Student reaches Finals of National Achievement Awards

Trafford College student, Brittany Peacock, has reached the finals of a prestigious national competition that celebrates the outstanding achievements of students across the country.

Brittany (18) from Sale, was named as a Highly Commended recipient in the 16 to 18 category in the Association of College’s Student of the Year Awards, which took place on 6th December.

Brittany, along with her proud grandfather and mother, as well as Trafford College Director of Learning for General Education, Helen Wood and Brittany’s Tutor, Pierina Bower were thrilled to attend the ‘Celebration of Student Success Reception’ in the House of Commons. The event was hosted by Peter Kyle MP (Labour, Hove) who is Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Further Education and Lifelong Learning.

Brittany Peacock & Kate Green MP

Brittany, who is a triple distinction Business and Enterprise student, Career Ready graduate, charity ambassador, and former Student Governor and HE award winner, impressed judges with her remarkable achievements and dedication throughout her study programme. In addition to attending her timetabled classes, Brittany attended master classes, employer visits and mentor sessions, and often motivated other less engaged students to attend also. Brittany also dedicated her spare time to arranging networking events to raise awareness of a student company she decided to establish with the help of her fellow students. The Smiling Gift Company was formed to improve the lives of children living in poverty across Greater Manchester.

Representing the only FE College at this year’s Start-Up Company of the Year awards (Young Enterprise Start-Up Challenge), Brittany led a team to victory and went head to head with some of the North West’s most talented HE students to be crowned North West Student of the Year 2016. Other students nominated for the award were year 2 and 3 undergraduates, making the overall win even more of an achievement for young Brittany.

Brittany is currently working her way to becoming one of Greater Manchester’s newest and most talented young entrepreneurs. After a gap year, which has seen her join Harrington Brooks and receive a promotion only a few months into her employment, Brittany will continue her studies at Chester University where she plans to study BA Business Management.

Her tutor, Pierina Bowyer, was present at the awards and commented, “Brittany should be incredibly proud of her achievements. She has graduated her programme, been recognised at the highest level in one of the most gruelling student competitions in the country and has now been recognised on a national level at the AoC Student of the Year Awards.

“When Brittany started at the College, her only goal was to be a successful entrepreneur and she has proven that she has what it takes to run her own company successfully in the future. She has developed first class entrepreneurial and employability skills, and prepared herself for the world of work through sheer grit and determination. I am extremely proud of Brittany, for her hard work and her hunger to succeed.”

Local business woman and entrepreneur, Dr Jackie Campbell, said of Brittainy, “Having a big idea is one thing, but having the motivation to transform it into reality is another. From meeting Brittany and hearing her presentations, you can tell that she is going to excel in whatever field she chooses to pursue.”

Brittany commented, “The Association of Colleges celebration was a brilliant way to celebrate all the hard work of all the winning recipients. I am extremely happy to have received the highly commended award and I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the House of Commons. It was an experience I’ll never forget.”

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