The College of North East London (CONEL) celebrated the success of their top students with a sprinkling of glitz at their annual Excellence Awards, on Thursday 16 November.

Distinguished journalist Henry Bonsu and The Mayor of Haringey - Gina Adamou were amongst the guests who helped to make the evening a memorable occasion, which was held at the prestigious Regency Banqueting Suite.

CONEL's Excellence Awards are held in recognition of the skills and achievement of CONEL's outstanding students, the commitment to workforce development of excellent employers, and the dedication and enthusiasm of star teachers, tutors and support staff.

This year the ceremony honoured CONEL's exceptional students across a range of industry categories, including Construction, Care and Health and the Creative Industries, as well as celebrating success in Skills for Life such as English, maths and IT. There were also special awards for Young Learner of the Year 14-16 years and 16-18 years, Lifelong Learning and Apprentice of the Year.

Valerie Argoub, winner of the Lifelong Learning Award, who completed an Access Certificate in Nursing and Health, and who is now studying a degree in Midwifery, said:

"CONEL gave me the passport to access my dreams; as a result of the course I have entered the world of Midwifery."

Scott Butcher, Apprentice of the Year, who achieved an Advanced Apprenticeship in Plumbing, said:

"I gained a full time job after taking the course; it helped me to progress in life. Now I have my sights set on being a manager."

Employer Excellence Awards were received by R.G. Taylor Engineering, Haringey Council and Barnet Council. The employer awards recognised organisations that were excellent partners working with CONEL to develop the skills of their workforce, including Apprentices. The Union Learning Representative Excellence Award went to Carmen Bruno of Unison in recognition of work in partnership with Barnet Council and CONEL.

Nicky Harrison, Chair of Governors at CONEL said, "I am very happy to be here tonight, sharing this evening with my fellow Governors and the College staff; I would like to congratulate all of those students who have been nominated for their good work and commitment to study and training, and also their families and their teachers. They should all be immensely proud of their accomplishments."

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