A special awards event attended by leading industry partners and the Mayor of Reading took place at Reading College on 15 November to celebrate the achievements of Technology faculty students.
Following on from the official opening of the IT Solutions Lab, sponsored by the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, awards were given for each of the four technology pathways and for students who have successfully adopted the key attributes of being professional, confident, enterprising, resilient and aware to achieve and exceed expectations.
IT Student of the Year was Charlotte Wells-Mawdsley, who attended the ceremony with her four-year old son. Charlotte, who also works at Reading College as a Learning Support Assistant, was inspired to study for a National Extended Diploma in Computing Level 3 after supporting a student through their IT pathway. She achieved a distinction in one of the most challenging national programming exams, placing her in the top 4% in the country.
Charlotte says “It’s never too late to go back to education. After working really hard, I want to now do a level 4 apprenticeship with an IT company and specialise in cybersecurity.”
The Activate Technology Award for Vocational Excellence was chosen from the individual category winners, with Isaac Turner being the deserving recipient. Isaac is studying Electronic Engineering at Birmingham City University after recently graduating from City of Oxford College. Isaac said he felt “fantastic” about winning three awards, and that he learnt “resilience and good attributes” at college. His advice to other engineering students is to “always build the prototype for a final project as nothing else quite makes as much of an impact as a good prototype.”
A new award for this year, the £1000 David Granshaw Bursary, established in the memory of the late ATG (now part of the Activate Group) trustee, was won by Fidaa Mahmoud Alsubhat, Isaac Turner and Christine Dawkins each of whom receive between £250 and £500 to pursue individual projects including financial support for an Industry Placement with IBM in Central London, assistance with financial costs in higher education and a contribution towards tuition fees for post-graduate MA study.
Alex Warner, Director of Faculty: Technology and Reading College’s Acting Head of Campus said: “It is so important to celebrate our learners’ successes as it encourages the sharing of good practice and encourages others to achieve.
“Congratulations to all our award winners. They are the technology industry leaders of the future.”
Full list of winners
Engineering student of the year - Isaac Turner, from Oakley, Bucks
Motor vehicle student of the year - Bradley Ellis, from Reading
IT student of the year - Charlotte Wells-Mawdsley, from Reading
Construction student of the year - Darren Obern, from Bicester
‘Professional’ attribute award - Jack Meaden, from Reading
‘Confident’ attribute award - Charlie McIntyre, from Reading
‘Enterprising’ attribute award - Waqar Haider, from Reading
‘Resilient’ attribute award - Brandon Grant, from Reading
‘Aware’ attribute award - Tom Dance, from Ascot
The David Granshaw Bursary - Fidaa Mahmoud Alsubhat from Reading, Isaac Turner from Oakley and Christine Dawkins, a Reading-based teacher
The Activate Learning Technology Award for Vocational Excellence - Isaac Turner