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Golden Accolade Awarded to Former City College Plymouth Student
City College Plymouth is celebrating as Charleine Wain, entrepreneur and runner up on BBC’s The Apprentice, has been awarded a prestigious Association of Colleges (AoC) Gold Award at the House of Commons. The award celebrates the success of further education alumni and acknowledges the vital role that colleges play in building the foundation of successful careers.
Charleine was nominated by the college where she studied NVQ levels 1 and 2 in hairdressing from 2007 to 2009. She went on to open her own hair and beauty salon and is now the owner of Charleine Wain Salons. She also reached the final five of The Apprentice in 2015.
Staff and students from City College Plymouth attended the awards ceremony in London on 8 June where Charleine was presented with her AoC Gold Award by Baroness Sharp of Guildford.
On accepting the award, Charleine said: “I am absolutely delighted to have received an AoC Gold award. Returning to education later on in life was one of the best decisions I ever made, and the support and encouragement I was given at college was phenomenal. I’m thankful for the success in my career to date, to be recognized with an award is truly humbling.”
City College Plymouth also nominated Cherry Watters, 35, as a student showing promise in a similar field, to become one of the Association of Colleges ‘Future Stars’. Cherry is studying for a diploma in hairdressing for cutting and styling technicians, and would like to open her own salon.
Cherry changed career after a personal tragedy but has persevered and maintained a hugely positive outlook. She said: “It was really difficult to pull through, but seeing people like Charleine who have gone on to be successful and run their own business makes you feel like you can do it too. Like me, she did all this with a young family, so she’s proof that you can make it work. I only hope I can help and inspire people as much as she has.”
Cherry also attended the award ceremony at the House of Commons where she had the opportunity to meet Charleine to find out more about what it takes to carve out a successful career and the role that the college played.
Phil Davies Principal and Chief Executive of City College Plymouth, said: “It is a proud day for City College when one of our alumni is honoured with a national award. Charleine is a wonderful ambassador for both our College and the hair and beauty industry. We need many more like her to inspire young people to achieve their full potential, and our Future Star, Cherry, is a prime example of this. She is a hardworking and dedicated individual, who I am sure will go on to great success in her career with the support of the College and mentors like Charleine.”
Further education colleges provide high-quality technical and professional education and training for young people, adults and employers. The AoC Gold Awards highlight the role colleges play in providing over three million students with valuable employability skills, helping to develop their career opportunities and strengthen the local, regional and national economy.
Colleges are inspirational places to learn because education and training is delivered by expert teaching staff in industry-standard facilities. From basic skills to postgraduate degrees, colleges offer first rate technical teaching, in a range of professions including engineering, hospitality, IT, construction and the creative arts.