Riverside College and Cronton Sixth Form were delighted to welcome High Sheriff of Cheshire, Kathy Cowell OBE DL for a tour of the college campuses, to witness the progress of the brand new IDEA Centre, and meet with students; including apprentices nominated for the prestigious ‘High Sheriff’s Awards for Enterprise 2017’.
Beginning at Cronton Sixth Form, the High Sheriff was able to view the £9 million pound investment in college facilities over recent years. Ms Cowell also met with current A Level and vocational students to discuss their excellent progress so far.
During the tour of the college, the High Sheriff saw the progress of the new IDEA Centre (Innovation, Digital, Engineering, Applications) which will open in the summer and will house state of the art equipment and technologies to prepare students for university and the modern workplace.
The tour then moved to Riverside College, where Ms Cowell was able to meet with apprentices, vocational and occupational students. At the Engineering and Construction Skills Centre the High Sheriff met with engineering apprentice Jamie Twist, from Widnes, who is preparing for SkillWeld 2017, the UK’s most prestigious national welder competition.
Jamie, a former pupil at Ormiston Chadwick Academy, is an advanced apprentice at Hutchinson Engineering Ltd and has also been nominated for ‘The High Sheriff’s Awards for Enterprise – Best Apprentice in Cheshire & Warrington’. In 2015, his talents were recognised after being nominated for Apprentice / Young Achiever of the Year at the Halton Business Awards, where he placed second.
Rebecca Mason, from Runcorn, is an advanced apprentice in business administration at CJ Retail Solutions. Rebecca has also been nominated for the High Sheriff’s award for Best Apprentice in Cheshire & Warrington after demonstrating an outstanding work ethic during her apprenticeship.
Ms Cowell then met students at the recently refurbished Hair & Beauty Salons and toured the Scholars Restaurant, meeting staff and students before sitting down to a delicious meal at the restaurant.
College Principal Mary Murphy said, “We were delighted to welcome High Sheriff Kathy Cowell to our college. Our students were eager to meet with Kathy and talk about their fantastic progress so far this year. We hope when Kathy’s High Sheriff term finishes later this year, she will continue to be a friend of the college.”