30 June 2016

Fabrication and welding students at ABC Awards Showcase Centre Chesterfield College have been celebrating their end-of-year achievements in a ceremony attended by their parents and employers.

The annual event showcases the excellent work of the Electrical, Engineering and Automotive Department at the college, with selected learners receiving awards for their high achievements.

Many learners who are studying ABC Awards Level 2 and Level 3 fabrication and welding qualifications received awards, including a Learner of the Year Award for each qualification and awards for Advanced Apprentice and Intermediate Apprentice of the year.

The ABC Awards-sponsored High Achievement Award was presented to Nathan Knowles, who has completed his advanced apprenticeship programme with Dicom Limited, the UK’s leading manufacturer and supplier of waste compactors and baling equipment.

As part of his apprenticeship, Nathan has completed his Level 2 and Level 3 Certificates and Level 3 Diploma in Fabrication and Welding, Functional Skills qualifications at Level 2 for English, maths and ICT, Employee Rights and Responsibilities qualification, and also a Personal Learning and Thinking Skills qualification.

Nathan has achieved this extraordinary feat while attending Chesterfield College one day per week as part of an apprenticeship arranged through the college.

Ray Peet, Career Pathway Leader (Fabrication and Welding, and Vehicle Body and Paint) in Engineering and Construction at Chesterfield College, said:

“Nathan has shown exceptional ability, going above and beyond in the course to ensure he achieves only distinction grades for all units required. He is an inspiration to others and has chosen to mentor other learners in his group with practical sessions.

“He is well thought of by his employer, Dicom Limited, and he is a pleasure to teach in class, with an inquisitive and enquiring mind who is always willing to share his work experiences and work knowledge with the rest of the group.”

Fiona Grant, Director of Awarding at ABC Awards, who presented Nathan with his award, said:

“I was delighted to meet Nathan and award him with his certificate and prize for the High Achievement Award. I was also a pleasure to meet and have the opportunity to talk with the other ABC Awards fabrication and welding high achievers during the event and to hear their success stories and future plans.

“These learners are an excellent example of the hardworking, dedicated learners in further education who are undoubtedly going to go on to have very successful careers, in a sector which is in constant need of highly skilled workers.”

In total, seven learners from Chesterfield College were given awards for their achievements studying ABC Awards fabrication and welding qualifications. One learner, Paige Bland, joined Chesterfield College later than most students, after her previous college cancelled the course she was studying on.

Paige, who has very high praise for her college, said:

“Transferring colleges was one of the best decisions I've made, although it was a bit of a fair way to travel especially before I passed my driving test, but it was worth it for the course and the people. When I first started I was worried that I had started too late and no one would talk to me! How wrong was I?

“Seeing everyone leave college and how much they have changed and grown up is all down to the tutors in fabrication and welding at Chesterfield College for keeping them in line. We wouldn’t have the sensible heads that we all have on our shoulders now if it wasn’t for our tutors.”

Paige received the Learner of the Year Award for the Level 3 Diploma in Fabrication and Welding and will be leaving the college with a job in the industry.

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