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BUILDING Craft and Building Services students from Cornwall College St Austell were rewarded for their hard work and determination this week (25th June), when staff hosted a special prize-giving ceremony in the College's Keay Theatre.
Prestigious awards were presented by Debbie Wilshire, Head of Cornwall College St Austell and local employers who support the College, to those students who have completed their course and demonstrated exceptional diligence and success.
Apart from the traditional trophies, students who won special awards also walked away with cordless drills, toolkits, toolbelts, vouchers, tube cutters, screwdriver sets and much more, courtesy of the evening’s sponsors: The Carlyon Bay Development, Cornwall College Business, Denmans Electrical Wholesalers Ltd, Plumbase, Plumbing Trade Supplies, Bradfords Building Supplies Ltd, Cornish Industrial Supplies, Cornish Lime Company, Construction Skills, Cromwell, Gilbert & Goode Ltd, Velux and Walter Bailey Par Ltd.
Winner of the Building Services Student of the Year and the Best Plumbing Level 2 Apprentice sponsored by Plumbase was Rob Figures. Presented with a trophy and a tube cutter, Rob’s tutor said: “Having consistently worked extremely hard throughout the year and overcoming hurdles along the way, Rob is very deserving of this award. He has shown great discipline and determination and even completed his work two weeks before the finish date; I am confident in the knowledge that he will go on to develop a very successful career in the plumbing industry.”
This year over 290 students from areas such as St Austell, Bodmin, Newquay, Wadebridge, Truro and Launceston, have completed a variety of Roofing, Multi-Craft, Wood, Trowel Occupations, Electrical, Plumbing, Construction Technician and Sustainable Technologies courses at the College; either full-time, part-time or as an apprentice.
Parents, friends, employers and college lecturers were present at the event, which also included a closing speech from St Austell Town Mayor, Councillor John Keast.
During the evening 20 different awards were given out, including Best Electrical L2 Apprentice – Chris Lawrance, Best Full-Time Plumbing Student – Matthew Baker, Best Trowel L3 Apprentice – Wayne Barrett, Best Full-Time Wood Occupations Student – Luke Jeffery and Best Roofing L2 Apprentice – Nathan Shaw, who recently won the SkillBuild Roofing competition hosted by the College.
The Mayor, Councillor John Keast, was thrilled to have been asked to attend the evening and commented: “Well done to all the students and to the staff that have supported the students on their journey through their education so far. This has been a well-deserved and well organised evening in celebration of their success.”
“The evening was a great success,” said Dave Linnell, Principal of Cornwall College. “We feel it is important to honour our students on their efforts and achievements and I would like to congratulate them and our staff, as their hard work and enthusiasm really does make a difference.
“At Cornwall College St Austell the continued support of all our sponsors and local employers is paramount. Their involvement with the courses and the students’ development ensures that we are delivering training that is both relevant and in demand by employers.”
Other winners of the evening included:
Best Multi-Craft Level 1 Student – Paddy Hart
Best Wood Level 2 Apprentice - Bobby Brown
Best Wood Level 3 Apprentice- James Penfold
Best Basic Construction Skills Level 1 Student – Ed Jay
Best Full-Time Trowel Occupations Student – Lee Phillimore
Best Trowel Level 2 Apprentice – Matt Stern
Best Plumbing Level 2 Apprentice – Rob Figures
Best Full-Time Electrical Student – Adam White
Best Electrical Level 3 Apprentice – James Dawe
Best Full-Time Level 3 Construction Diploma Student – Dilyan Dimitrov
Best Day Release Level 3 Construction Diploma Student – John Kelly
Most Promising Progression Construction Learner – Marcus Rescorle
Skills for Life Learner of the Year – Liam Vincent
Building Crafts Student of the Year – Nathan Shaw
Building Services Student of the Year – Rob Figures
Cornwall College St Austell offers a wide range of Building Crafts, Building Services and Sustainable Technology courses. For further information about any of these courses, please call 0845 22 32 567 or visit www.cornwall.ac.uk.