College making good citizens

Students mark the launch of The Sheffield Colleges Good Citizen Award along with Neil Wilkinson, head of student experience at The Sheffield College and Nancy Fielder, editor of The Star
Students mark the launch of The Sheffield Colleges Good Citizen Award along with Neil Wilkinson, head of student experience at The Sheffield College and Nancy Fielder, editor of The Star

New pilot awards scheme – The Good Citizen Awards – has been launched by The Sheffield College, to recognise student contribution to the community and develop skills for work and life.

The Good Citizen Award encourages full-time students, aged 16 to 18, to achieve a high rate of attendance and punctuality at the College and to complete work experience and volunteering to enhance their employment prospects.

The new scheme comprises three levels: platinum, gold and silver. Students awarded the highest level, platinum, must complete at least 51 hours of work experience and 15 hours of volunteering during the academic year.

As part of the scheme, students also need to demonstrate reliability, organisational and employability skills, respect and helpfulness to others and an understanding of British values.

Head of student experience at The Sheffield College, Neil Wilkinson, (pictured left) said: “This is an exciting new pilot scheme that will help our students go further and contribute to society. They’ll learn about the positive impact they can have in their communities and develop the personal and professional skills that are highly valued by employers. This will help set them apart when they are applying for apprenticeships, jobs and the next level course at college or university.”

Anna Jones, 16, studying business, said: “I think the Good Citizen Award is a great idea to help teens get involved with the community and have something to work towards. I feel it will offer great opportunities and be very rewarding for those who take part.”

Head of contact centre, Lloyds Banking Group, Amanda Kings, said: “We are delighted to work with The Sheffield College to provide bespoke support to students who will be taking their first step from education into employment.”

For more information about the next open days on October 25 and November 21, visit www.sheffcol.ac.uk or call 0114 2602600.