Lakes College celebrates the success of its Higher Education students

Lakes College West Cumbria celebrated the success and achievements of its students at its annual Award Ceremony on Thursday 6th July.

The event took at place in the SEN Centre at Lakes College and was attended by over 300 students and VIPs. College Principal, Chris Nattress, hosted the ceremony while Jamie Reed, Head of Development and Community Relations at Sellafield Ltd, attended as the guest speaker and Jacqui Hastewell, 49, from Whitehaven, a HND Fine Art student, was chosen as the HE student speaker.

Higher Education students were awarded their graduation certificates, while Further Education students were recognised for their hard work and achievements in a variety of subject areas. Steven Gregg, 36, from Egremont, a HNC Engineering Operations student, won the Higher Education Achievement of the Year award for his hard work and dedication to his course. Chantelle Satterthwaite, 27, from Wigton, studying for her HNC in Applied Chemistry, won the Special Achievement of the Year for her perseverance in her chosen course.

Callum Crayston, 19, from Workington, won the Pauline Chorley Endeavour Award which recognises students who show grit and determination during their studies.

Lakes College also recognised the hard work from local employers. Jacobs was awarded Large Employer of the Year, while SME Employer of the Year went to Bleasdale & Co Solicitors, and Micro Employer of the Year Award was granted to Genesis Home Appliances Ltd. Jacobs sponsored the SME Employer of the Year, Sellafield Ltd sponsored the Large Employer of the Year award, and Morgan Sindall sponsored the Micro Employer of the Year.

Chris Nattress, College Principal, comments, Our annual Awards Ceremony is without doubt one of the highlights of the year. One of our core values at Lakes College is potential – participating in the ceremony that reflects and rewards so many people demonstrating their potential is a privilege and a pleasure.  Every one of the participants earned their place at the event, be they university level graduates,  further award winners,  and apprentices, or indeed our business partners – they have all shown commitment and resilience.  We were fortunate to have great sponsors in Sellafield Ltd, Jacobs, and Morgan Sindall, and an inspirational guest speaker in Jamie Reed. A cracking evening with first class catering from our excellent Culinary Team, and a string quartet too! What a night.”