with Fujitsu education to develop an innovative idea for use in education. Billy played a key role in organising the team and helped his peers to overcome confidence issues. Billy has now being given the role of lead games designer in which he is in charge of a team in his final project. He is currently working towards distinctions in all assignments and is predicted to gain overall distinctions on his course.

Star Award for Health Care & Early Years Student of the Year: Chloe Jackson

Our award winner is Chloe Jackson. Chloe’s attendance throughout her course has remained high at 98% even though she moved to Birmingham during her first year. Despite having some difficulties in her personal life Chloe continued to exceed expectations in her coursework, developing her written skills to allow her to move onto the level 2 childcare course. Chloe undertook a work experience placement and this was very successful, with feedback from the setting stating that Chloe was very good with the children and showed enthusiasm for all aspects of the role.

Star Award for Hospitality and Catering Student of the Year: Toby Sheffield

Toby Sheffield started on a level 1 programme in Hospitality and Catering and progressed through the skills progressing to level 3 and he has never shied from hard work.

At the end of his work experience the Head Chef at The Double Tree Hilton, and the Head of HR were so impressed with his employability skills that they offered him a job in the kitchen preparing a wide range of dishes and food items for conferences, banquets and hotel guests. While he was at College Toby entered both local and national competitions. He led the finalist team in the highly regarded Nestle Toq Dor held at the Dorchester from 134 teams nationally. He won a Gold medal in Country Range regional heat and a Gold medal at the national class held at ScotHoc in Glasgow as well as the “Best in Salon” Hygiene award.

Star Award for the Motor Vehicle & Engineering Student of the Year: Sean Williams

Sean Williams is a young man who has been outstanding during his time with us at College. He has overcome a number of challenges but always remains positive, helpful and is always eager to learn and develop. Sean has consistently gone above and beyond the requirements, always working with staff to help out particularly in the Workshop Stores, where he has been a vital source of assistance to the Engineering team.

His work was excellent and the teaching team, without fail, speak extremely highly of him as a key member of the group and the course. Sean has returned to study with the Engineering department again this year and has continued in the same vein, setting himself the highest standards in terms of work ethic, behaviours, attitude and commitment to achieving his qualifications. His attendance has been outstanding and across all of the Engineering team, it is recognised that Sean has a clear future in Engineering.

Star Award for the Science: Jordan Neale

Award winner for science, Jordan Neale has displayed perseverance since day one of starting her course. She has worked exceptionally hard and has finished her BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Medical) with tripple distinction star grades.

Jordan has demonstrated a first-rate understanding of the concepts associated with this Science course. She was able to communicate effectively in a professional manner with both staff and fellow students. Jordan has continuously strived to make sure all her work was completed to the best of her ability. She has excellent organisational and independent skills, which will have great benefit to her in the upcoming future; particularly at university level.

Jordan has proven herself to be an exemplary student, with 100% attendance and punctuality records, and an extremely strong sense of self-motivation. She is well-liked by her classmates and staff members and has an open and friendly manner. She has contributed well in class and also has a talent for motivating other students to participate.

Apprenticeship Star Award for Construction: Thomas Hewitt

Thomas Hewitt has been an exceptional Apprentice, he has passed all technical certificate exams at the first attempt, he was the first to finish the technical certificate in the workshop and also complete all his functional skills within the first year. His work ethic has always been one of his strengths, wanting to see each task presented to him through to its completion.

Thomas was an active class member, and because of his work based experience he was often seen helping the less experienced students understand some of the practical activities that they were undertaking and he was an asset in the workshop. He has kept in constant contact with his assessor to plan on site assessments and is one of the first to finish the NVQ, his work is consistently to a very high standard. Thomas is always polite and demonstrations great interpersonal skills when talking to customers whether they are domestic dwellings or multinational companies.

Apprenticeship Star Award for Engineering and Motor Vehicle: Louise Holbrook

The winner of this award Louise Holbrook has proved to be an exemplary Telecoms Apprentice. Louise has worked very hard on her course and has been very thorough in achieving excellence in her assignments and work based learning portfolio. Louise has advanced further than other apprentice doing the same course in previous years. Louise is so methodical, and shows a keen interest in the course and is always willing to ask questions to ensure she has a full understanding of the subject matter.

She just takes everything in her stride and works hard to achieve excellence. This has been observed many times with assessment work being completed well within the given time constraints.  Her NVQ progress has been outstanding and well advanced, completing her portfolio in record time. Her Manager, Ben Turner at Premier Telecom, is also very happy with her work and very proud of her achievements at college and in the workplace.

Apprenticeship Star Award for Health Childcare and Education:  Chloe Smith

Our next award winner Chloe Smith has been ahead of her targets for completing work despite this at times creating issues for her in the classroom environment. She strives to be excellent and Chloe is not deterred from continuing her hard work . Chloe’s attendance has been consistently at 100%, despite having to have an operation on her eye.

Chloe has secured a fulltime position starting in January at Castlewood School, which is where she is doing her apprenticeship. Chloe is willing to embrace any challenges she is set and even though she had previously not worked in a specialist school Chloe has adapted to this role very well and we wish her luck in the future.

Large Employer of the Year Award: Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust

The College has worked with Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust for many years providing them with apprenticeship training for both existing staff and new recruits. We are currently delivering 47 apprenticeships across Health & Social Care, Business Admin, Customer Services and Recruitment.

We have an excellent working relationship with the Trust and as they continue to evolve their services they always come to Coventry College to discuss new training opportunities to improve their staff.  We listen to their needs and tailor the training to ensure that the service we offer is of the highest standards.  This in turn ensures that year on year they continue to invest and develop their staff.

SME Award  Employer of the Year: Powergrade

The winner of this award is Powergrade who are an engineering company based in Coventry. They supply large companies such as JLR and Aston Martin. Over the summer this year they interviewed a young man called Tom Morrison. They were highly impressed with Tom and decided to offer him an apprenticeship with them. The week before Tom was due to start with the company he suffered burns in a horrific accident which resulted in him being airlifted to hospital. The company chose to stick by Tom, sending him a get well hamper of chocolate for his recovery, making adjustments in the workplace for him (non-abrasive soap to protect his skin etc.) and keeping in touch with him to reassure him that his placement was still available.

Tom has now started with the College on his apprenticeship programme and Richard Kantor from Powergrade cannot speak more highly of him. Because of the experience Powergrade has with recruiting an apprentice with us they have since taken on a second apprentice and hope to continue to build on this year on year.

Student Service Star Awards:  Jasmine Baguley & Michaela Moruz

Special Recognition Award sponsored by Positive Youth:  Kirill Kudrjasonoks

All the award winners tonight have been presented with a well designed and impressive award. This was designed by Kirill Kudrjasonoks a level 3 Art and Design student as part of a live project. He worked to the design brief set by the College marketing department and submitted a pencil design in his own time working on it over half term.


Student  of the Year;  Toby Sheffield

Other Winners

Apprenticeship Star for Commercial Industries (Hairdressing, Hospitality, Catering & Sport):  Stacey Bates

Stacey Bates  started at Coventry College on a Level 2 Activity Leadership Apprenticeship, and she even found the placement herself. Through her hard work and determination she completed all the work she was set on time and to a higher standard than expected .While she was on the apprenticeship Stacey took on extra work to learn new skills by helping out in the office. She is a focused student and she also completed a Level 1 Gymnastics course in her own time, as well as researching the Level 2 Gymnastics course and booking on to the first available course once she had finished her apprenticeship.

All Stacey’s hard work has paid off and she completed her apprenticeship early and has successfully obtained employment at Nuneaton Gymnastics.

Nuneaton Gymnastics Club Manager Martina Hateley who presented Stacey with her Star Award said : Stacey is a great asset to the Club and I don’t know how we would manage without her now!“