Chesterfield College student wins national award

Jennie Jarvis wins VQ award

Jennie Jarvis, is celebrating after winning an award at a prestigious ceremony held by The Edge Foundation, in London to applaud vocational talent. TV gardener, Diarmuid Gavin presented learners, teachers and employers from across the UK with awards to recognise the hard work and achievements of people involved in studying for or delivering Vocational Qualifications.

The Chesterfield College student was one of nine regional Vocational Qualification Learner of the Year winners applauded for their work in a variety of sectors, from art and film making to plumbing and beauty.

Judges were impressed with Jennie’s motivation, drive and enthusiasm as well as her achievements. After making the decision to turn her life around and make her children proud, Jennifer joined Chesterfield College. She wanted to carve a career in the beauty industry and despite initially suffering from low confidence Jennie discovered an exceptional natural talent in nail art - a talent which saw her win gold at the World Skills UK final. She is now working in Essenza in Alfreton and with Chesterfield College to help other students prepare for World Skills competitions. With a business plan in place, she is also well on the way to achieving her dream of running her own beauty salon.

Stuart Cutforth, Principal from Chesterfield College said: “We are really proud of Jennie for everything she has achieved and we look forward to hearing more about where she takes the skills she has gained during her time with us. The Vocational Qualification Awards are a fantastic way to put the spotlight on what vocational learning can lead to. I hope they inspire many more people to find out what their local college can offer.”

Talking about the Vocational Qualification awards Nick Boles, Skills Minister said: "High quality technical and professional education is key to giving learners and businesses the skills they need to succeed. This year's award winning teachers, learners and employers are a great example of the hard work shown across the sector.”

"We will go further and deliver three million new apprenticeships over the next five years, benefiting from high standards of qualifications and training along with the experience of a paying job."

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