North-West school recognises apprenticeship success during awards show

Further education students attending Lakes College in West Cumbria have been awarded for their achievements in the apprenticeship sector, with many students also undertaking diplomas and foundation degrees.

The apprenticeship providers hosted the awards show at Lillyhall college’s special education needs centre, where over 200 of its students were given accolades for their accomplishments.

Many of the awards were given to students who completed their apprenticeships while overcoming specific learning challenges. Chris Nattress, principal at Lakes College feels that the award show is a great way to highlight the success of the apprenticeship sector.

‘‘Hundreds of students join us each year and it’s this time that we come together to celebrate their achievements.’’

‘‘It’s also wonderful to honour the fantastic work of our apprentices and the local business that support us as a college and the links with the local community,’’ continued Nattress.

Important training figures from the West Cumbria area were also invited to the ceremony. Ken McEwan, head of training at Sellafield emphasised the importance of maintaining the apprenticeship success that West Cumbria is currently experiencing.

Guests also got to hear from Lakes College alumnus, as former students recalled how much the training firm helped them achieve their goals.

‘‘Lakes College helped me to realise that it was down to me to change my future and they supported me all the way through my course,’’ explained Francesca Sheard, the evenings student speaker.

‘‘One thing that really made a difference to me, was the college staff helped me realise that is was okay to ask for help,’’ continued Sheard.