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B&FC apprentice receives national recognition at AoC awards

A Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC) apprentice plumber has been highly commended in the national Association of Colleges Student of the Year Awards.

Shaun Lamb, 23, from Blackpool, who works for E Dugdale & Sons of Anchorsholme, said he was pleased to have received the accolade – although it had come as a surprise.

He said: “I’m still quite shocked by it really but I’m really proud to have received the commendation. It will definitely look good on the CV.

“The staff at B&FC are excellent and the teaching is really in-line with industry practices so I have enjoyed my time at a College – as well as the practical experience and help I have been given by my employer.

“I really enjoy work and am looking forward to completing my apprenticeship, but my dream is to start a business with some friends renovating properties.”

In total, the Association of Colleges received 115 nominations across three categories – each of which highlighted the exceptional work of students. 

Colleen McLaughlin, Head of Apprenticeships at B&FC, said: “We’re all really proud of Shaun, who has excelled throughout his apprenticeship.

“I’m sure the standard of entries was extremely high and so it is a great achievement for Shaun to be recognised in this way.”

Members of the judging panel said they were overwhelmed by the variety of applications and the extent of the success of the students, whether in college work or extra-curricular activities.

David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, added: “The Student of the Year awards showcase the very best of college students across the country. They celebrate the achievements of the exceptional students who stand out from the crowd.  

“It isn’t only about whether someone has achieved the top grades, but rather the inspirational nature of accomplishments.”

This year’s judging panel, including representatives from the National Union of Students and youth social action organisation, Step up to Serve.

Prizes were distributed at AoC’s Annual Conference and Exhibition in London earlier this month.


Image: Construction Team Leader Brian Hall, Head of Apprenticeships Coleen McLaughlin, Shaun Lamb and mum Sue Lamb, who also works at B&FC

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