Student on a work skills course discovers talent for textile design

PROUD Course teachers Emma Tincombe and Karen Nadolski, Gold Medal Winner Laura Sanders, 20, and acting principal John Manterfield of South Downs College
PROUD Course teachers Emma Tincombe and Karen Nadolski, Gold Medal Winner Laura Sanders, 20, and acting principal John Manterfield of South Downs College

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A CREATIVE college student has won the highest accolade for a special course designed to sharpen her skills for the workplace.

Laura Sanders, who is at South Downs College, was awarded a gold medal for artwork produced for the City and Guilds award in employability and personal development.

The 20-year-old, who was given office training and tips on preparing for job interviews during the four-week course, opted for a specialised unit in fashion and textiles – and shone.

Her original purple and green pattern wowed examiners who remarked it was of a much higher standard than would be expected of someone at her level.

Laura said: ‘I was shocked when the college contacted me to say that I had won the award.

‘I really enjoyed the course and am looking forward to developing my skills further.’

As a result of her success, Laura has gained a place on a year-long arts access course at the University of Chichester. She hopes she will then study graphic design at Brighton University.

Martin Snelling, head of curriculum for art and design at South Downs, said: ‘Laura showed exceptional ability in designing for print and demonstrated her natural talent for design.

‘We are delighted she has received this award.’

The City and Guilds course is an initiative run with the job centre in Havant to develop people’s skills for employment.