Business students rewarded for hard work

Wednesday, 08 June 2016

IMG_2331With the end of the Summer Term fast approaching, Seevic College’s Business Department has rewarded fourteen students for their exceptional behaviour over the past two years.

Taking place on Tuesday 7 June at Runnymede Hall, those leaving the college this summer were congratulated on their efforts and hard work throughout the time on BTEC courses including Travel & Tourism, Business, and Business & Finance.

Speaking at the event, Amanda Thurston, the college’s Curriculum Area Manager for Business, said: “Students haven’t just been selected for their grades; it is about the individual and the effort that they have executed throughout their time at Seevic.”

Students were nominated for a number of reasons; from their attendance and punctuality, to just being a lovely person to have in the classroom.  Joining twelve others, Holly Hooper, 19, and Ollie Parsons, 17, were among the winners.

Upon rewarding Holly, her Business tutor John Hallam said: “This person goes above and beyond every day, and puts a smile on my face every lesson.”

Originally choosing the college as she had the ability to focus on one subject, Leigh-on-Sea resident Holly soon became well-known across the college for her hard work. 

Seevic College, based in Runnymede Chase, Benfleet, offers all vocational students work experience to improve their progression after they leave.  Holly gripped this opportunity with both hands, and managed to bag herself placements at a book shop as well as within the Human Resources team at a law firm in London.

Talking about her next steps, Holly said: “I’d love to work at Seevic as I’ve had such a great time here.  I’d love to either teach Business or work in HR, and have actually applied for the college’s apprenticeship so fingers crossed!”

IMG_2333Students on the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business at the college are able to take a pathway in Enterprise, providing them with an insight into setting up their own business and the challenges faced during the process.

Basildon boy Ollie decided that the Enterprise route was for him, and was awarded with the Enterprise Student of the Year for his work in setting up a candle company.  Selling his goods at the college’s open evenings and other events, alongside local trade fairs, Ollie’s determination to see his business succeed shone through.

Ollie said: “The course at Seevic has provided me with a whole round knowledge of business; the tutors are fantastic and go into a lot of depth about individual areas and what we need to know to have a future career.

“Winning the award was a real surprise, but I’m really proud of what I’ve achieved.  I’ve already written about the Enterprise pathway on my CV and mentioned it within an interview, which the employer was really impressed with.”

With the event coming to a close, Amanda Thurston finished off by saying: “We wish you all the luck in the world, and remember – have no regrets!”

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