Emma's Burning Ambition

Hospitality & Catering student Emma Dove’s hard work has been recognised at a recent Students’ Award ceremony.

Emma, aged 28, and mother of two from Peterlee, is a full-time student at East Durham College enrolled on a Level 3 Diploma in Hospitality, Supervision and Leadership.

Emma was delighted to win the award and explained: “I had planned to enrol on a catering course after I left school but fell pregnant with my son Damian-Allan-Wright who is now 8. Once my second child Savannah-Leigh-Wright was old enough, now aged 6, I decided to get back into education.

“After I have completed my qualifications on the hospitality side, I plan to start on a professional cookery course at the College in September. This will then give me both sides of the catering and hospitality skills I will need if I’m to achieve my ambition of running my own B&B, with the ultimate aim being to run a chain of B&Bs.”

Tony Kelly, Curriculum Leader for Hospitality & Catering at the College, remarked: “The whole catering teaching team are really impressed with Emma’s efforts and how well she is doing while having to work around her family commitments and responsibilities.

“Emma is here come rain or shine and put’s in loads of extra hours helping the team at various events. She also plays a vital role in helping to motivate and support other younger students and is a real example to others. Well done.”

At the short prize giving ceremony Fred Harrison, Assistant Principal, added: “These awards are not just about recognising academic excellence but also about celebrating student endeavour and commitment, whether that’s a student helping or inspiring others or simply working as hard as they can. All these students are shining examples of that.”