Local businesses honoured at College’s City Achievers event
City College Brighton and Hove recently held its City Achievers 2016 student awards ceremony hosted by Juice 107.2’s Guy Lloyd at the College’s Main Hall on Pelham Street. From a cohort of around 6000 students, the College chose forty winners in areas as diverse as Art & Design, Business, Hairdressing, Music, Digital Arts, Carpentry, Sports and Catering with one overall winner, who was confirmed as Sadie Martin, a hairdressing student who has been a huge asset to the College’s Hairdressing department through peer-to-peer learning and her contribution to the successful running of the City Revival training salons.
There were also external awards to recognise the support of the local business community, with The ‘Employer Contribution Award’ going to Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival for working in partnership with the College to provide film-making students with excellent hands-on experience of live streaming some of the Dome’s most high-profile shows, particularly during the Festival. Carole Britten, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival ‘s Director of Marketing says: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this award - this is a fantastically successful and important partnership for Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival – it delivers real results for us in terms of building new online audiences - and it is great that it is being recognised by City College as being of real benefit and value to the Film and Creative Media students who’ve been involved in producing such high quality live streams of our performance events for the last 4 years we have been working together.”
The ‘Golden Alumni’ award for outstanding former students went to Sam Bishop. At the age of just 19, having completed his plumbing apprenticeship with City College and a local company, Sam decided to start his own plumbing business. Ten years on, his business has gone from strength to strength and he now has a team of 15 working for him. Sam has continually supported the College by providing apprenticeship opportunities for young people and helping promote its apprenticeship campaigns. Sam says: “Winning this award from City College means a huge amount to me. From the early days of training to be a plumber to now employing young talented people, I can only thank them for their support over the last 10 years.”
Sharon Collett, Principal of City College, adds: “These awards are the perfect way of celebrating the College’s vital links and partnerships in the local business community which provide so many opportunities for young people in the city.”
There was also special thanks to Matt Shooman (father of one of the College’s former City Achievers, Harry Shooman) and the company he works for, Dyn, who have made a generous donation to the College which will be used to buy state-of-the-art equipment for the overall winner’s department. Dyn is a cloud-based Internet Performance Management (IPM) company that monitors, controls and optimizes applications and internet infrastructure.
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