Staff and learners from Lincolnshire Regional College (LRC) have been celebrating their achievements and the end of the academic year with family, friends and sponsors at their annual awards ceremony, The Brilliance Awards.
The awards have been growing year-on-year and were held this year at The Storehouse on Skegness’ North Parade where over 100 invited guests gathered to celebrate the successes of the learners from LRC over the last year.
The evening was hosted by Campus Director, Virginia Collins, who introduced the Mayor of Skegness, Councillor Dick Edgington, the Principal of Grimsby Institute and Lincolnshire Regional College, Debra Gray and sponsors to present prizes for excellence to one learner from each of the College’s courses. Virginia said:
“Although I’m relatively new to the college, it’s been a great year for everyone. Throughout the year the college has continued to develop stronger partnerships locally and everything that the college does has the learner at the heart of it.
“The awards we are presenting tonight recognise the exceptional and outstanding work of our learners. We are very proud of everything that our learners have achieved and this is an excellent way of rewarding those who have gone that little bit further in their studies and the entire evening has really been a fantastic occasion for everyone.”
A Student Vote of Thanks was given by Nathaniel Newbold, a Level 2 Plumbing learner. Nathaniel said: “In all of the discussions I’ve had around the college, everyone has said how the tutors and support staff will help with anything, at any time. They are the people that make the college such a good place to study and for that we thank them so much.
“Because the college is small it allows the atmosphere, that can only be described as positive and friendly, to bring people together, many of whom will now be friends for life. The teaching and learning processes used by the staff are considered to be mentally stimulating and we are encouraged to develop innovatively, creatively and most importantly to be ourselves. To the staff we say thank you and to my fellow students I say good luck in whatever your next steps may be.
The Lincolnshire Regional College’s Learner of the Year 2016 was announced as 22-year-old Zoe Yates. Zoe, who has just completed a Level 3 Motor Vehicle qualification, proved a popular choice with the staff and fellow learners cheering as she took to the stage to collect her award.
Zoe said: “I’ve always been into bikes and I decided to come to Lincolnshire Regional College because it was the only college in Skegness where I could study for a Motor Vehicle qualification. My Grandad was originally a mechanic and I wanted to follow in his footsteps.”
Zoe has been studying at Lincolnshire Regional College for three years, progressing from Level 1 to Level 3 and it now planning on going to university to study Motorsports. Zoe continued: “I’ve loved everything about being at the college; the great tutors and the majority of things I’ve learned. I sometimes struggle with my learning, I’m dyslexic and the college has really supported me to achieve my goals and gives opportunities for everyone.
“I’m gobsmacked to have won the Learner of the Year award, there are so many great students and everyone deserves to win an award. I feel so lucky!”
Brilliance Award Winners 2016
- Level 2 Plumbing – Nathaniel Newbold
- Level 3 Plumbing – Paul Harvey
- Level 2 Electrical Installation – Louis Harriman
- Level 1 Construction – Sam Smalley
- Level 2 Carpentry & Joinery – Chris Ellis
- Level 1 Health & Social Care – Katie Cheetham
- Level 2 Health & Social Care – Germaine Gregory
- Level 3 Health & Social Care – Jemma Danskin
- Uniformed Public Services – Shannon Turner
- Level 1 Motor Vehicle – Gracie Nelhams
- Level 2 Motor Vehicle – Ben Distance
- Level 3 Motor Vehicle – David Johnson
- English – Paula Swain
- Maths – Valentina Scarborough
- Contribution to College Life – Level 1 Health & Social Care
- Computing – Ruksana Begum
- ICT – Harry Barber
- Outstanding Commitment to the Learner Journey – Richard Cunnington, Kalvin Icke, Michael Klym & Paula Swain
- Lincolnshire Regional College Learner of the Year 2016 – Zoe Yates