MK College celebrated the achievements of its students at its annual graduation ceremonies at the Woburn Sculpture Gallery this month.
Over 60 Apprenticeship and Higher Education students received their awards watched by family, friends and business partners from across Milton Keynes; some of whom were employers of graduating apprentices. And these graduates really are ‘ones to watch’ with many already contributing and making their mark in the Milton Keynes community.
21-year old apprenticeship graduate George Hudson is no exception, having recently made it through to the final of the IT Apprentice of the Year Award. George completed his apprenticeship training at local technology support company Mirus IT and is now employed by Mirus IT as a full-time Service Desk Engineer. George said: “I love the combination of training from the College and the company. My apprenticeship has helped me to see a real career path opening up in front of me”.
The College awarded both its Honorary Fellowships to business leaders for their outstanding contribution to the technological field and to business leadership in Milton Keynes.
– Paul Gartside is the Vice President of McAfee Security Research and Development for Data Protection. Paul is also an alumnus of MK College.
– Elizabeth Sheldon is the Chairman of Evidence Talks, a digital forensics company that she co-founded in 2002. Elizabeth has recently received two Women Leaders awards in Milton Keynes and the CBI National First Woman of Science and Technology award.
The Fellows delivered inspirational addresses to the graduates; providing an insight into their individual pathways to success and offering important advice for the graduate’s future careers.
Both Fellows are committed supporters of the College. McAfee and Evidence Talks are partners in the College’s recent bid to secure £28 million-worth of government funding to launch an Institute of Digital Technology at Bletchley Park; along with additional partners including Microsoft, KPMG and Cranfield University. If the second-stage bid is successful the new Institute will teach as many as 1,000 learners a year to help fill skills gaps in technical and digital fields including cybersecurity.
MK College Principal Dr Julie Mills commented “We are exceptionally proud of all our graduates. The College is committed to providing qualifications and skills required by businesses. I am confident that these talented individuals will be in high-demand. They have very bright futures ahead of them”.