Standout students from across Uxbridge College were honoured with awards from multi-award winning entrepreneur and author Junior Ogunyemi. The author of the revolutionary book How To Be A Student Entrepreneur gave an inspirational talk and presented awards at a glittering ceremony. Junior proved a hit with the audience with his presentation style and great motivational tips – including advice to treat failure as feedback.
The young people and adults from the college’s broad range of full and part-time qualifications and apprenticeships celebrated their personal, academic and vocational successes at the Beck Theatre in Hayes along with friends and family. They were joined by employers from among the thousand who work with the college providing work placements, on-the-job training for apprentices in twenty five sectors and other link activities who were also recognised for their support.
Students had achieved good grades but a number had achieved maximum results, overcome additional challenges, made outstanding progress or gone beyond the call of duty for their communities.
Winners included: Klaudia Piorkowska, 19 – Super Star and Star Award for Health, Social Care & Creative Arts; Kulsum Shaikh, 22 – Star Award for the Sixth Form Centre; Travis Williams, 20 – Star Award for Business, sponsored by M4Money Credit Union; Renee Perkins, 18 Star Award for Hair, Beauty, Hospitality and Early Years sponsored by Dennis Williams Ltd
Martin-Baker Aircraft Company Limited received the Apprentice Employer Award. The company has the highest number of mechanical engineering apprentices of any employer working with Uxbridge College.
Dr Darrell DeSouza, Principal of Uxbridge College, said: Here at Uxbridge College we are incredibly proud of our students’ dedication and achievements all year round, but it’s even better to be able to take a step back and take the time to really celebrate. I’d like to say a big thank you to Junior Ogunyemi for joining us this year to make it such an inspiring evening.
Performing Arts students from the college’s Music, Dance & Technical Theatre courses at the Hayes campus also took part by providing the entertainment – the Can Can Can from the film Moulin Rouge and the choral song Seasons of Love from the musical Rent.