Stoke-on-Trent College student Kerri Ford is on top of the world after excelling in an internationally renowned training programme.
Environmental Health Officer Kerri outstripped around 1,000 students to be crowned as the top performing candidate for the NEBOSH National Diploma (unit B) during 2010/11.
Kerri, who works for Stoke-on-Trent City Council, completed the NEBOSH course on a day release programme.
NEBOSH is the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health and attracts candidates form over 400 courses in 80 countries around the world.
Kerri, of Newcastle-under-Lyme, said: “The course was very satisfying but I was very pleasantly surprised to come out on top.
“I want to thank the lecturers at Stoke-on-Trent College, in particular Bob Bowman, for running an excellent course and also my managers in Public Protection at Stoke-on-Trent City Council for their support.“
Andy Greenhough, Director of Enterprise and Employer Engagement at Stoke on Trent College said: “It is a fantastic achievement and we are delighted for Kerri as she has worked extremely hard.
“NEBOSH qualifications are extremely important in the health and safety world and Kerri would have been competing against around 1,000 students internationally.”
Kerri was invited as a VIP guest to the NEBOSH Graduation and Awards Ceremony at the University of Warwick where she was presented with a Best Candidate award of a silver engraved plate.
Stoke-on-Trent College is accredited by NEBOSH to deliver courses. Candidates are generally staff working internally in health and safety within industry or environmental health staff with local authorities.