Carpentry students’ win awards

Colchester Institute’s Wood Occupations department has partnered up with seven local employers to create 12 student awards recognising students’ excellent efforts and achievements throughout their studies this year.

The awards were sponsored by a range of companies including Scott Residential, Frank Howard Tools and Fixings and Rose Builders, who each rewarded their award winner with a set of tools or a voucher.

All students on Carpentry, Joinery and Furniture Production programmes at the College were eligible to win an award. Level 3 Furniture Production student George Davey picked up the first award back in February, winning the Gauge of Excellence Award sponsored by Davonport.  

As further recognition for his outstanding achievement, George went on to represent the College at the World Skills Show qualifiers.

Chris Coe, Area Head of Wood Occupations said “Since taking on my new role, I wanted to work closely with employers to shape our curriculum, to meet local industry needs and enrich the students’ experience here at College.”

Amongst the winners were Max Spooner and Woody Reading who both received a £250 voucher each and Elliot Game who won a Makita drill, tool tote and a £50 voucher.

Woody Reading, winner of the Level 2 student of the year award sponsored by Scott Residential said “I was happy to win the student of the year award. After a long year at college, it feels good to get recognised.” 

Elliot Game, a Level 1 student studying at the colleges Braintree Campus said “I was very happy to win the award and it’s good to know that my hard work and effort has been rewarded.”

Alison Andreas, Principal and Chief Executive at Colchester Institute said “We are so grateful to our employer sponsors who have made these awards possible. Inspiring young people and rewarding hard work and skill are so important and we wish all of today’s award winners well as they go on to start successful careers in local businesses.”