‘Outstanding’ West Suffolk College construction students are rewarded

The West Suffolk College students with their Ridgeons Construction Awards, given for their outstanding work ANL-150515-120705001
The West Suffolk College students with their Ridgeons Construction Awards, given for their outstanding work ANL-150515-120705001

The Ridgeons Construction Awards recently took place at West Suffolk College’s Milburn Centre to honour all the best construction students on each course.

The awards were sponsored by timber and builders’ merchants Ridgeons and were presented by their vice chairman, Johnny Sam, and introduced by West Suffolk College’s Deputy Principal, David Howells.

Twelve students received awards for outstanding work and all received a selection of tools to help them with their studies which were provided by Ridgeons.

David Howells said: “We work extremely closely with Ridgeons and are delighted that they have sponsored these awards.

“Our students have produced a very high standard of work this year and all the winners should be very proud of their awards.

“Construction is a buoyant industry at the moment and there is a recognised skills shortage in the industry which our students will be able to fill in the future.

“It is an excellent time to be learning a trade and there are very good job prospects for anyone who succeeds on our courses.”

The Overall Achiever Student of the Year award went to student Stephanie Roebuck, who is taking the full time Level 2 diploma in Painting and Decorating.

Stephanie said: “My time at College has been amazing, I have really enjoyed everything I have done.

“The tutors have been really helpful and have helped me develop in my trade.

“I am finishing this year and going on to start my own business in painting and decorating, and the skills I have learnt at the College will really help me.”

Johnnie Sam, vice chairman of Ridgeons, was joined by his colleagues Stuart Harvey and Dan Austin for the ceremony.

He said: “I am really delighted to be here again this year to recognise the students achievements.

“I have been here a number of years presenting these awards and it is great to be sharing this with you all again.

“Construction is a buoyant industry at the present time, there is the demand for jobs for young people entering the industry.

“Ridgeon’s is delighted to work in partnership with the College on a number of different projects including this awards ceremony.

“The students who are here today should be proud to be nominated for these awards, it shows all the hard work they have put in over the last year or two.

“It is an exciting time to be entering the industry, the current government has really set the precedent for the building industry and with the elections and the incoming government it is important that momentum continues to raise aspirations for the next generation of construction industry workers and to continue the development of apprenticeships within the industry.