Top construction students recognised at annual awards

Published on 07/06/2019 by nmoo

The top-performing students on construction industry courses at Blackpool and The Fylde College have been recognised for their exceptional efforts at a prize presentation at the end of last month.

Prizes went to 30 students who are being trained in a range of skills from carpentry, electrical, plastering and plumbing to brickwork, painting and decorating or are studying for professional construction industry qualifications.

The top award of ‘Most Outstanding Student of the Year’ went to 16-year-old Shade Egerton from South Shore, Blackpool. She is on a Level 1 course in carpentry and joinery as well as studying for GCSE qualifications in Maths and English.

Ian Hirstwood, Programme Leader in Joinery, described Shade as “a determined student who always works to the best of her ability and never shies away from any project”. He added that female students are always slightly outnumbered in the building trade and that it is fantastic to see a student like Shade embrace all that the course has to offer and lead the way for future generations by showing such an excellent attitude to learning.

Shade says that she enjoys working in a practical field whilst at the same time improving her academic qualifications. “I’ve never done anything like this before and I’ve particularly enjoyed the work experience week that the college arranged for me. Now I’m fired up to go on and work towards a Level 2 qualification!”

Ruth Peri, Head of Curriculum – Construction, at B&FC was full of praise for the exceptional efforts of all the students who have been working towards construction related skills and qualifications.

“All of the team in Construction are really proud of the students that we have been teaching this year and the progress they’ve made on their journey into work in the building trade,” she said.