Tameside College celebrates its Students of the Year

TAMESIDE College students celebrated receiving their vocational results as they head into university, employment or apprenticeships.

Alongside this, the college’s top students received Student of the Year awards for hard work and dedication to their studies

Based on Beaufort Road, the focus is very much on learning trades in the form of vocational courses and other qualifications in sectors like accountancy, teaching and engineering while offering apprenticeships.

Former St Thomas More RC College pupil Harry Cornwell won the prize for carpentry and joinery after completing his course.

Harry Cornwell

Ex-All Saints Catholic College pupil Joshua Bradley took the honour in engineering while another former St Thomas More lad, Luigi Frangillo, did so in the automotive field.

Droylsden Academy pupil Shelby Walker did so in childcare while Jayden Gratty was named student of the year after finishing a painting and decorating course.

Many students at Tameside College have secured apprenticeship roles with top engineering companies in the local area.

The pre-apprenticeship programme at the college provides training for students to progress into the world of work such as basic engineering techniques, employability, CV writing and interview skills.

And 12 students will begin apprenticeships with companies such as Louvelite, Swietelsky Babcock, Langfields and Park Engineering in roles including CNC operators, welders and fabricators, maintenance engineers and tool makers.

Justin Strong, student at Tameside College, said: “This course has been great from start to finish, I have had the chance to learn about different aspects of engineering which has enabled me to choose a career that I know I will be happy doing.

“I am grateful to all of the staff for the help, training and guidance I have received and I am really pleased with the apprenticeship I have secured by doing the course.”

Simon Hesbrook, engineering assessor at Tameside College, said: “The pre-apprenticeship programme is a proven model of success, helping to build young people’s skills and provide them with excellent employment opportunities in the sector.

“I am proud to be involved with the project year after year and extremely pleased that we have successfully placed the students with these employers.”

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