Awards Dinner Celebrates V6 Student Success

Awards Dinner Celebrates V6 Student Success

Walsall College held its prestigious V6 Awards Dinner on Tuesday 28th June, to celebrate the success and achievements of the college’s V6 students.

During the evening, 22 outstanding students were presented with Student of the Year Awards for achieving excellence in their area of study, along with an additional award for overall V6 Student of the Year, which went to Level 1 Bricklaying student, Chandler Fellows.

17-year-old Chandler has achieved all of his practical assessments in the workshop to an excellent standard and shown an admirable determination to succeed on the course, progressing on to the next level, despite a diagnosis of Neurofibromatosis type 1; a chronic, unpredictable, lifelong, progressive condition which affects short term memory.

The awards ceremony also included a pre-drinks reception on the college’s Littleton Restaurant and a four course meal.

Lucy Porter, former Walsall College Painting and Decorating apprentice and 2011 winner of the Overall V6 Student of the Year Award, was the guest speaker during the event. Since completing her training, Lucy has successfully set up her own painting and decorating business, which has grown year on year.

During her speech she recalled her experiences at the college and told students how they should be extremely proud of what they have achieved so far but should also use this to drive them on even further.

Walsall College’s V6 is a sixth form with a difference, providing students with the vocational training to become Walsall College Graduates; skilled, professional and enterprising.

Jatinder Sharma OBE, Principal and Chief Executive of Walsall College said: “The V6 Awards Dinner was an ideal opportunity for Walsall College to celebrate the fantastic achievements our students have achieved on vocational courses. These exceptional students are real life examples of students who have excelled through vocational learning and are a real inspiration to others.”

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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