College celebrates first day of FE and Apprenticeship Student Awards

Ruth Peterson | July 5, 2021

A week of celebrations has begun in spectacular style as the first of the Bradford College FE and Apprenticeship Award ceremonies took place today (5 July).

The awards highlight the exceptional achievements of the Bradford College Class of 2021, recognising those students who have not only overcome the challenges of the past academic year but excelled.

Today saw the celebration of students from Construction and Engineering and Professional and Leisure Services, who have all been specially selected by their tutors to receive special recognition.

Opening the ceremony, Dawn Leak, Vice Principal, said: “It is our pleasure to recognise your successes and achievements at this ceremony.”

Presenting the awards to students within his department, Greg O’Shea, Head of Construction and Engineering, said: “You really do represent the best of Bradford College.”

All ready for the special day

“So proud of the progress you have made this year.”

Receiving the Head of Department Award for 16-18 Student of the Year was Moussa Shahid. Moussa started with the college last year on a level 1 Electrical Installation course and progressed to level 2 this year. Since starting, he has flourished and put himself in pole position for an apprenticeship as well as  rising to the top of the class. Greg said: “We are so proud of the progress he has made this year and the determination he has shown in gaining employment is an example for all other students.”

After receiving the award, Moussa said: “I feel really happy to have achieved this. I wouldn’t have been able to do this without my tutors.”

L-R: CEO Chris Webb celebrates with Moussa Shahid and Greg O’Shea

A model student

Kofi Casey achieved the Head of Department for Employability and Work Readiness. His tutors put him forward for being: “An overall an excellent model student, and his determination, resilience and will to be the best he can be that makes us think his employability skills are off the chart.”

Kofi said: “This drives me to believe in myself and strive for more.”

“This was where my heart was.”

Kingsley Domfeh was presented the Head of Department for Leadership and Peer Support for representing his class as course rep, and always putting the needs of others before his own. He said: “I have always had a passion for cars since I was five years old. I chose to go down the mechanical engineering route because this was where my heart was.”

Kingsley Domfeh

Kingsley has now succeeded in gaining a two-year apprenticeship with Halfords and has ambitions to open his own garage further into the future, fixing cars as well as motorbikes and importing vehicles from overseas.

Shane Brumfitt was “really happy” after receiving his Head of Department Award for Adult Student of the Year for outstanding progress, while Bronson Bell was celebrating being named Student of the Year for English.

A proud example

Leon Lad was named Overall Student of the Year for Construction and Engineering. He secured a job with an engineering company in Leeds in April. Seizing the chance at getting a foot in the door, it meant Leon had to complete his course work whilst working. He said, “It would’ve been great to just concentrate on the course work, but I was thrilled to get a job in engineering, I couldn’t pass it up. So I had to work hard to juggle my course work and working at the same time.”

CEO Chris Webb with Leon Lad

“I’ve really enjoyed my time at Bradford College and appreciate the support given to me to help me get into a career in engineering. My employer is pretty great too, they gave me the day off to come to these awards, and have asked me to send them a photo of me at the awards to put up at work.”

Bev Fox, Head of Professional & Leisure Services, presented awards to students in her department. Wajid Hussain gained the English Student of the Year Award for his commitment to improving his GCSE grade and working at an extremely high standard, while Maths Student of the Year went to Matthew Rubery.

“They pushed me to give my best”

Matthew, who has now gained a job as a sports facilities assistant with the college, said: “The staff have been motivational and pushed me to give my best.”

Katy Smith

Student of the Year for Fitness / Massage was Katy Smith, who has gained outstanding results in her exams and is now employed as a massage therapist receiving excellent feedback for her skill and ability.

Katy originally undertook a Level 2 course but enjoyed her studies at Bradford College so much she went on to Level 3. She is hoping to embark on a degree in physiotherapy in September. She said: “The support I have received has been amazing.”

Greg O Shea with award winners Kingsley Domfeh and Kofi Casey

The ceremony was the first of five events taking place at Bradford College’s Trinity Green campus throughout the week. Closing today’s awards, Dawn Leak said: “You take these awards home knowing you have succeeded in what truly might be the most unique year of your lives.”

Watch the special event

You can view today’s event on our special event page: https://www.bradfordcollege.ac.uk/feawards/

The winners

The FE and Apprenticeship Student Award winners announced at today’s event were:

Construction and Engineering

  • HOD Award 2021 – Student of the Year (16-18)  Moussa Shahid
  • HOD Award 2021 – Student of the Year (Adult)  Shane Brumfitt
  • HOD Award 2021 – Employability & Work Readiness  Kofi Casey
  • HOD Award 2021 – Leadership & Peer-Support  Kingsley Domfeh
  • Student of the Year 2021 – Construction & Engineering Leon Lad
  • Student of the Year 2021 – Joinery           Josh Holdsworth
  • Student of the Year 2021 – Plumbing      Liam Turner
  • Student of the Year 2021 – Electrical       Liam Moore
  • Student of the Year 2021 – Brickwork     Jozef Tancos
  • Student of the Year 2021 – Plastering     Robert Makula
  • Student of the Year 2021 – Motor Vehicle            Paige-Ellouise Green
  • Student of the Year 2021 – FE Construction Management             Mahab Ahmed
  • Student of the Year 2021 – Maths             Shane Ashby
  • Student of the Year 2021 – English           Bronson Bell
  • Most enrichment hours completed 2021               Bilal Rauf
  • Greatest Achievement 2021        Max Skelding
  • Outstanding Contribution 2021    Jessica Morris

Professional and Leisure

  • Maths Student of the Year 2021                Matthew Rubery
  • English Student of the Year 2021               Wajid Hussain
  • A Level Student of the Year 2021              Kacper Lesniak
  • HOD Award for Endeavour 2021                Umar Yacub
  • HOD Award for Commitment 2021           Olivia Midgley
  • HOD Award for being AWESOME 2021   Teri Dixon
  • HOD Award for Inspiration 2021               Eesa Annecchini
  • HOD Award for Team Player 2021            Khuram Abid Hussain
  • Overall Student of the Year 2021              Madiha Ahmed
  • Student of the Year 2021 – Travel & Tourism       Elivia Delaney 
  • Student of the Year 2021 – Catering & Hospitality            Jamie Greenwood
  • Student of the Year 2021 – Sport               Amy Alinson
  • Student of the Year 2021 – UPS Sidrah Ahmed
  • Student of the Year 2021 – Fitness/Massage       Katy Smith 
  • Student of the Year 2021 – Hair Hannah-Mae Greaves
  • Student of the Year 2021 – Beauty/Make Up       Paige Mawdsley
  • Student of the Year 2021 – Business        Cassidy Leigh Bates
  • Student of the Year 2021 – Barbering      Sulaiman Mahfooz
  • Most enrichment hours completed 2021   Odwa Mqotsi
  • Greatest Achievement 2021        Sachin Madhas
  • Outstanding Contribution 2021   Amy Alinson

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