Nesrin Sokucu, a BTEC First Diploma in Art and Design student here at CONEL, has clinched second place in the Young Apprentice Award, one of the skills categories celebrated at the annual Skills for London Awards held at a glitzy star-studded ceremony in June at the Natural History Museum.

Nesrin, who combines one day a week at CONEL for her BTEC Diploma studies with the rest of the week at school, just missed the top but is still delighted with her prize of £250 fashion vouchers. She says, “When they announced the Young Apprentice category I was a bit nervous and it was disappointing not to win, but the evening was lovely.”

The Young Apprentice Award was one of 13 awards presented that evening by England rugby star and ‘Question of Sport’ panel member Matt Dawson. The annual awards recognise the achievements of learners, employers and providers from across London, all of whom provided inspiring stories about the impact learning and skills has on people, communities and businesses.

With her sights firmly set on a career as a fashion designer, Nesrin is planning to move on to A Levels this September, followed by a university place.