Yorkshire Coast College (YCC) turned the Westwood Campus into a seaside for the annual Brilliance Awards, where the achievements of over 70 learners were celebrated with awards for the dedication and commitment they had shown over the past year.
The annual Brilliance Awards celebration saw staff and learners joined by family and friends and dignitaries including the Deputy Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough, Councillor Joseph Plant, Principal of YCC, Clare Wareing and the Chair of the Corporation of Yorkshire Coast College, Mike Parker OBE, in the Theatre-in-the-Round for the ceremony.
Two special Principal’s Awards were presented to two exceptional learners, Lauren Marsay and McCauley Darby. Nineteen-year-old Lauren is currently training for a Level 2 qualification in Food & Beverage Service at the College, and is also studying Functional Skills qualification in Maths & English. Lauren is a former student at Graham School and decided to train at YCC because she had always wanted to go into Hospitality & Catering and they offered just the course she was looking for. Lauren said: “I want to either work on Cruise Ships or become an Air Hostess.
“Because I didn’t do well in English in Maths at school I’ve had to retake them at the College. I’ve really enjoyed every minute of it. It’s always been a challenge but being at YCC has really helped me to learn in a different way. Lauren was awarded as the Functional Skills Learner of the Year and received a Principal’s Award for her outstanding contribution to college life throughout her training. Lauren continued: “I feel very privileged to have won an award, it’s also an honour to represent Functional Skills in this way. Functional Skills is very different from GCSEs at school, it’s not as pressured but it’s a lot more manageable and if you struggle with Maths and English it’s a brilliant way of learning. “I really enjoy being at YCC. The amount of rewards you get for being a learner at YCC is just fantastic and I’d recommend coming here to anyone.”
The other recipient of the Principal’s Award, McCauley Darby, is currently training for a Level 2 qualification in Music and came to YCC from Scalby School. 17-year-old McCauley said: “I heard that YCC was the best College for someone wanting to learn music practically and it was the ‘go to’ place for up-and-coming Musicians. It’s been a really good experience, I’ve made quite a few friends and the tutors are awesome.”
Guitar-loving McCauley, who’s favourite band is My Morning Jacket, has already performed at the Scarborough Spa and hopes he can become a self-supporting Musician. I was really chuffed to win the Learner of the Year award but it was wicked to win the Principal’s Award – my mum and my girlfriend were really proud.” Mike Parker OBE, said: “These awards are nominated for by the staff which gives them a special value. I want to say a big thank you to the learners who have received awards tonight, it is great to have them with us in the College.”
Throughout the awards, food was served by YCC’s Hospitality and Catering Department, who had spent the day preparing delicious canapés. The evening was made extra-special with a performance from Sophie Norris and the Nocky Nocks, who had performed the previous evening at Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre, supporting Jessie J.