CIPD Student Award Success

CIPD Student Award Success

CIPD students L-R: Emma Milsom, Janet Herbert, Sandie Roskelly and Kathryn Johns

Heart of Worcestershire hosted their annual CIPD Student of the Year Awards last week which celebrated students who had showed determination, perseverance and a will to succeed while studying a professional qualification in human resources.

Hosted by CIPD Hereford and Worcester the evening shared the journey of five students who juggled work, life and family commitments to gain their qualification.

The winners on the night were Sandie Roskelly and Janet Herbet for the Level 3 Certificate in HR Practice, Alice Corke and Emma Milson for the Level 5 Certificate in HR Management and Kathryn Johns, for the Level 7 Advanced Diploma in HR Management.

Kathryn Jones who is a HR and Hostels Manager for Sanfield Farm Ltd juggled overseas work with bringing up two children to show the strength of character to gain a distinction in Leading, Managing and Developing People exam.  Kathryn believed on one of the helping factors was her growth in confidence throughout the course;

 “At the beginning of my course, my confidence was low but gradually this increased and I released that if I worked hard I could really achieve what I had set out to do. I started implementing my learning in the workplace with more confidence too.”

Emma Milson HR Manager at HoW College agreed with Kathryn saying;

‘Studying for my CIPD qualification has really helped me; I’ve been able to apply the theoretical knowledge learnt from the course into my work, this has helped to develop my confidence.”

There was much praise for the tutors at the College too. Kathryn saying; ‘all that I have achieved would not have been possible without the commitment and hard work of all the tutors that taught on my course. The college staff have been fantastic and so supportive. I feel very privileged to have been able to attend this course and would not hesitate to recommend the course, the college and the tutors – I only have positive words.”  Sandie RosKelly agreed saying the tutors are ‘funny, interesting, knowledge, caring, kind and willing to give so much time to the students.’

The Award ceremony concluded with a guest talk from Fiona Narburgh, Joint Head of Strategy, Democratic and Customer Services At Wychavon and Malvern Hills Councils, who spoke about ‘achieving Employee Engagement’.

For more information about the CIPD courses available at HoW College please visit

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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