News - 11 November 2013

Derby College Apprentice Highly Commended at National Awards

Cat Treanor IMI award

Catherine Treanor (left) with HRH Prince Michael of Kent

A Derby College Motor Vehicle apprentice has been highly commended after being shortlisted for a prestigious national industry award.

Catherine Treanor (19), from Duffield is an apprentice at Station Garage in Belper and attends Derby College’s Roundhouse campus on day release. 

She was highly commended in Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) Outstanding Achievers Award for Technical Student in the Light Vehicle category – shortlisted from thousands of entries. 

Catherine was presented with her award by HRH Prince Michael of Kent at the IMI headquarters in Hertfordshire and accompanied by Derby College Motor Vehicle Team Manager Matthew Curtis who nominated her for the award. 

Catherine was nominated in recognition of the quality of her work at College and her commitment to raising the profile of women working in the motor vehicle industry through a number of industry, college and city-wide events. 

 She was also chosen represent Derby College in  Germany as part of a European exchange programme and she was also named Engineering Apprentice of the year at the College’s Peak Awards this summer. 

Matthew Curtis said: “Catherine is a hard working and diligent learner who has devoted her own time outside work and College to raise the profile of women in this traditionally male dominated industry. 

“She really deserved this accolade in what was the most hotly contested category of the Awards with thousands of nominations from throughout the UK.” 

Catherine added: “I was extremely honoured just to be shortlisted and delighted to be highly commended.  It was a wonderful opportunity to meet other learners, members of the IMI and or course HRH Prince Michael of Kent. 

“Derby College has opened so many new doors for me – including international work experience and the opportunity to represent the College at events to talk about my experiences.”

Source: Derby College

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