Students take home top regional awards


Two West Cheshire College students were delighted after being recognised for their achievements at the North West EEF Future Manufacturing Awards 2016, held at AJ Bell Stadium, Eccles last month.

                                                             754 EEF Manufacturing Awards Beth Garnett (2666 X 3982)

Mechatronics students Beth Garnett, 19 from the Wirral and Nathan Richards, 19 from Ellesmere Port took home first and second place in the First Year Intermediate and Advanced Apprentice category.  Both are currently completing Apprenticeships with Vauxhall Motors in Ellesmere Port and impressed judges with their commitment, ambition and drive to pursue a career in manufacturing.

Other West Cheshire College students and Vauxhall Apprentices who were also acknowledged at the awards were Adam Peach, 19 from Cheshire, shortlisted for First Year Intermediate and Advanced Apprentice and Lewis Guy, 24 from Ellesmere Port, shortlisted for Final Year Intermediate and Advanced Apprentice.

Dominic Holden, 26 from the Wirral and Michael Smith, 17 from Cheshire were also shortlisted for Final Year Business Apprentice.

North West winner, Beth Garnett who is now in the running for the national title and will compete in January against five other regional winners from across the UK said, “I am a very practical person who enjoys getting involved, so I always knew that I wanted to follow an applied route, rather than go on to study academically at university. This is why the course at West Cheshire College, plus the Apprenticeship with Vauxhall is perfect for me.  It is a great blend of theory and hands-on learning based around Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.

“I love getting stuck in on the course and then applying it to my work at Vauxhall.  The other great thing is that our tutors have all worked in industry, some of them actually worked for Vauxhall before teaching, so they are able to pass on their experience and first-hand knowledge.”

When asked about winning first prize in her category Beth said, “I was a little shocked at winning the regional award, as I wasn’t expecting it, but it is great to be recognised for my achievements.  It would be amazing to take home the national prize in January, but getting this far is great and I know it will give my CV a real boost.”

Helen Nellist, Acting Principal and Chief Executive at West Cheshire College said, “We are so proud of all our students who either won prizes or were short-listed at the North West EEF Future Manufacturing Awards.  They have really thrown themselves into both their courses and the Apprenticeships and have shown that there is a route into manufacturing for those who want an alternative to full-time study.

“Our relationship with Vauxhall in Ellesmere Port continues to flourish, providing mutually beneficial opportunities for both the students and them as local employer and we hope it continues to go from strength to strength.  We congratulate all the students and wish Beth the best of luck for the National final early next year.”

Val Thomas, Plant Personnel Manager Vauxhall said, “We are very proud of our Apprentices.  They are a credit to Vauxhall and reflect the excellent training and support they receive within the Plant and college.  The partnership between ourselves and West Cheshire College works together to deliver highly developed and competent employees”.

For more information about Apprenticeships at West Cheshire College visit or call the college hotline on 01244 656555.


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