Recog­nis­ing vo­ca­tional achieve­ments

Halifax Courier - - Yourcourier - By Cassie Irv­ing

Calderdale Col­lege cel­e­brated the vo­ca­tional suc­cess of stu­dents at an awards cer­e­mony. The col­lege’s an­nual VQ Awards Cer­e­mony was held at the Vic­to­ria The­atre in Hal­i­fax. Now in its eighth year, VQ Day is a na­tional event which recog­nises the value of vo­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tions and cel­e­brates vo­ca­tional achieve­ment.

Award nom­i­na­tions are se­lected not only in recog­ni­tion of stu­dents’ suc­cess and achieve­ment, but also for their com­mit­ment and for the pos­i­tive im­pact that their learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence has had on their lives and the wider com­mu­nity.

The evening was com­pered by HND busi­ness stu­dent and Stu­dent Union HE of­fi­cer, Si- mon Han­nah and Mar­ket­ing Ap­pren­tice, Mollie Chess­was.

Tom O’ Dono­hoe, a level three dance stu­dent, opened the show with a solo per­for­mance from the end of year show Ve­loc­ity and level three mu­sic stu­dents, Kyle Mather and Do­minic Collins-Vallance cap­ti­vated the crowd with an acous­tic set. The evening con­cluded with a clos­ing speech from vice prin­ci­pal Sharon Smith.

Among the award win­ners were former soldier, Chris Stan­ton, 23, of Hal­i­fax who swapped his ri­fle for a pair of scis­sors to do a level three bar­ber­ing ap­pren­tice­ship and be­come adult ap­pren­tice of the year.

He said: “I work with my tu­tor at a lo­cal bar­ber­ing sa­lon and to be taught by him as well is mas­sive bonus.

“If it wasn’t for the col­lege, I wouldn’t have been able to learn these skills or the trade. My tu­tors are huge role mod­els and al­ways will­ing to help me.

“I travel all over the coun­try with my men­tor and renowned bar­ber, Erik Lan­der do­ing stage demon­stra­tions and tak­ing part in na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

“My goal for the fu­ture is to do more stage work abroad and help ed­u­cate peo­ple and even­tu­ally teach bar­ber­ing.

“I would def­i­nitely rec­om­mend the col­lege and the in­dus­try to other stu­dents. It is a great place to learn and I don’t think you will get the qual­ity of teach­ing any­where else; the col­lege have won Bar­ber­ing Col­lege of the Year for the past three years in a row.

“If you want to be a bar­ber I would rec­om­mend an ap­pren­tice­ship, try to get as much ex­pe­ri­ence as you can and don’t be scared to try new things. You have to push your­self.”

Adeel Shabir, of Hal­i­fax, was named win­ner of sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to col­lege and com­mu­nity (18 plus ).

The 20-year- old, who is hear­ing im­paired, is study­ing level two mu­sic at the col­lege.

He said: “When I started I was re­ally ner­vous and then I started catch­ing up, there is never any­thing forced on me, ev­ery­thing is at my own pace.

“I like per­form­ing in front of peo­ple, mak­ing mu­sic on the Macs and hav­ing fun in the class.

“If you have any is­sues in class, you can just ask the tu­tors and they will help you straight away.

“The tu­tors have helped me to de­velop and have helped me build my con­fi­dence.

“In the fu­ture I would like to be in­volved with mu­sic and the deaf and help teach Bri­tish Sign Lan­guage.”

The win­ners in Calderdale Col­lege’s an­nual VQ awards

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