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Eastleigh College Student wins prestigious, City and Guilds Medal for Excellence

Floristry student Rebecca Gillett has been awarded the renowned City and Guilds Medal for Excellence, making her one of sixty-one winners worldwide. Rebecca was recently presented her award by Councillor Bruce Tennent, The Mayor of Eastleigh, at the College’s Annual Awards Ceremony.

Rebecca was thrilled. She commented:

“It’s an exceptional feeling and an amazing achievement to win this medal. I am so pleased!”

Rebecca was nominated for the medal by her tutor, and as she was successful in meeting criteria such as ‘outstanding knowledge’, ‘highly developed skills’ and ‘versatility and adaptability’ in Floristry, she achieved the prestigious award.

Unfortunately, as Rebecca’s sister Sarah Pretty passed away during her time on the course, the award holds a personal meaning for Rebecca. She explained:

“Receiving this award, despite personal circumstances that happened during my time on the course, has made the achievement even more special for me. I would like to dedicate the award in memory of my sister.”

Rebecca has continued to build on the skills she learnt on the course, by further experimenting and gaining experience as a Florist in her spare time. When reflecting on the course Rebecca explained:

“The support I received from my tutor was fantastic and I am really pleased my hard work has been acknowledged. I have learned so much through the course and it is a brilliant foundation from which I hope to grow.”