College celebrates century of service

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One hundred years of dedicated combined service at West Notts College was applauded among employees at a recent event.

The century of service was racked-up by four members of staff who all began working for the college back in 1992.

Principal and chief executive Dame Asha Khemka hosted this year’s long service awards event, paying tribute to the foursome’s hard work, experience and achievements, before hosting a celebration meal for them at the college’s Refined fine dining restaurant.

Steve Gathercole, Gavin Peake, Susan Spybey and Harvinder Atwal joined colleagues and family members to share the celebration.

Steve, who is the curriculum manager for music and media, joined the college as a lecturer in graphic design after working at Sheffield’s Parkwood College as a graphics lecturer.

Harvinder began her career at West Notts at the Chesterfield Road campus as a receptionist and has worked her way to becoming the director of the college’s award-winning business arm bksb.

Learning resources assistant Susan joined the college in the same month as colleague Harvinder, also as a receptionist. She is now part of the learning resources team and completed her library and information services qualification in 2009.

Finally, director of IT and learning resources Gavin was applauded for his hard work and progression through the many IT changes that the college has seen.

Dame Asha said: “To have members of staff enjoying their careers and seeing such success fills me with immense pride and pleasure. I have enjoyed finding out more about each of our long-serving members’ careers and how they’ve developed as professionals and how they’ve helped to shape and change our students’ lives over three decades.

“I was honoured to be able to thank them and show my appreciation for their commitment, and I’m delighted that they’re both happy and proud in their jobs and I hope they go on to make many more happy memories at the college.”

Also reaching their 25-year milestones were sites and transport manager Robert Wilton and network engineer Andrew Fletcher, who were unavailable to join the celebrations.