The sixth annual South and City College 'Sir Doug Ellis' Apprenticeship Awards evening at The Macdonald Burlington Hotel, was another resounding success!
A distinguished guest list that included Lady Heidi Ellis, MPs, The Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, the CEO of Cure Leukaemia, Pride of Britain 'Young Achiever' award winner Hezron Brown, senior business Leaders from across our region along with sector winner student award winners.
Once again hosted by our very own college ambassador & InBusiness President Tom Ross who mixed emotion with pride whilst orchestrating proceedings in his normal professional style.
Almost 200 guests thoroughly enjoyed an evening of celebration and collaboration that resulted in recognition of student successes and proud business colleagues.
Inspirational speaker Hezron Brown inspired the audience with his life story that sent out a real message of hope to those facing challenging times within their lives.
Sir Doug Ellis' widow Lady Heidi Ellis presented a special recognition award midway through the evening, with Principal Mike Hopkins reminding us all of Lady Ellis' significant donation to the College - an incredible 5 figure sum! A donation that continues the generosity of her late husband Sir Doug Ellis OBE over many years.
Monies raised during this very special evening were pledged to our Principal Mike Hopkins incredible cycle challenge for blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia - The Tour De France, a day before the professionals is dedicated to raise £1million for Cure Leukaemia, with Mike cycling over 3500 km through extreme terrain in June!
The CEO of Cure Leukaemia James McLaughlin spoke of what this sort of funding will deliver for those people living with blood cancer and InBusiness ambassador Steve Brittan also talked through his own personal journey with Leukaemia - truly inspirational.
A massive thank you to ALL of our sponsors led by the National Federation of Builders who have been working with South and City for over 5 years now through a dedicated bursary. NFB President Neil Walters announced a further 5 year bursary that will continue to help develop our students and help create opportunities for all.
Other sponsors included Protocol, Open College Network West Midlands, Aston University, City & Guilds and The Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.
Thank you also to our auction & raffle prize sponsors including The Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Devere & Company, The Jam House, Lyons Boat Yard Ltd, BCFC, The Belfry and Mark Libby Cottage - you have all helped us make a massive difference!
Many congratulations to ALL our winners and a big thank you to all our employers and college staff who contributed and nominated - along with the staff and students who helped set up this incredibly successful evening of celebration.
Make sure your diaries are free for next year’s Apprenticeship Awards evening at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel.