Two former Winstanley College students have been shortlisted for British Education Awards.
Joe Silvester and Jessica Fairhurst, who both finished college last summer, have been shortlisted in the categories ‘Higher Level Achievement’ and ‘Vocational Achievement ‘respectively.
Whilst at Winstanley, Joe secured himself a week’s work experience with accountancy giant Deloitte on their ASPIRE programme which allowed him to gain in-depth knowledge, practical experience and a true insight into the profession he wished to enter.
He so impressed Deloittes that they offered him an apprenticeship on completion of his A-levels, which he achieved top grades in, in Maths, Economics and Further Maths.
Outside of college, Joe was a member of a football team and was able to successfully balance this commitment with his studies, exhibiting both excellent time management skills as well as mental and physical prowess.
Jessica gained outstanding A level grades in Textiles (A*) Graphics (A*) and Photography (A*) progressing onto the college’s Art Foundation course with a future in the creative industries as her main ambition.
Whilst at college, Jessica’s enthusiasm for her chosen career in art was clear, taking every opportunity to develop her knowledge and understanding of the subject, including taking part in many extra enrichment activities which served to nurture her artistic imagination.
Jessica gained a well-deserved place at Goldsmiths in London, one of the top universities for creative courses in the country, where she is studying Design.
Both Joe and Jessica have been invited to the British Education Awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel Manchester on 31st January to find out if they are the winners of their categories.
Louise Tipping, College Principal, commented: ‘We are very proud to have two students nominated for these prestigious awards. Joe and Jessica have taken very different career paths but their journeys are equally impressive, we look forward to joining them at the awards ceremony in January.’