Andrew celebrated the success of a local student at a prestigious event in parliament this week.
Mr Stephenson joined Bilal Saleem from Nelson & Colne College and a host of other students and MPs at the Association of Colleges’ Student of the Year Awards reception at the House of Commons. Bilal came runner-up in the Adult Learner of the Year Award category.
The awards celebrate the achievements and successes of exceptional students who stand out from the crowd and have either shown academic excellence, contributed to their local economy or overcome difficulty to progress. The award is open to any student of an AoC member college, and is not limited by age, level or course.
Following the event, Andrew said: “It was a real pleasure to meet Bilal, whose story and achievement is inspirational.
“I was pleased to help celebrate his success and to pay tribute to the role that excellent colleges like Nelson & Colne play in enabling people to achieve their dreams.”
David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, said: “The standard of entries this year was incredibly high and each of the students deserve praise for the contribution they make to their colleges as well as the contribution they are bringing to their local community.
“All the students have done fantastically well to get here so special mention must go to their colleges who do fantastic work daily to harness their skills and prepare them for the world of work.”