There was cause for a double celebration at the Third Annual Higher Education and Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony on Friday at Selby Abbey as students celebrated their academic and personal success alongside the college being named as a top-performer in a nationwide comparison of colleges.
Professor Steve Kelly, Dean of Faculty of Science and Engineering at The University of Hull addressed the audience of students, families and VIPs including the Chair of North Yorkshire County Council, the Vice Chairs of East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Selby District Council and the Mayors of Goole and Snaith and Cowick, local employers, college Governors and staff, talking of the many benefits that education provides. Professor Kelly added, “how exceptionally pleased he was to see so many learners receiving awards, praising particularly the many unnamed individuals who support learners to achieve their goals each day, including the parents, partners, friends and others who provide the foundations of support throughout their learning and careers.”
Professor Kelly said, “how proud The University of Hull was to be associated with a top-performing college like Selby College, which benefits from innovative leadership, fantastic facilities and a reputation for student success.”
Joined by Professor Roy Fisher, Professor of Education and Head of Department of Initial Teacher Training from the University of Huddersfield, certificates were presented to graduates and apprentices, including five special award winners who were commended for exceptional achievements in their studies.
Entertainment for the evening was provided by former apprentice and college Marketing Assistant, Lucy Williams singing the Adele song Someone Like You, accompanied on piano by Music Lecturer Nick Garside and also a performance from talented classical guitarist, Year 10 Selby High School pupil Dan Toone.
Allan Stewart OBE, Principal and Chief Executive spoke of the success Selby College continues to enjoy, with news received only the day before the Awards Ceremony confirming Selby College was officially rated as the highest performing college in Yorkshire and the second joint highest performing college in England in terms of non-employed learners finding jobs at the end of their programmes and for overall learner and employer satisfaction.
Speaking about the growing Apprenticeship programme, Allan confirmed the important role the college plays in support of the local and regional economy, training young people and adults and mentioning recent research that shows 27% of the current workforce is likely to retire in the next six years replaced by the lowest demographic outturn from schools in recent times. Allan added how important it was for the college to work in close partnership with employers to provide training that ensures locally we have sufficient skilled people to remain competitive in a post Brexit economy.
The event closed with a selection of sweet treats and beverages served by Selby College Catering Services.
Published: Tuesday 22 Nov 2016