Conel’s Graduation ceremony celebrates students, apprentices and employers

CONEL celebrated the end of a brilliant year with a glittering graduation ceremony attended by around 200 people last night (6 July) at the College’s Tottenham Centre. Introduced by the College’s Principal Andy Forbes the event included an inaugural speech from College Governor Lord Triesman of Tottenham, moving speeches from former students and musical performances from singer/songwriter, Eva Dushaj.

The Ceremony recognised the hard work that the students, apprentices and employers had all put in, enabling them to either move on to higher education, move to the next level in their apprenticeship or advance in their careers.

Lord Triesman urged “Skills are important but what will move our country forward is the ability to innovate. All of you here are clearly committed to study and to gaining skills, but remember to think imaginatively and to come up with new solutions to old problems.”

Partner employers who attended included One Housing, Haringey Council, Enfield Council and King’s Kids Day Nursery.

Former Electrical Installation Level 2 student Chenique Cawley described how her practical aptitude had led her to seek a job with her hands and her CONEL course was the perfect choice. Receiving a great deal of learning support for her dyslexia at CONEL, she is now an apprentice with Arriva London as a mechanical engineer and works from the Edmonton garage repairing buses.

Rosheen Salmon described how she came to England from Jamaica about five years ago aged 15 and rather than going to secondary school as she had expected enrolled at CONEL. “I came to England with no qualifications and completed my Level 2, gained triple distinctions in my Level 3 and earned a scholarship to study at the University of Kent.”

Like Chenique, Rosheen made the most of her time at CONEL. She was a Student Ambassador, Communications Officer for the Students’ Union, a Student Mentor and she won an Exceptional Performance Award at the College Excellence Awards in 2013 and won again in 2014.  Rosheen was selected for the prestigious Career Ready Academy and as part of that had a paid internship with RBS, who liked her so much they offered her a full-time job, but she turned it down as she was determined to go to university.

Nathan Beckles, a media graduate, who studied at the former Enfield College, now Enfield Centre around ten years ago is today the Global Director of Business Development at cutting edge technology company Applify Tech.

Nathan says of his career path “I started out working for a company which paid the bills but didn’t excite me. I decided to go for what I loved, which was to work with technology. I joined as a worked my way up by specialising in app development. Today I lead the company in global development.”

A hundred apprentices, students and employers graduated this year from Access to Higher Education courses in Science, Engineering, Computing and Nursing. Higher Education students included: Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Higher National Diploma (HND) students graduating in Computing, Music Production and Animation and Games.

Teachers graduated who were studying Diploma in Education and Training, as well as specialist diplomas in Teaching English Literacy and ESOL and Teaching Disabled Learners. Foundation Degree graduates included Childhood Studies and Counselling.

Eva Dushaj, a singer songwriter with SoundSkool performed her own compositions titled ‘Enjoy Your Life’ and ‘Pride’.

The College offers a wide range of Access to Universityand Higher Education courses as well as Advanced and Higher Apprenticeships. Advanced Apprenticeships are equivalent to Level 3 study.

Higher Apprenticeships are equivalent to HNC/HND level, which means that if you complete a degree you are likely to have already covered your first or second year of study. Just like having an HNC, HND or Foundation Degree, this means you will be able to join your degree course in the second or third year to convert it to an honours degree.

To find out more about our Access and Higher Education courses please click here. 

To find out more about our apprenticeships and apprenticeship vacancies please click here.

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