Students reach high to achieve their best

More than twenty of Northern Ireland’s most promising students picked up awards at the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) Celebrating Achievement event at Lisburn Civic Centre yesterday.

Together with their teachers, tutors, family and friends, these talented individuals celebrated their achievements in skills-based, work-related and life-long learning qualifications.

From Construction to Creative Crafts, the winners at Celebrating Achievement are well on their way to improving their future career prospects.

Congratulating the students at the ceremony was CCEA's Chief Executive Gavin Boyd. He commented:

"It is always a pleasure to host this celebration, where we bring together learners from across Northern Ireland to recognise their success.

What makes this ceremony even more special is that learners were nominated by teachers, tutors and other staff for their personal strengths and qualities, and many have overcome a specific challenge to achieve their qualification.

It is also encouraging to see a mix of schools, community organisations and Further Education colleges. It is important that skills development is accessible in a broad range of centres and that qualifications can be tailored to suit the needs of all learners.

It is a challenging and competitive marketplace out there for both jobs and places in education. For this reason it is more important than ever that skills and learning are constantly evolving to meet the demands of a changing world.

These students should be proud of their achievements, and the impression they have clearly made on their teachers and tutors. Their determination to succeed is an inspiration to us all and I wish them all the very best in the future."

Louise Lyness
Louise Lyness from Lurgan picked up a CCEA Celebrating Achievement award for Creative Crafts. Studying Level 3 Creative Crafts at Southern Regional College gave Louise the confidence to leave behind her career in finance and set up her own floristry business 'Blooming Artful Floristry'!

Louise Lyness picked up her Celebrating Achievement award for Creative Crafts, which she studied for at Southern Regional College, Armagh. Speaking about her award she said:

"I am really pleased to have won this award at CCEA's Celebrating Achievement event. The skills I have come away with from studying Level 3 Creative Crafts has given me the confidence to set up my own business 'Blooming Artful Floristry' which is keeping me very busy!"

Adam Clements
Adam Clements of Slemish College received his CCEA Celebrating Achievement award for Construction. Adam is now studying Electrical Installation at Northern Regional College. Here is with CCEA's Chief Executive Gavin Boyd showing off his skills!

Adam Clements of Slemish College picked up his CCEA Celebrating Achievement award for Construction, which he studied for at Northern Regional College, Ballymena. Speaking about his award he said:

"I really enjoyed the hands-on and practical nature of the Construction course. I am currently studying Electrical Installation at Northern Regional College whilst undertaking a work placement with a local electrical services firm."

Celebrating Achievement Award Winners

Winners Centre
Essential Skills  
Laura Mulholland, Application of Number Workforce Training
Lauren Hanna, Communication Fort Hill College
Patrick Campbell, Communication Learning for Independent Living
Andrew Stafford, Literacy Learning for Independent Living
Anne-Marie Murphy, Numeracy & Literacy Include Youth
Key Skills  
Michele Moreland St Mary’s High School, Downpatrick
Creative Crafts  
Louise Lyness Southern Regional College, Lurgan
Rory Farren AMH New Horizons
Certificate in Personal Effectiveness  
Jeffrey Hanna Kilkeel High School
Jennifer Gorman Bloomfield Collegiate School
Understanding Business Enterprise  
George Phillips North City Business Centre /
Enterprise Northern Ireland
Occupational Studies  
Kirstie Adamson, Business & Services New-Bridge Integrated College
Southern Regional College, Banbridge
Adam Clements, Construction Slemish College
Northern Regional College, Ballymena
Daniel Reilly, Construction St Patrick’s College, Maghera
Northern Regional College, Magherafelt
Danielle Wray, Design & Creativity St Patrick’s College, Ballymena
Northern Regional College, Ballymena
Oonagh Craig, Design & Creativity Sperrin Integrated College
Northern Regional College, Magherafelt
Rory Sharkey, Engineering & Engineering Services Sperrin Integrated College
Northern Regional College, Magherafelt
David Daykin, Engineering & Engineering Services De La Salle College
Workforce Training Services
Nicole Blaney, Environment & Society Lismore Comprehensive School
Southern Regional College, Lurgan
Saoirse McErlean, Environment & Society St Patrick’s College, Maghera
Northern Regional College, Magherafelt
Bernaldo Marime, Technology & Innovation Integrated College Dungannon
South West Regional College, Dungannon
Shane O’Callaghan, Technology & Design Lisanally School


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