Marine engineering apprentice is AOC finalist

Published: 1st November 2017

Published by City College Southampton

One of our marine engineering apprentices, Danielle Thomas, has been shortlisted as a finalist for Apprentice of the Year in the Association of Colleges (AOC) Student of the Year Awards 2017. The awards celebrate truly unique students who have not just overcome adversity or who are naturally gifted. Student of the Year finalists have used their achievements and talents to give back and positively impact their college and/or community.

David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, said: "The Student of the Year awards showcase the very best of college students across the country. They celebrate the achievements of the exceptional students who stand out from the crowd. It isn't only about whether someone has achieved the top grades, but rather the inspirational nature of accomplishments. All of the finalists are exceptional and highlight what can be achieved through determination, perseverance and commitment."

Being the only female in her class and in the workplace has not deterred her from striving to be the best and in her own words never ‘outgunned’. Danielle played an important role in two high profile projects outside of her apprenticeship which included building two docking RIBS for Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) and restoring a medieval cargo ship in the City. She has strived to complete her work to the highest standard and accuracy setting an example to her classmates.

Danielle will attend a special dinner at the Association of Colleges’ Annual Conference on 14th November to find out if she has won the prestigious award of overall Apprentice of the Year 2017.

We wish her the best of luck.