The hard work of Nescot apprenticeship students was recognised at the SATRO awards ceremony on Tuesday 11th September 2012, at County Hall in Kingston-upon-Thames. The awards are now in their 11th year and the annual event celebrates the skills and talent of young students across the Surrey region.
Nescot apprentice Joe Waldman, who works at Fine Cut Carpentry, won the John Coleman Trophy for Overall Apprenticeship Winner 2012. This is the third year that a Nescot apprentice has won the top prize at the SATRO awards, reflecting the high quality of Nescot’s students and apprenticeship programmes.
Another winner was Jason Garner who was awarded the Wates Cup for his hard work and enthusiasm throughout his Nescot carpentry and joinery course. Jason is now looking forward to entering the construction trade and would like to become a shop or kitchen fitter in the future.
Students were supported by family, sponsors and employers on the night, and trophies, certificates and cash prizes were presented by Dame Sarah Goad, DCVO, JP, Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, and Mr Paul Coleman, DL, Coleman Charitable Trust.
Paying tribute to all of the nominated students, the Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey said, “Britain needs more scientists and engineers in order to compete in the global economy. According to the CBI we need to double the number of qualified scientists and engineers in Britain to meet the expanding needs of industry. Innovative schemes like ours in Surrey go a long way in helping to meet this need”. She also added, “By providing extra cash for students to pursue their interests and enable them to gain real experience of working with world-wide companies, helps enrich the students’ university experiences and makes them more rounded individuals”.
Dr Beccy Bowden, CEO, SATRO, said “The students receiving these awards are a fantastic example of what our young people can achieve and we should all be extremely proud of them. I’m delighted that in times of high youth unemployment SATRO is able to help these young people on their way to a successful career”.