Building Services Awards night
West Herts College hosted their annual Building Services Awards night at their brand new Hemel Hempstead campus.
Students, families, tutors and local employers were all in attendance to celebrate a successful academic year for a number of Building Services students.
The awards evening was sponsored by local business such as Jewson and Osborne who have teamed up with West Herts College to provide work placements for students.
Hannah Bailey, Community Investment Coordinator at Osborne, said: “The partnership with West Herts College has been incredibly beneficial. With our industry facing a huge skills shortage, it is essential that we work with schools and colleges to best prepare and engage with our future workforce.
“It was great to see the passion of the team who put so much work into creating a positive and progressive learning environment for their students.”
Michael Williams, the Jewson Watford Branch Manager, said: “The partnership between ourselves and West Herts College is massive. We offer work experience placements for students so the College are getting a bit back from us and it’s a win win for both parties. After working with the students on their placements, I was taken aback about by how keen and enthusiastic the students were. It’s great to see to them really wanting to progress in their careers and put themselves forward.”
Each award winner was handed a certificate and trophy to signify their success. The award winners were:
- Levi Pierre - Jewson Level 1 Award for Best Student
- Antony Jack Dorey - Jewson Level 1 Award for Dedication and Commitment
- Ryan Gayle-Bouch – Jewson Level 2 Award for Dedication and Commitment
- Isla Barnard - Jewson Level 2 Award for Best Student
- Martin McDonagh - Jewson Award for Outstanding Participation in GAP Adventures
- Owen Hedger - Osborne Award for Outstanding Participation in GAP Adventures
- Chris Bond - Jewson Award for Best Building Services Apprentice
- Marcus Warren - British Gypsum award for Most Improved Plastering Apprentice
- Harrison Taylor - British Gypsum award for Best Plastering Apprentice
Isla Barnard said: “I’m so proud of myself and shocked how far I've come since starting Level 1 Bricklaying. I’m hoping to study Level 3 Civil Engineering next year and then hopefully an apprenticeship after that.”
Martin McDonagh said: “I’m happy and proud to receive this award. I’m keen to progress with my work placement with Jewsons. It’s great work experience working around stores, improving my communication skills and social skills.”
The awards evening was organised by Head of Building Services, Glenn Roger, who was delighted to bring everyone together to celebrate student success.
He said: “I thought the awards evening was a great occasion. It was certainly wonderful to see so many people, employers, parents, West Herts College staff and of course students and apprentices come together to celebrate learning achievement. For many school of Building Services students, the recognition they receive through West Herts College, is the first time they have ever been recognised for their efforts and talents and this helps to build self-esteem and motivation and helps individuals to standout when looking for employment.”
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