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Student Owen Henley scoops top award

Winner: Former Runshaw College student Owen Henley

Winner: Former Runshaw College student Owen Henley

The Runshaw College scholar has been named North West regional winner for the VQ Learner of the Year Award 2014.

This is in recognition of his outstanding achievement while studying for a media production vocational qualification.

Owen gained his vocational qualification at the Leyland college in 2010 and gained work experience in the audio-visual industry.

He became a freelance camera assistant working with big names in media, including Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle.

Today, Owen is a member of the British Society of Cinematographers, working on series two of BBC’s Peaky Blinders, starring Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy.

He is now in the running for a chance of winning the prestigious VQ Learner of the Year Award for England, which celebrates the best vocational learners across the country.

Owen said: “I’m thrilled to have been named as the North West regional winner for the VQ Learner of the Year Award 2014.

“Completing a vocational qualification has given me the skills and drive to pursue my career and I’m delighted that this nomination has recognised my hard work.

“There are so many different training opportunities to choose from and I would highly recommend vocational learning.”

Owen will be invited to attend an awards ceremony in Westminster on June 3 and his award (sponsored by OCR) will be presented to him by Matthew Hancock MP, Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise.

The overall winner for England – VQ Learner of the Year - will also be announced at this event.

VQ Day is an annual event led by independent education charity, the Edge Foundation.

 

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