National award for T Level student Isabel

Posted: July 4, 2023

One of our students has won a national award in recognition of her commitment to nursing.

Isabel McElhatton was named the T Level Student of the Year in the NCFE’s Aspiration Awards 2023.

The 18 year old was chosen due to the outstanding drive and focus she showed while working at Leeds General Infirmary as part of her Health T Level.

Isabel was based in the hospital’s male nephrology (kidney disease) department, where she worked with a range of staff including consultants and clinical workers. Her supervisors were so impressed that she has now been offered an apprenticeship with the Trust, while she is also weighing up the option of studying nursing at university.

‘A thoroughly enjoyable experience’

She said: “I was so shocked to be told I had won. There are so many other students who have worked really hard on what has been a really challenging new course.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my T Level experience and am so happy and proud to have been nominated for, and then to have won, this award.”

Isabel, who plays for a local netball team, managed to hold down a part-time job – as a swimming coach and sport holiday camp supporter – while doing her course.

Just recognition for a dedicated student

Programme Manager Judith Fish said that made her achievement all the more impressive. She said: “Isabel has worked consistently well across all elements of the curriculum, has a natural interest in the subject and demonstrates a clear understanding of, and empathy for, the needs of individuals.

“As well as developing a sound knowledge and understanding of the key principles underpinning health care, Isabel can apply these consistently to her work.”

The Aspiration Awards are run annually by educational charity and vocational qualification awarding body, NCFE, to celebrate the success of learners, apprentices, teachers, support staff and educational organisations across the UK.

Celebrating education for all

NCFE’s Chief Executive, David Gallagher, said: “There isn’t just one definition of success. Throughout NCFE’s 175 years in this sector, we’ve seen it in many shapes – from going above and beyond to exceed expectations, overcoming obstacles to achieve the unexpected, or coming up with new and innovative ways of working to help others to achieve.

“This year’s Aspiration Awards winners are examples of how individuals can overcome barriers to achieve and fulfil their potential – and how a fairer education system for all learners can only serve to empower inclusivity and choice.

“These awards are a reminder of the transformative power of education and why we’re focused on shaping smarter learning, to ensure no learner is left behind.”

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