Apprentice’s Enthusiasm Wins Big at College Awards

15 July 2016 | Apprentices, College News, Construction & the Building Trades

Enthusiasm - Richard Tugwell - Student of the Year Award winner

Local man Richard Tugwell, 24, from Par, was awarded both the Apprenticeship Student of the Year and the special Opportunity Award, sponsored by the University of St Mark & St John, at City College’s Student of the Year event.

Richard received the awards for his unyielding enthusiasm and engagement throughout his plumbing Apprenticeship with Dean Hancock Plumbing and Heating Services. His hard work has resulted in him being offered a voluntary position as a maths champion next year, to inspire and help other students.

Julie McLean, Faculty Director for Work-based Learning and Schools Partnerships, said: “Although his primary focus is on his plumbing Apprenticeship, Richard is a real maths champion. He recognises the importance of these core skills to those who want to succeed and supports other students who found maths a struggle. His generous, selfless nature and conscientious attitude make him a very deserving winner of the Student of the Year Award.”

Dr Elizabeth Smith, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Learning, Teaching and Student Experience at the University of St Mark & St John presented Richard with the Opportunity Award. She said: “Education is all about opportunity and this award recognises those who take advantage of the options presented to them. Richard is a great student, apprentice and support to his peers – I wish him a bright future.”

The annual award ceremony, publically recognises and rewards students who have made a positive contribution to their course, the College or the local community.

Richard said: “I’m a bit overwhelmed – I wasn’t expecting to even be nominated, let alone to be given an extra award. I had concerns when I started College about maths and English, but I managed to pass all my exams first time – sometimes things just make sense when they’re in a different context!”

Sixteen awards were presented by the College’s Curriculum Directors, with six special awards – sponsored by local organisations – presented for: Community (The Herald); Employability (Plymouth Citybus); Enterprise (Plymouth University); Equality and Diversity (Livewell Southwest); Opportunity (University of St Mark and St John); and Student Voice (Radio Plymouth).

The event was held in PL1, the College’s well established restaurant, with a special menu prepared and served by hospitality and catering students. The awards evening was attended by each of the Student of the Year winners and their families, their nominating lecturers, College staff and Governors, and representatives from the six sponsoring organisations.

City College Plymouth would like to thank all award sponsors and also those employers who have supported students on courses at the College.

For more information about Apprenticeships or plumbing courses on offer at the College, come down to the Course Information Drop-in on Wednesday 3 August, 4:00pm – 6.00pm, at Kings Road, or visit events for more information or call 01752 305300.

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