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Student and Employer Awards 2023

Thursday 29th June saw the Canterbury College Student and Employer Awards take place for 2023. This annual event celebrates the outstanding achievements of our students who have demonstrated exceptional dedication and commitment in their respective fields. This year, it was not only our students at Canterbury College who were recognised, with the first cohort of EKC Sixth Form College students also in attendance and up for awards. We also used this opportunity to properly thank our key employer links who have supported us over the past 12 months.

The event was held in our main hall on campus and was hosted by Keira Jordan, a Public Services student who has been working as one of our Student Ambassadors this year at various events. Awards were given out on the night by Canterbury College's Principal, Victoria Copp-Crawley. 

Three types of awards were given out on the night to recognise different levels of success in College. The Student Awards category recognised a hard-working student for each of our departments, ranging from students who had developed significantly throughout the year, to those who had gone above and beyond during their industry placement. Hannah Williams won for Health and Social Care, having excelled through her Health T Level course. Over the past year, she has been selected by the NHS to represent their organisation by participating in a countrywide T Level/NHS partnership webinar, and they have given her glowing feedback for her dedication.

Campus Awards were 6 special awards given to those students who had really stood out this year, such as in areas of career progression, community contribution, inspiration, and achievement, as well as the coveted Students' Union Award and Principal Award. 

This year's Students' Union award went to Viola Good, who in their role as the Students' Union's Equalities Officer, has shown an amazing amount of drive and passion. Not only have they successfully run the LGBTQ+ Committee throughout the year, they have used their own initiative to run their own campaigns throughout the year, with a strong on-campus presence as both Equalities Officer and LGBTQ+ President. Students' Union President Bethany Lacey presented this award, thanking Vi for her support over the past year. 

The Principal Award this year went to Samantha Gatland, who is one of our EKC Sixth Form College students. Samantha has really thrown herself into everything at College this year, as not only is she a course rep and a student ambassador, but she has also set up and leads the Medical Society. This society is now aligned with the University of Kent Medical school, where they support future medics when they apply for University. Samantha has also been highly supportive of many charity and social action projects in Canterbury, and continues to go above and beyond expectations.

Winning an award alongside Samantha from EKC Sixth Form College was Charlie Adams, who won the department award for Sixth Form. Joining them was our Head of Sixth Form Shelley Birch and Deputy Principal/Director of Sixth Form Emma Wilkinson.

The third type of award were Employer Awards, given to those who have had a big impact on Canterbury College and EKC Sixth Form College this year. These employers have not only helped our students by coming in and giving industry talks, but they have also supported students with work placement, guidance and a range of opportunities throughout the year. Wildwood Trust, one of the leading British animal conservation charities in the UK, won not one, but two employer awards this year, winning in the Catering and Theatrical Media Makeup categories.

A big thank you to all of our attendees, and a massive congratulations to all of our winners. We can't wait to see what the next year holds for you all.

Full List of Winners:

Student Awards

Accounting - William Geering

Animal Management - Danny Whatman

Art & Design - Adam Haider

Architecture, Surveying and Planning - Riley Evans

Beauty and Theatrical Media Makeup - Honey Thomas-Gray

Brick - Jack Eeles

Business - Madison Edwards

Carpentry - Louis Curry

Catering - Issey Turner-White

Computing - Aly Gregory

Countryside, Landscaping and Horticulture - Sophia Barton

Early Years - Daniella Cross

Electrical - Kyle Hulks

Engineering - Mustapha Naifu

English - Thea Payne

ESOL - Cuong Manh Pham

Foundation Learning - Tomas Mansfield

Hairdressing - Lauren Smith

Health and Social Care - Hannah Williams

Maths - Poppy Kennedy

Media - Lily Heath

Motor Vehicle - Tom Holland

Music - Manuel Marmolejo-Diaz

Performing Arts - Paige Lacey Wickhamn

Plumbing - Joe Patterson

Public Services - Callum Turner

Science - Ted Temple

Sixth Form - Charlie Adams

Sport - Kathleen Nastaly

Supported Learning - Yasmin Barguach

Travel and Tourism - Sophia Brown

Welding - Brodie Sart

Campus Awards

Career Progression - Jack Zammit De Haas

Contribution to the Community - Holly Monk

Inspirational Learner - Freya Rogers

Outstanding Achievement - Yaromyr Keleberdenko 

Students' Union Award - Viola Good

Principal's Award - Samantha Gatland

Employer Awards

Accounting - Folkestone and Hythe District Council

Art and Design - Keel Toys

Architecture, Surveying and Planning - Morgan Sindall

Animal Management - K9 Kindergarten

Beauty - Serenity Health and Beauty

Brick - MKM Building Supplies

Business - NHS Commissioning Services

Carpentry - Chippie Contracts

Catering - Wildwood Trust, Canterbury

Computing - Dig Data

Countryside and Horticulture - NHS Webbs Garden

Early Years - Sunshine Corner Preschool

Electrical - ECO MEP

Engineering - Southeastern Railways

ESOL - Kent Refugee Action Network

Foundation Learning - Books2Africa

Hairdressing - Sister Joan Salon

Health and Social Care - East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

Media - MM360Media

Motor Vehicle - Haynes Ford, Canterbury

Music - Rotary Radio

Performing Arts - Shauna Olivia Dance Studios

Plumbing - MKM Building Supplies

Public Services - Border Force

Sixth Form - Speakers for Schools

Sport - Team Theme

Science - University of Kent

Supported Learning - National Trust

Theatrical Media Makeup - Wildwood Trust, Canterbury

Welding - Contracts Engineering


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