It's been a strange year for everyone but one thing hasn't changed - and that's the brilliance of our learners and clients.
After what has been a very unusual and challenging academic year, Gower College Swansea was delighted to hold its first Virtual Annual Student Awards ceremony.
The Virtual Awards took the form of a video hosted on the College website and featured contributions from regular MC Kev Johns MBE and the College’s Lockdown Choir, who sang a moving rendition of the classic Lean on Me.
The event comprised of 24 separate awards categories from across the College’s wide range of provision including full time, part time, apprenticeships, employability programmes and Higher Education courses.
“We were determined to celebrate the achievements of our students in the best way we could this year,” says Principal Mark Jones. “Once again, the stories we heard were truly inspirational – individuals who have had to deal with the most challenging of circumstances to achieve success.
“Many of our winners juggle their studies with busy family lives, jobs and caring responsibilities and all are excellent role models. Although we couldn’t be together this year, we felt it was really important to honour their achievements and celebrate their talent, tenacity and dedication.”
The 2020 winners in full:
Adult Basic Education/ESOL Student of the Year – John Yates
Bernie Wilkes Award - Hair, Beauty and Holistic Student of the Year – Hollie Yeates
Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Student of the Year – Rebecca Jones
Independent Living Skills Student of the Year – Nicholas James
Sport and Public Services Student of the Year – Wiktoria Rejniak
Visual Arts Student of the Year – Chloe Loach
Business Student of the Year – Hugh Orgill
Creative Arts Student of the Year – Matthew Newcombe
Humanities and Languages Student of the Year – Megan Phillips
Maths, Science and Social Science Student of the Year – Jason Liu
Technology Student of the Year – Karolis Lisauskas
Engineering Student of the Year – Mohamad Melhem
Health and Social Care Student of the Year – Chloe Lloyd
Plumbing and Construction Student of the Year – Bradley Jones
Apprentice of the Year – Linda James
Employer Partner of the Year - DVLA
GCS Training Student of the Year – Debbie Xerri
International Student of the Year – Jiaming Yang
Access Student of the Year – Emily Skyrme
HE Student of the Year – Susan McCormick
Welsh Language Student of the Year – Tezni Williams
Employability Client of the Year – Ashleigh King
Outstanding Sport Student of the Year – Saadia Abubaker
Progression and Commitment Student of the Year – Iestyn Jenkins
Inspirational Student of the Year – Mohamad Melhem
Gower College Swansea gratefully acknowledges its sponsors for the 2020 Virtual Annual Student Awards: AB Glass; Andrew Evans Painting Contractors Ltd; Bevan Buckland LLP; Blake Morgan; City & Guilds; ComputerAid; Day’s Motor Group; First Cymru; Hengoed Care; Mark Jones; National Waterfront Museum; RW Learning; South Wales Transport; Swansea University; Tata Steel; The Wave; Track Training; University of Wales Trinity Saint David; Vibe Video Production; Vortex IoT; WalesOnline; Y Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol; Zenith Print Group