Students, joined by friends, family and employer partners celebrated their success with award-winning entrepreneur, Bianca Miller-Cole at an awards night at the Beck Theatre, Hayes. Bianca made her name launching a diverse hosiery brand which was originally pitched on The Apprentice which left her as runner-up at the end of the series. However, the brand went on to success with stockists including Selfridges. Bianca was recently ranked as one of the top ten most powerful leaders on Linkedin – chosen from twenty million members. She spoke about her life before presenting the awards.
The award winners were chosen from across the college’s study programmes which include A Levels, GCSEs, Apprenticeships, vocational qualifications such as BTEC and UAL options as well as Higher Education qualifications such as HNCs and HNDs.
Dr Darrell DeSouza, Group Principal and CEO of HCUC said: “What a fantastic night! All our winners were equally deserving, whether studying for academic qualifications, on vocational programmes or work-based trainings such as apprenticeships, as were the industry partners recognised in our Employer Awards category.”
It was an emotional occasion for Dr DeSouza as he is shortly retiring from his role after twenty one years.
Dylan McTaggart, HCUC Deputy CEO and Principal of Uxbridge College, said: All our winners were equally deserving, whether from our science and engineering courses which continue to expand, or other professional areas such as health and social care, teaching, catering and hospitality, hair and beauty, travel and tourism, the uniformed public services, sport, the creative arts and more. Special thanks to our performing arts students – the music and dance performances filled the room and feet were dancing beneath every seat!”