Nescot students honoured at apprenticeship awards

Oct 06, 2016

Nescot students honoured at apprenticeship awards

Two Nescot students won awards on Wednesday (September 28) at an event designed to honour Surrey apprentices working in science, technology, engineering and maths.

IT apprentice Matthew Thomas won the John Coleman trophy award for outstanding individual achievement, while Carpentry student Ryan Osborne won the Wates cup for progression.

The pair were among four Nescot students nominated at SATRO’s annual STEMX Awards, which were held this year at the WWF Living Planet Centre in Woking.

Students from Nescot’s Foundation Learning department provided catering, while the college was praised for its support for apprentices and employer engagement.

“We’re really proud of Matthew and Ryan for their brilliant achievements – they’ve worked really hard and deserve this success,” said Nescot Principal Cliff Hall.

“Awards like these are also really important in showcasing what apprenticeships are, and why they are such an excellent option for so many young people and their employers.”

Matthew has also won a place in the UK Squad for the international WorldSkills competition, taking place in Abu Dhabi next year.

Matthew is currently training alongside fellow Nescot apprentice Shane Carpenter, with the pair both hoping to become the sole IT representative for Team GB.

Next month Nescot is taking 16 students to the WorldSkills UK finals at The NEC in Birmingham, including two five-strong teams from Creative Media, four Computing students and two Hair and Beauty students.

An apprentice enables anyone aged 16 and over to learn a profession by combining knowledge and skills in the classroom with practical skills gained at work.

SATRO is a non-for-profit social enterprise aimed at helping inspire and motivate young people in their future careers.

The STEMX awards, which were launched in 2000 as the Apprenticeship and Scholars Awards, are aimed at showcasing the achievements of young people trying to forge a career in STEM industries, as well as the organisations that support them.

Nescot students have a proud history at the awards. Last year Carpentry apprentice Daniel Smith won the award for personal endeavour, and in 2014 Plumbing apprentice Nathan Goodson-Watts won the Wates cup, making it the fifth consecutive year that trophy had been won by a Nescot student.

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