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Listed below are a selection of awards and accomplishments achieved by The Sheffield College in recent years.



  • College of Sanctuary status awarded to The Sheffield College
  • Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees competitions
  • National Centre for Diversity FREDIE Awards – Chief Executive’s Special Award
  • National Centre for Diversity Top 100 Most Inclusive Workplaces 2022 (sixth)
  • Craft Guilds of Chefs Awards – Chef Lecturer Award finalist
  • AoC Beacon Awards runner-up in The National Centre for Diversity Award for Inclusive Learning Leadership category
  • AoC Beacon Awards runner-up in The RCU Award for Support for Students category
  • Nestlé Toque d’Or Grand Final shortlisting
  • Zest Quest Asia 2022 winners
  • Educate North Awards - winner of the Employer Engagement FE/HE sector award
  • Educate North Awards - commended in the innovation and social mobility categories
  • Zest Quest Asia – winner
  • Zest Quest Asia Tilda Challenge 2022 – winner
  • Awarded Google Reference College
  • AoC Beacon finalists - National Centre for Diversity Award for Inclusive Learning Leadership and the RCU Award for Support for Students categories


  • Pearson’s BTEC Awards – BTEC College of the Year 2021 category bronze award
  • Leaders in Diversity Award – from the National Centre for Diversity
  • National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) Awards: winner of the Widening Access to Higher Education category
  • Edufuturists Awards – winner of the Employer Engagement category
  • Queer Students Awards – joint winner of the Role Model of the Year category
  • The National Centre for Diversity’s Top 100 Most Inclusive Workplaces Index 2021
  • The National Centre for Diversity’s FREDIE Awards 2021 - shortlisted for the FREDIE Lead of the Year and the Most Improved Organisation of the Year categories
  • Recognition in the EdTech50
  • Zest Quest Asia Tilda Challenge 2021 – winner
  • Nestlé Toque d’Or National Heats – winner of the Front of House category
  • Nestlé Toque d’Or Grand Finals – finalist in the Front of House category
  • Salon Culinaire Salon Skills Competition – three gold medals and one silver, one bronze
  • The Evening Standard Future Theatre Fund – winner of the TikTok Break-out Award
  • WorldSkills UK National Finals (Health and Social Care) - Bronze


AOC Beacon Awards

The Sheffield College is finalist in the Careers and Enterprise Company Award for Innovation in Careers and Enterprise category at the 2020 Association of Colleges’ (AoC) Beacon Awards. The award celebrates outstanding examples of careers education and guidance.

Celebrating the best and most innovative practice among UK further education colleges each year, the College has been recognised as a Beacon commended college in two of the awards categories - the Careers and Enterprise Company Award for Innovation in Careers and Enterprise, and the City and Guild Award for College Engagement with Employers - for reaching AoC Beacon Standard.

Quality in Careers Standard

The Sheffield College has achieved a national quality mark for the careers education, information, advice and guidance provided to its students.

The College has been awarded the Quality in Careers Standard for demonstrating a consistently high standard of practice.

Investors in Diversity Award

The Sheffield College has achieved national recognition for demonstrating its commitment to equality and diversity.

The Investors in Diversity Award, from the National Centre for Diversity, demonstrates that the values of fairness, respect, equality, diversity, inclusion and engagement are at the centre of decision-making in the workplace.

Talented student nets national basketball award

A Sheffield College student has won a prestigious national basketball award.

Abbey Whitehouse, 16, won the Most Valuable Player Award from Basketball England in the Women’s Elite Basketball League.

Inspiring teacher awarded prestigious national accolade

An inspiring Sheffield College teacher won a prestigious Technical Teaching Fellowship award. Nick Hart was awarded a Fellowship from the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) in partnership with the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.

Fellowships are given to outstanding practitioners who are recognised for their high impact teaching practice and the delivery of effective outcomes for learners.

Nick is a Learning and Development Coach for Engineering and Construction at The Sheffield College, and was one of four individuals nationally awarded the fellowship.

Trainee chefs compete in Zest Quest Asia final

Talented Sheffield College catering students won a place in the national finals of a prestigious competition backed by one of the country’s top chefs.

Three of the College’s trainee chefs Connor Johnson, Oliver Herrington and Ben Addy, all aged 18, competed in Zest Quest Asia.

Ambitious apprentice in the Make UK Manufacturing Awards shortlist

A business administration apprentice has been shortlisted in the Make UK Manufacturing Awards. Estelle Smith is based at leading Sheffield manufacturer Gripple where she is completing a four-year apprenticeship programme.

Estelle, aged 21, was one of the finalists from the North East, Yorkshire and Humber region of the Business Apprentice of the Year: Final Year category. The award recognises apprentices’ significant contribution to supporting the business activities of their employers.

Inspiring journalism lecturer honoured in news media industry awards

A Sheffield College lecturer has been honoured for inspiring the next generation of public interest journalists through his teaching.

Sam Cooper is one of 17 journalism educators nominated by their peers, students and alumni to be included in the Public Interest News List from Behind Local News.

Backed by the National Council for the Training of Journalists, News Media Association and Society of Editors, the list showcases who has really made an impact in the industry by underpinning democracy and holding power to account.

Other awards in 2020 include:

  • AoC Beacon Awards - finalist for Outstanding Careers Education and Guidance
  • AoC Beacon Commended College – for Innovation in Careers and Enterprise and Engagement with Employers
  • Sheffield Park Hill Student Photography Competition – joint second place.
  • UK Business Hero by the British Chambers of Commerce – for the College’s response during the coronavirus pandemic
  • British Florist Association’s Education Awards 2020 – winner for achieving the highest theory marks in the Higher Diploma in Professional Floristry at Level 4
  • Student Watercress Challenge 2020 – winner
  • Investors in Diversity Award


Disability Confident Leader

The Sheffield College has achieved the highest level of a national award scheme, demonstrating its commitment to supporting staff with a disability.

The college has been awarded the Disability Confident Leader Level 3 status by the Department of Work and Pensions. This is the highest level of the government’s Disability Confident Leader scheme and the College is believed to be the third employer in Sheffield to achieve it.

AoC Sport Awards

An inspirational Sheffield College student has been recognised in a national competition for his contribution to sport and volunteering. Tesfahun Awoke was a runner-up in the Association of Colleges (AoC) Sport Awards 2019 in the Inspirational Student Volunteer of the Year category.

Tesfahun has completed around 400 hours of volunteering at the College. He is also supporting his local community by being a mentor in the Big Brother Burngreave project.

Trainee bakers scoop ABST competition medal haul

Sheffield College baking students scooped a haul of awards in a national industry competition.

The college’s trainee bakers won nine gold, three silver and four bronze awards in the annual Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees (ABST) 2019 competitions.

Educate North Awards

The Sheffield College was shortlisted in the Educate North Awards.

The awards celebrate, recognise and share best practice and excellence in the further and higher education sector in the North. The college was a finalist in the Employer Engagement Award category.

Curtis Packaging Centre of Excellence double first prizes

Talented graphic design students won two prestigious industry awards.

Two UAL Extended Diploma in Graphic Design students won both of the first prizes in this year’s Curtis Packaging Centre of Excellence design competition. Charlie Congreve, 17, won the packaging construction award category. Jonah Jerrison-Cater, 17, won the graphic design award category

Salon Culinaire medal wins

Sheffield College catering staff and students won a medal haul at one of the country’s largest food service and hospitality events.

Two staff and four students won two gold, one silver and three bronze medals in the Salon Culinaire in Birmingham. The annual event attracts scores of competitors from the industry as well as colleges and universities and aims to showcase the skills and talent within the sector.


  • Annual Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees competition wins.
  • British Florist Association Industry Awards Floristry Tutor of the Year finalist
  • British Florist Association Industry Awards Floristry Training Provider of the Year finalist
  • Craft Guild of Chefs Awards, Chef Lecturer of the Year finalist
  • Design Museum Students Awards – double winners
  • Yorkshire Accountancy Awards Trainee of the Year finalist
  • Zest Quest Asia finalists


  • Health worker wins WorldSkills UK Bronze Award
  • College Marketing Network’s FE First Awards - Silver
  • WorldSkills UK floristry national finalist
  • UK Young Restaurant Team of the Year (Winners)
  • Salon Culinaire awards wins
  • Association of Colleges Yorkshire and Humber Student Enterprise award


  • Gold Level Work Experience Quality Standard
  • Young Pastry Chef Of The Year
  • Cheese Grater Inspired Award Winning Design
  • Degree Student Wins Coveted D&AD New Blood Award
  • Finn Crisp Challenge Winner
  • WorldSkills Selection For Health and Social Care Students
  • College Training Restaurant Awarded AA Rosette
  • Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or Finalists
  • Hospitality Guild Recognises Centres of Excellence
  • Cateys Awards
  • Forgotten Spaces Young Creatives Competition
  • Journalism Student Wins National Industry Award
  • Airline Masterclass Winners