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Student awards celebrate success at leading North Wales college

COLEG CAMBRIA celebrated the dedication and skill of learners and apprentices at its annual Student Awards.

The college’s Yale site in Wrexham held events for Further and Higher Education (FE and HE) and Work-based Learning (WBL) and Adult and Community Learning (ACL) this week.

Chief Executive Yana Williams and Cath Sullivan, Deputy Chief Executive for People, Experiences and Culture, hosted proceedings over two nights.

“Congratulations to everyone on your success in the last year,” said Ms Williams.

“Also, a big thank you to your families, friends and those who supported you on your journeys.

“You are a credit to Coleg Cambria, and we are so pleased and proud to be able to celebrate your achievements across a wide range of programmes.

“From apprenticeships and work-based learning courses to A Levels and more, whatever your next steps will be, we will always be here for you and wish you the very best of luck for the future.”

Emmanuel Anthony

Special guests were entrepreneur, speaker and business start-up consultant Emmanuel Anthony, whose mission is to “empower people to turn their passion into their profession through resilience, work ethic and entrepreneurship”, and Matt Hall, a Guinness World Record Holder, serial entrepreneur, amateur bodybuilding finalist and host of Apple’s top charted podcast, Success School.

The student awards celebrate achievement across all of Cambria’s sites – Northop, Deeside, Llysfasi, and Bersham Road and Yale college in Wrexham.

Among the winners were:

  • Deeside Sixth Student of the Year – Daniel Mayers-Jones
  • Yale Sixth Student of the Year – Zoe Bayley-Jones
  • Welsh Language Student of the Year – Melody Griffiths
  • Welsh Language Apprentice of the Year – Ruby Ballantyne
  • Charity Learner of the Year – Ben White
  • Access to Higher Education Student of the Year – Selma Souza Fernandes
  • Higher Education Learner of the Year – Matthew Jones
  • Neurodiverse-Centred Course Student of the Year – Natasha Royal
  • Elite Sports Student of the Year – Carys Davies
  • Esports Student of the Year – Oliver Pearce
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Students of the Year – Max Williams, Micah Hampton, Enrique Manzano.
  • Digital Technologies Apprentice of the Year – Ashley Littlemore
  • Adult Learner of the Year – Anne Williams
  • Aeronautical Apprentice of the Year – Robert Jones
  • Motor Vehicle Apprentice of the Year – Hayley Brittle
  • Llysfasi Land-based Student of the Year – Charlotte Bailey
  • Northop Technical Studies Student of the Year – Kai Dodd
  • Childcare WBL of the Year – Gemma Young
  • Learn English Learner of the Year – Deodato Barbosa De Carvalho
  • Welsh for Adults Learner of the Year – Kierion Lloyd
  • Hair and Beauty WBL of the Year – Tia Arrowsmith

There was also special recognition for the WorldSkills UK finalists who represented the college and industry partners in 2023/24.