Derby College Group celebrates peak performers

Published on: Sunday, 30th June 2019

Derby College Group’s annual Peak Awards was a double celebration this year.  As well as students from colleges across the group receiving awards in recognition of their hard work and achievements, DCG marked the 10th anniversary of the opening of the historic Roundhouse.

The Roundhouse Technical and Professional Skills college in Pride Park is now home to more than 2,000 students across a range of subjects from Engineering and Business to Childcare and Travel and Tourism.

Two special prizes were awarded on the night – Student of the Year and Apprentice of the Year.

  • Student of the Year was James Whitchurch (21) from Ilkeston who has studied Engineering at since he was 16.  He gained an apprenticeship at Train FX – returning to College on day release - and has gone onto complete an Engineering degree at the Roundhouse and finish his apprenticeship – securing a full-time role at the company.

Other award winners included:

  • Academic Studies award winner Ethan Lee (19) from Breaston who has studied Sociology, English Language and Psychology at the Joseph Wright post-16 Academic and Arts college and is planning to study Cognitive Neuro Science and Psychology at the University of Nottingham.
  • The Business award went to Maciej Mikisz (19) who has completed work placements with the Derby Telegraph Employer Academy and at Breadsall Priory and will be studying Business Management at the University of Derby.
  • Countryside Management student Daisy Fretwell (20,) who has studied at Broomfield Hall Land-based and Leisure college, won the Plant Science award in recognition of her commitment to work placements
  • The Higher Education and Access Award went to Charis Oliver (20) from Watnall who has progressed onto a Foundation Degree in Criminal Justice which has included work experience opportunities such as covert security testing at various airports.  She returns to Broomfield Hall in September for the BA honours security and offender management degree programme.

Derby College Chief Executive Mandie Stravino said: “The Peak Awards is the highlight of the College year and is even more special as we approach the ten year anniversary of the opening of the Roundhouse college.  It is amazing showcase of young people who are now well prepared for the next stage of their lives – whether that the world of work, higher education or to start their own business.

“Furthermore, the success of adult learners who are progressing in their careers through further and higher education opportunities at the College has also been a true inspiration to us all.”

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