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Posted: 12/06/13

Construction students applauded for their dedication

Almost fifty students on construction-related courses at West Nottinghamshire College have been congratulated for their successes and achievements over the past year.

A special awards ceremony was held at the college's Construction and Logistics Skills Academy in Kirkby-in-Ashfield last night (11 June).

It saw head of construction and building services Julian Walden handing out certificates to students who have all achieved excellence on their courses, or overcome adversity to be successful in their vocational areas.

The learners study a range of full and part-time courses including brickwork, carpentry and joinery, painting and decorating, plumbing, plastering, electrical and professional studies.

Guest of honour at the event was Livia Williams, finance director at J Wright Roofing Ltd. Livia presented the award for endeavour to nineteen-year-old Rebecca Wheatcroft who is studying on the City & Guilds 2365 Electrical programme.

Rebecca, from Sutton-in-Ashfield, was nominated for the award for her enthusiasm with her studies and her kindness in mentoring other students, often coming into college on her days off.

She has the responsibility of raising a young child alone and tutors have praised her for her mature outlook and dedication to her studies while juggling a busy home life, always with a smile.

Julian Walden said: “It was an honour to welcome friends and families of our students to the celebration event to show them how proud we are of our students. This annual event is a fitting way to show students that their hard work doesn’t go unnoticed and that their achievements are duly recognised.

“We were able to wish our students who are leaving college all the best in their chosen careers in the industry and encourage those who are returning next year to study to maintain their high standards and dedication.”

Student of the year awards went to Tyler Keightley in brickwork, Tom Monk in carpentry and joinery, Rachael Guise-Mien in painting and decorating, Les Speller in electrical, Ben Drabble in Plumbing, Ian Swift in the built environment and the British Gypsum Learner of the Year award went to plastering student David Elliott.

The evening’s awards were sponsored by a range of industry specialists including: The Federation of Master Builders sponsored by John A Stephens Ltd, Juice Electrical Supplies Ltd and British Gypsum Ltd.