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Grimsby Institute Hairdressing Apprentice, Georgia Ware-Gostelow, Wins 1st Place At Wella TrendVision Final

Georgia Ware-Gostelow, a hairdressing apprentice at the Grimsby Institute, has won first place in the finals of the prestigious Wella TrendVision Awards. The Wella TrendVision Awards celebrate hairdressing that is inspirational, fashionable and consumer friendly. The competition showcases an array of exceptionally talented hairdressers in a variety of categories and is an important annual event for all UK training providers and colleges.  

Georgia's Winning Style
Georgia’s Winning Style

The finals were held at the Wella World Studios on Sunday 2nd October where Georgia had three hours to complete her winning look. The results were announced at a glittering awards ceremony on Monday 3rd October at Magazine in London. Georgia was one of ten nominees in the Xposure UK & Ireland Category and earned the much coveted first-place spot.

Georgia said: “I have been on the most incredible journey, to think this all started with a photographic entry for one of my assessments. I am so happy with what I have achieved, the whole experience has been amazing. I would encourage anyone to enter competitions, the feedback I have received has just blown me away!”

Rachel McLean, Curriculum Manager for Salon Professionals at the Grimsby Institute, said: “We are extremely proud of Georgia, the standard of the competition was so high, and this is a fantastic achievement. She worked so hard and the technical skills she demonstrated were incredible. Her precision of application and finish make her a very worthy winner.” 


Grimsby Institute Awarded ‘Microsoft Showcase College’ Status For Fifth Consecutive Year

The Grimsby Institute is pleased to announce it has been recognised by Microsoft as one of their ‘Showcase Colleges’ for 2022/2023. The Microsoft Education Program is comprised of a select group of schools and colleges internationally who exemplify the best of teaching and learning in the world today. This marks the fifth consecutive year that Grimsby Institute has been selected by Microsoft to participate in this programme. 

Elaine Topham, Senior Learning Technologist at Grimsby Institute, said: “We’re delighted that Grimsby Institute has been accepted as a Microsoft Showcase College for the fifth year running; we feel that this recognises our commitment to digital transformation and ensuring every learner receives a first-class education during their time studying with us. 

“This achievement reflects the hard-work of every member of staff across the college. They all play a vital role in the application process each year: whether they’re a leader promoting digital innovation throughout the college, a teacher in the classroom trying out new technologies, or an administrator using Microsoft Teams to communicate and access collaborative documents – each of them plays an essential role in ensuring we remain a leading organisation for digital, both locally and internationally. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Microsoft going forwards and hope that we can remain in the programme for years to come.”

RES Invests In The Future With New Wind Turbine Apprentices

Seven apprentices have been selected from the Grimsby Institute to study on the first of its kind apprenticeship scheme, funded by RES.

RES, the world’s largest independent renewable energy company, has launched its’ first dedicated apprenticeship programme in the UK&I. The education of the next generation of renewable energy leaders continues to be a priority for the business as it expands its Operations and Maintenance (O&M) business.

Seven wind turbine technician apprentices aged from 16 to 26 will be taught in a classroom environment and on-site by a team of lecturers with specialist backgrounds in engineering and renewables. At the end of the three-year programme the apprentices will secure the qualification of Level 3 – Maintenance Operation Engineer Technician, setting them up for a successful career in the booming renewables industry.

Due to an increasing demand for wind turbine technicians RES has invested in the new apprentices to support their continued growth. Supplying skilled technicians for O&M contracts is vital for minimising delays and costs, whilst also maximising generation for clients.

Simon Deacon, Operations and Maintenance Director at RES, said: “Grimsby lies at the epicentre of offshore wind industry and with a critical mass of wind farms in the area the Grimsby Institute has developed state-of-the-art training facilities and has excellent teaching staff with direct industry experience.”

“That makes it the ideal location for RES to invest in the workforce of tomorrow. I wish the apprentices the best of luck with their studies and welcome them to an industry with endless opportunities, now and in the future.”

Grimsby is also the home to one of RES’ offices which will provide the apprentices with invaluable access to some of the sectors’ most technical and experienced operations and maintenance specialists.

Learners Celebrate GCSE Results Day at The Grimsby Institute

Learners at The Grimsby Institute received their GCSE English, Maths and Biology results today after working incredibly hard during the previous academic year. The English and Maths departments even origanised a small gathering for the learners to celebrate their time together. A number of learners, in particular, have achieved some excellent results today.

Mia Grace McCue has become a different person since coming to The Grimsby Institute. She said: “I’m so much more confident in myself and that’s all because of my tutors. I’ve received so much support from them, and it’s because of their patience and guidance that I passed today.”

Clare Wood decided to come back to education after starting a family and wanted to prove to herself that she could pass her GCSE’s. She said: “I’m over the moon. I passed my GCSE English during the re-sits in November and today I passed my GCSE Maths. I wanted to set an example for my children that education is important and to never give up, even when it’s difficult.”

Donna Underwood, Curriculum Manager for English, said: “Despite having a difficult time, our learners have made great progress this academic year and they have gained some fantastic results. We as a team are very proud of them.”

Students Celebrate A Level Results Day at Career 6

Students from Career 6 celebrated their A Level results today after working incredibly hard over the past two years; for many students, this was their first real experience of exams as their GCSE’s were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. A number of students in particular have achieved fantastic results today, with plans to progress on to university.

Jasmine Dann received an amazing A*, A, A and joined Career 6 after a poor experience at another college. She said: “I originally dropped out of college, but decided to give it another go and I’m so glad I did. Career 6 renewed my love of education and I got the support I needed to finish my A Levels. I’m going to take a gap year before going to university to study education.”

Amelia Banks has overcome a number of health issues to achieve an incredible A, B, B in her A Levels. She said: “I’ve met some amazing people through my course and made friends for life. I had so much support during my time at Career 6 and I couldn’t be happier with my results. I’m going to Lincoln University in September to study English Literature and Journalism.”

Tom Hughes, Head of Career 6, commented: “I am really proud of the students’ achievements this year. They have not had the most conventional of journeys to reach this point; so much of their usual college experience has been impacted by the pandemic – things that we take for granted in everyday life, yet despite this, they rose above it all, studied hard, attended all of their exams and have achieved these great results. They are the outcome of two years of really hard work through exceptional circumstances, and we are extremely proud of their achievements.

At Career 6, we have worked hard to develop pathways which offer BTEC and WJEC diplomas alongside A Levels to ensure our students leave us ready for higher education or employment. Our results in subjects such as Forensic and Criminal Investigation, Criminology and Applied Law are excellent, with a number of students achieving the maximum possible grade.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish them all the best for the future and I am sure whatever their chosen path they will go on to be extremely successful.”

If you are interested in studying at Career 6 this September, please visit or email [email protected]

Georgia Ware Gostelow

Grimsby Institute Hairdressing Apprentice, Georgia Ware-Gostelow, Reaches Final of Wella TrendVision Awards

Georgia Ware-Gostelow, a hairdressing apprentice at the Grimsby Institute, has qualified for the finals of the prestigious Wella TrendVision Awards. The Wella TrendVision Awards celebrate hairdressing that is inspirational, fashionable and consumer friendly. It showcases an array of exceptionally talented hairdressers in a variety of categories and Georgia is one of ten nominees in the Xposure UK & Ireland Category.

The finals will be held at the Wella World Studios on Sunday 2nd November where Georgia and her competitors will have three hours to complete their looks on their respective models. The awards ceremony will be held the following day on Monday 3rd October at Magazine in London, where students like Georgia will be able to network with industry professionals and hairdressing celebrities.

Georgia said: “I had a great time creating my look for the Wella TrendVision Finals. I loved the freedom of being able to create something unique and I’m absolutely blown away that I have made it to the final. I’m looking forward to going to London and getting to meet all the other finalists.”

Rachel McLean, Curriculum Manager for Salon Professionals, said: “I’m incredibly proud of Georgia and all the hard work she’s put in to reach the finals. It’s a huge achievement and we’re wishing her the best of luck as she represents the Grimsby Institute on the national stage.”

Emma Forrest-Leigh, Vice Principal of Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education, said: “I am thrilled about the news. The department, its students and its staff are the best in their field, they constantly impress us with their innovation, drive and dedication. They are a jewel in our crown, and I am very proud of them today and always.”

Ellie Daynes Presenting At Sustainability Challenge

Grimsby Institute Student, Ellie Daynes, Is A Finalist In The Waterline Student Sustainability Challenge

Grimsby Institute is pleased to announce that Ellie Daynes (one of our art learners) has reached the final of the Waterline Student Sustainability Challenge. Ellie entered the Arts & Creativity category and now finds herself in the final two. She recently presented her ideas to the judging panel in Hull, but will not know the outcome until October at the Summit Event. The Waterline Student Sustainability Challenge is open to students from the ages of 9 to 18 in the Humber region. It gives students the opportunity to make a positive impact on the environment around us by creating and developing their own solutions to the current problems we face.

Ellie has worked hard alongside other learners from several colleges across North East Lincolnshire. It is an amazing achievement, and we wish Ellie the best of luck with the final in October.

Ellie said: “My idea proposes an advert to show why you should wash with cold water in your washing machine rather than hot to save energy. It is aimed at adults, mostly parents, and is a simple fact that can reach a larger audience. It benefits the earth and the individual themselves. Presenting my idea went extremely well, everyone was welcoming and asked me some great questions, it was looked at thoroughly and thought about. I was extremely nervous at first however due to how nice everyone was I felt like I fit in and could confidently present my idea.”

Grimsby Institute Lecturer, Gillian Jackson, Wins Educator of the Year at The Professional Beauty Awards

Gillian Jackson, who is a programme leader for Hair & Beauty, has been recognised as one of the leading educators in the country by being announced as the ‘Educator of the Year’ at The Professional Beauty Awards, sponsored by iTEC and VTCT.

The Professional Beauty Awards are the most prestigious and established awards ceremony for the beauty, spa, nails and hair markets. They seek to recognise those who go above and beyond as beauty professionals and make a significant difference to the industry. The winners were announced at a glamourous black-tie dinner in London, earlier this month with Gillian receiving the award in front of leading industry professionals.

Gillian said: “I’m thrilled to receive this award and to have the opportunity to represent the Grimsby Institute in a national forum. It’s an honour to be recognised as a positive example for beauty therapy education. I hope this award inspires my learners to aim high and to set challenging goals for themselves. It’s exciting to think that it may open up more opportunities for them to pursue their dream careers.”

Eve Oxberry, Head of Editorial for Professional Beauty Magazine, said “being crowned as a winner at the Professional Beauty Awards is an accolade to be incredibly proud of. The judging process is one of the most rigorous in the industry, to ensure that every winner provides an outstanding customer experience. We are committed to raising standards within the beauty industry and would like to to thank all of the winners for showcasing what excellence looks like.”

Newcastle College Win Prestigious Title of UK Young Seafood Chef of the Year

Two talented young chefs from Newcastle College beat off stiff competition from eight college teams to win the much-coveted National Seafood Chef of the Year Competition on Friday the 10th June at the Grimsby Institute. The competition, which is sponsored by Young’s Seafood and is celebrating its 25th Anniversary year was delighted to have esteemed celebrity chefs Rick Stein, Mitch Tonks, Nathan Outlaw and Mark Hix heading up the judging panel.

Ben Jackson and Kian Marshall made up the winning team and impressed the judges with their menu of Smoked Haddock, Cullen Skink starter and Hake, Scallops, Asparagus, Jersey Royals and Dill main course.

Kian said: “We are so shocked; we can’t believe we have won. It’s been amazing to take part and to see everything finally come together. Competitions like this are important, they give so much experience and really help develop your skills.”

Ethan King and Hector Kilvington from Exeter College took second place, Mhamed Chemical and Oliver Becker from Westminster Kingsway College came third, and Zain Tahir and Claudiu Ziate from Birmingham College came fourth.

All of them winning a two-week work experience at one of the judges’ prestigious restaurants and the winning team taking home a host of prizes including a knife set, salmon knife, a signed cookbook from each chef and trophy.

The competition is renowned across the seafood industry for the experience it gives to participants; providing the young chefs, who compete with a platform to display their knowledge, skills and talent for preparing and cooking seafood from sustainable sources. It has continued to grow over the years, gaining support from a variety of industry partners and building a reputation for excellence. This year’s competition was sponsored by Young’s Seafood, Seafish, Pace, Oak Ridge Group, Rockfish, A Passion to Inspire, First Contact Chefs and the Good Fish Guide.

Paul Robinson, Associate Principal for Commercial Enterprise, said:

“The standard this year was the amazing, you could see the teams went that extra mile in their preparation for the final as the standard was exceptional. To have the top four seafood chefs in the UK visit us and on the judging panel made the 25th anniversary competition such a special occasion for all those involved. A huge congratulations to all the teams that took part and a big well done to Newcastle College on taking the title, their menu was excellent.

I would like to thank all our sponsors but particularly, Young’s Seafood, Seafish, Rockfish and Oakridge as without their continued support and dedication, the competition would not be where it is today.”

To find out more about the competition please visit

Skegness TEC Celebrates Learner Achievements at Annual Brilliance Awards Evening

Skegness TEC (part of the TEC Partnership) held their annual Brilliance Awards last night, their first in-person awards event since 2019. 

The Brilliance Awards is a celebration of all the learners’ successes over the academic year with awards being presented for each curriculum area, along with dedicated awards for Work Experience, Learner Journey, Community Engagement and Learner of the Year. It is a chance for learners and their families, along with tutors, support staff and local employers, to come together in celebration.  

Mayor of Skegness, Cllr Tony Tye, was in attendance and presented the Skegness TEC Learner of the Year award to deserving winner Caitlin Millson, Level 2 Plumbing learner. 

Pauline Simpson, Centre Manager of Skegness TEC, said, “the Brilliance Awards is a chance for our learners to celebrate their achievements and success. It’s a special evening to also recognise everyone who has supported our learners to reach their dreams and aspirations.”