Tyne Metropolitan College Celebration of Success 2015

13th July 2015 Date of publication

A collective celebration of success, achievements and accolades of Tyne Metropolitan College’s students resounded in the walls of the Whitley Bay Playhouse on the 7th July 2015. Sponsors, Governors, honoured guests, students and their families came together to celebrate the significant achievements of TyneMet’s students.

The College welcomed Ann Cleeves as the key note speaker who congratulated all of the students on their achievements; giving an impressive speech on never giving up on your dreams. The award winning author remarked that her own personal journey of becoming an established writer had been a long one and her own dream of getting published had been a considered, tireless effort.

The author has seen global success - with her work published and translated in over twenty languages and numerous television adaptations including the popular dramas Vera and Shetland.

Students were presented with awards for their hard work, positive attitude and determination to succeed.  One Awards sponsored the Employability Student of the Year Award which was won by Adam Todd with Daniel Henderson and Connor Tough as runners-up.

Pictured left to right (Chairman of Governors Bill Midgley, Ann Cleeves award winning author, Connor Tough, David Bell (TyneMet teacher representing student David Henderson, Winner – Adam Todd, Neale Coleman, One Awards and Principal and Chief Executive, Jon Vincent)

Adam Todd

Adam has been on work placement at Northumbria Health Care and has worked so well that he has been offered a paid position as a Business Admin trainee in Customer Service (Developing Access to Work with Northumbria Healthcare).

Adam often gets involved with charity and community projects and actively raised money through a chocolate tombola to purchase sufficient groceries to make food hampers for the homeless.

Adam has achieved all his academic targets this year and is hoping to continue his paid work with the NHS whilst continuing his studies in college.

Daniel Henderson

Daniel has worked incredibly hard in his functional skills maths and has made great progress. Although his previous qualification was only at Entry 2, he was assessed as working towards Level 1.  Not only has he achieved his Level 1, he has also successfully achieved his Level 2.

Dan is first person ever on Preparing for Employment to achieve this, and it reflects the hard work Daniel has put in to his sessions.  Dan has also been recognised as a local winner of the LA7 Youth Awards, and has been nominated for regional award.

As well as his functional skills, Daniel has also achieved the Certificate in Employability Skills and the Level 1 Award in Engineering and has also completed a placement at Northumbria Youth Action.  Daniel will be progressing to the Level 1 Transition to Employability course.

Connor Tough 

Connor has made great progress in his employability and social skills this year. He has made a successful transition from our Asperger's provision and has coped really well with being on a course where he has to work with a wide range of people. Through his vocational option, he has accessed some of the provision in the Engineering department and has been highly praised by the Engineering team for his diligence and focus. 

Connor has become more independent socially, and now regularly spends time with is friends outside college and is hoping to progress to Level 1 IT at the College. 

Jon Vincent, Principal and Chief Executive of TyneMet College, expressed his delight at so many students progressing to Higher Education with excellent results and excellent futures ahead.

Closing the FE Awards, Bill Midgley, Chair of Governors at TyneMet College, said:

“It’s a tremendous achievement to see the high performance of our students continually excel and grow and it’s a proud moment for the College to witness the future of our workforce being recognised for their passion. Without the willingness to learn - the world stops. ”

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