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Learners celebrate with annual College awards

Oldham College learners were recognised for their successes during 2018 with an awards ceremony at Queen Elizabeth Hall on Thursday 15th November.

With over 400 guests including Oldham Council’s Mayor Javid Iqbal and representatives from local businesses and communities, the evening was compared by comedian Scott Bennett.

The winners on the night were:

Mukhtar Adeyemi – Faculty of Financial & Professional

Francesca-Lily Crate – Faculty of Digital & Creative and Faculty of Maths

Nathaly Godoy – Faculty of Performing Arts & Media

Shania Taylor – Faculty of Retail & Commercial

Peter Farrer – Faculty of Caring Professions

Courtney Mellor – Faculty of Construction & Built Environment

Aisha Khan – Faculty of Sport, Travel & Public Services

Ali Ahmed Khan, Charlie Greenwood – Faculty of Skills & Employability

Chourouk Nouhaila Dekkar – ESOL (English for Speakers of other Languages)

Ashley Urysz – Faculty of English

Individual awards were also presented to Matthew Bennett for Apprentice of the Year, Dima Slim for Adult Student of the year and Mukhtar Adeyemi as 16-18 Student of the Year. The Guinness Partnership, based in Oldham with national reach was recognised as Oldham’s Employer of the Year for its contribution to the College’s work based learning programmes.

Taking to the stage to commend all the learners Alun Francis, Oldham College Principal said; “We are very proud of the award winners and all the learners who have been nominated at these awards.   They are all progressing into their careers, or onto university, with really useful, practical skills and knowledge which employers will value.  The guests who have joined us tonight have been able to see the wide range of provision we have, covering all the main sectors of the economy, with learners from literally all backgrounds and a wide range of abilities.

“This year is the best set of results the College has ever had, we have some outstanding tutors and assessors, and some amazing employers who are helping our learners into real jobs.   People are increasingly rethinking the best options for school leavers.  Is it an academic or vocational route?  Is it university or apprenticeship?  The advantage of this College is that we provide real choices. This really is the best place to learn and the best place to work and you can see that on display this evening.”

Learners were involved throughout the evening with technical support for sound, lighting and photography.  Attendees also saw performances from alumni Laura Purdey and Dale Martin as well as a finale of The Greatest Showman’s ‘This is me’ made up of a choir and dancers.

Applications for next year’s enrolment are now open at Oldham College.

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