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Sky's the limit for SGS College's Apprenticeship and HE students

SGS College’s apprentices and higher education graduates celebrated their achievements in style, with a first-class graduation ceremony at Aerospace Bristol, Thursday November 15.

The event, which took place in the Concorde Hangar, was filled with hundreds of graduating students, who were joined by their employers, friends and family.

Guests were treated to celebratory drinks and canapés as well as an opportunity to step aboard the show-stopping centre-piece, Concorde Alpha Foxtrot.

The awards ceremony, seated under the British icon, saw each student receive a certificate of their completion as well as a handful of students receive awards for outstanding achievement.

The apprentice of the year was awarded to Lisa Crumpler. Judges said:

“Lisa is one of our Team Leading apprentices within the National Health Service Blood and Transplant Team. Lisa initially felt she was past being able to complete an Apprenticeship. She put in a great level of effort throughout the programme and successfully completed the work to a very high standard. During the programme Lisa was coping with staff shortages within her team and gained promotion to Donor Carer Supervisor. Lisa’s experience, combining her work within this most vital of services, whilst completing her studies, exemplifies the experience of many apprentices.”

The Higher Education Learner of the Year award went to Jay Donaldson. Judges commented:

“Jay has achieved the Higher National Diploma in Computing and Systems Development, a great achievement for a student who arrived at SGS with little confidence in his academic ability.  Jay was willing to work hard and willing to try things out. He didn't like presenting his ideas to others but never the less took each new challenge in his stride.

“Jay has taken every opportunity to develop not only technical skills but soft skills like communication and presentation. He is generous with his skills sharing his understanding and supporting others in the group. He has developed very strong study skills and has achieved a distinction over all.  Well done Jay, you have made such great progress since you started with us.”

The Professional Student of the Year was awarded to Colin O’Reilly. Judges said:

“Colin has achieved the Level 6 Professional Diploma in Purchasing and Supply. He has produced some outstanding level 6 work and achieved many Distinctions. Colin works full time in the tele communication industry and has combed running a small business with completing his studies.

“Colin has contributed immensely to the group. His wealth of knowledge of procurement within both multi-national companies and within the challenges of a small business has enriched discussions and benefitted his fellow students.”

Speaking about the event Director of Work-based Learning at SGS College, Patrick Mcleod, said:

“This year’s event was a great success. We’re delighted to see so many of our students successfully finish their studies at SGS college. Aerospace Bristol was a fantastic venue. We are thrilled to have been able to provide a graduation experience to match that of any university.”