AoC Future Stars

AoC Future Stars Programme 2016

The AoC Gold Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of successful and influential people who have attended further education and sixth form colleges.  The aim is to highlight the breadth and depth of talent among further education alumni and to acknowledge the impact that colleges have on the lives and careers of their students.

As well as honouring college alumni, each nominating college of a Gold Award winner is asked to nominate a Future Star.  These are current students who have similar career aspirations as the winner.  The Future Stars are invited along to the Gold Awards presentation and have a chance to meet their winner to find out what it takes to carve out a career and how the college can help achieve that success.

Future Stars Grants

As part of the Future Stars Programme, each nominated student is invited to apply for a grant from the AoC Charitable Trust to enable them to participate in an activity which would support their career aspirations, enhance their employability and would provide them with an experience which would be over and above what they might expect to receive as part of their course.

Learn more about how you can help raise valuable funds to support FE's outstanding young talent and how the grants are already having a positive impact on the lives of FE students.

  • Future Star Michael Costello in front of Gold Award winner John Boyega's display

    Selected by South Thames College

    Michael Costello

    Future Star to Gold Award Winner John Boyega, Actor

    Michael is studying for his UAL Level 3 Diploma in Performing and Production Arts.  Like his Gold Award Winner, John Boyega, Michael would like to have a successful career as an actor and performer after pursuing further professional training.  

    Michael is very committed to acheiving his ambitions and his teachers have noted this, saying that he "has shown considerable talent as both a singer and an actor and his musical theatre performances regularly captivate audiences."  

    Read about South Thames College's 2016 Gold Award winner John Boyega.

    Future Star Michael Costello in front of a display about Gold Award winner John Boyega, at the House of Commons.
    Future Star Michael Costello in front of a display about Gold Award winner John Boyega, at the House of Commons.

  • Future Star Deen Goss meets his Gold Award winner Jamal Edwards, at the House of Commons.

    Selected by Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College

    Deen Goss

    Future Star to Gold Award Winner Jamal Edwards, Digital Entrepreneur

    Deen is studying Level 3 Creative Media.  Once he hass completed his course, Denn would like to go to university or become an apprentice to a production company, with a view to eventually having his own entertainment production company.  

    His college describes Deen as a "fantastic student" and Deen himself states that his hard work stems from his Gold Award winner, Jamal Edwards, MBE.

    Read about Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College's 2016 Gold Award winner Jamal Edwards.

     

    Future Star Deen Goss meets his Gold Award winner Jamal Edwards, at the House of Commons.

  • Future Star 2016 Lotte Gleeson

    Selected by Nelson and Colne College

    Lotte Gleeson

    Future Star to Gold Award Winner John Spencer, Astronomer and NASA Scientist

    Lotte is completing A Levels in Physics, Maths, Chemistry and Further Maths and has a conditional offer to read Physics at New College, Oxford.  John Spencer, her Gold Award winner, has given her the confidence that she too can be a success at Oxbridge.

    Read about Nelson and Colne College's AoC Gold Award winner John Spencer.

     

    Gold Award Winner John Spencer with Future Star Lotte Gleeson at the House of Commons presentation ceremony.
    Gold Award winner John Spencer with Future Star Lotte Gleeson at the House of Commons presentation ceremony.

  • Future Star 2016 Nic Hardstaff

    Selected by City Lit

    Nic Hardstaff

    Future Star to Gold Award Winner Malorie Blackman, Author and Children's Laureate from 2013-15

    Nic's committment to pursuing a career as a writer is evident from his dedication to his craft, as inspired by his Gold Award winner, Malorie Blackman OBE.  He has, therefore, been selected to receive one of three AoC Future Stars grants worth £1,000.

    Read Nic's story and learn more about how the grant will make a difference to his life.

  • Future Star 2016 Martyna Przybycien

    Selected by City and Islington College

    Martyna Przybycien

    Future Star to Gold Award Winner Reggie Yates, TV Presenter, DJ and Actor

    Martyna is studying A Levels in Media Studies, Geography and Photography.  She credits Reggie Yates, her Gold Award winner, as inspiring her by his approach to difficult subjects in his recent documentary series and the overall evolution of his career.  

    After college, Martyna will be studying Media and Communications at Brunel University, where she intends to learn more about documentary film-making.

    Future Star 2016 Martyna Przybycien with Gold Award winner, Reggie Yates, at the House of Commons presentation ceremony.
    Future Star 2016 Martyna Przybycien with Gold Award winner, Reggie Yates, at the House of Commons award ceremony.

  • Future Star 2016 Cherry Watters with Gold Award winner Charleine Wain

    Selected by City College Plymouth

    Cherry Watters

    Future Star to Gold Award Winner Charleine Wain, Entrepreneur

    Cherry is studying for a Diploma in Hairdressing for Cutting and Styling Technicians.  She would like to follow in the footsteps of her Gold Award winner, Charleine Wain, by becoming a successful salon owner.  

    Her college describes Cherry as having "a bright future ahead of her and [being] a great advocate for her course, her college and the FE sector."

    Read about City College Plymouth's 2016 Gold Award winner Charleine Wain.

     

    Future Star 2016 Cherry Watters with Gold Award winner Charleine Wain
    Gold Award winner Charleine Wain and Future Star 2016 Cherry Watters on the terrace at the House of Commons award ceremony.