Former Trafford College student, Hannah Seager, has been named a finalist of the Association of Colleges Student of the Year awards.
Hannah is a finalist in the Adult Learner of the Year category of the national awards.
The TV and film student who received a triple distinction* in her Level 3 Extended Diploma in TV and Film earlier this year, has had a dream start to her career after gaining a place on the coveted BBC Apprenticeship Scheme.
The 20-year-old beat more than 9,000 other applicants to land a job on the production team for Blue Peter. The BBC Production Apprenticeship Scheme looks to recruit talented, creative people with their own ideas and perspectives who have the potential to become the lifeblood of the BBC and its programme-making teams. Hannah will gain invaluable hands-on experience working in the television industry, as well as receiving bespoke training from the BBC Academy.
As part of Hannah’s coursework she directed and featured in a documentary entitled ‘My Mum: Character over Cancer’ which followed her own mum’s treatment for the disease. Hannah knew that her mum would make a great central character for viewers to relate to, and she wanted to break the stereotypes of people with certain aspects of cancer.
Hannah commented, “I am really grateful for this opportunity of being recognised for an award and the acknowledgement of my role within the industry I studied hard to work in. I hope this inspires other students wanting to make a career out of something to push onward with what they want to do in life!”
Creative media tutor Joe Evans said: “I can’t think of a more worthy recipient of the AoC Award than Hannah. Her achievements have been phenomenal throughout her time at the College and to say it’s competitive to get onto the BBC apprenticeship scheme is a massive understatement.
“It’s been fantastic to see someone develop through her time on the course, producing excellent work, achieving high grades, having the confidence to apply for something like this and getting a place. Being shortlisted for this award is a wonderful achievement and we wish Hannah every success in her promising media career.”
David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, said: “Once again we have had excellent applications from colleges across the country who are all rightly proud of the efforts, achievements and application of their students. It makes the judging really tough, and offers inspiration to all of us. These awards show how much great work colleges are doing every day to help people realise their ambitions and develop their talents.
“Hannah has shown fantastic resolve and persistence and I wish her well on the night.”
The awards will be announced on Monday 19 November in an evening of celebration as the Association of Colleges also premiere a programme partnership between AoC and ITN Productions, showcasing some of the ways that colleges are transforming the lives of more than two million people across England and how vital colleges are to the future of the British economy in the 21st century.
There were 68 applications received across the three award categories. The judging panel was made up of members of the AoC Charitable Trust Board, AoC President and chaired by Kirsti Lord (AoC Deputy Chief Executive-Member Services). All the judges were very impressed by the variety of inspirational stories and the success achieved by the students.