Student celebrates success with gaining National Award

Student Harry Donnelly is celebrating after winning the AstraZeneca STEM Student of the Year Award for Technology at the National Career Ready Awards.

The award ceremony took place in London where outstanding students, teachers and employers gathered to celebrate excellence in employer engagement as well as recognising the successes of students who have completed the Career Ready programme.

Career Read is a UK wide charity which links employers with schools and colleges to open up the world of work to young people. Prior Pursglove has been working with the charity for a number of years and has allowed a great deal of students to gain vital works experience before heading off to University or into the working world.

Harry was awarded for the outstanding progress he made during his internship last summer at Mobile Mini, a secure container and site accommodation hire company. He was based within the marketing team and has stated that the experience was something he was truly grateful for and has allowed him to become the best version of himself.

Harry said of the award:

“I felt extremely excited but yet relaxed during the night, I felt the event was more so an opportunity to celebrate everyone’s progression and successes as opposed to a competition. Because of this, I felt that no matter where I finish, I would still feel like I have won because of the countless opportunities and experiences this course has brought me.

“I have genuinely loved every moment of the very challenging and rewarding course and to walk away with a first place national award out of it was the icing on the cake.

“Students should get involved with Career Ready because it offers everything you would expect to get out of an A Level course and more. You gain understanding, contacts, experience, opportunities and much, much more.”

Paul Grainger, Business Teacher and Career Ready Coordinator at Prior Pursglove College said:

“We are extremely proud of Harry and the commitment and enthusiasm he has shown over the last 18 months.  The programme provides the students with the necessary employability skills to bridge the gap between college and employment and Harry has grasped this opportunity with both hands.  At Prior we believe in developing well-rounded students who are fully equipped for the working world”.

After a successful placement last summer, Harry has been invited back to complete another internship this summer before he goes to university. Well done Harry!

For more information about Career Ready please visit their website here.