College marks 56th annual Construction and Engineering Awards

06 June 2016
Outstanding construction and engineering students were honoured at Central Sussex College’s 56th annual Construction and Engineering Awards on Tuesday 24 May.

The event took place in the College’s new Advanced Technology Centre (ATC) following the grand opening by The Rt Hon. Lord David Blunkett earlier in the month. The ATC was a fitting venue to hold the awards in, as many of the students honoured will be taught in the Centre from September. They will gain access to state-of-the-art equipment and interactive learning environments which will inspire and encourage team work, innovation and skills development.

Guests and award winners were welcomed to the event with a reception in the Centre’s visitors area, complete with drinks and canapés provided by the College’s hospitality and catering students, before moving into the large workshop space for the awards presentation.

The College’s Principal, Sarah Wright, kicked-off the proceedings, welcoming everyone to the event and introducing the winners with a round of applause. She said a special thank you to the local dignitaries in attendance: HER WORSHIPFUL THE MAYOR of Crawley, Councillor Chris Cheshire; Vice-Chair of Horsham District Council, Councillor Christian Mitchell; and Chair of Mid-Sussex District Council, Councillor Peter Reed.

Sarah Wright’s opening speech was followed by a few words by the College’s Vice Principal, Dean Wynter, before Head of Studies at the College, Jeremy Ridley, presented the awards.

Amongst the many award winners, fabrication and welding student, Jordan Toogood, 18, from East Grinstead, was awarded the Faculty of Construction and Engineering Prize for ‘Best Full-time Learner in Welding and Fabrication Level 2’. His lecturers commented, “Throughout this year Jordan has not only had impeccable timekeeping and attendance, but has also worked hard and enthusiastically to develop his skillset. He is always polite and friendly as well as a positive role model for other students. Jordan has excelled impressively this year, and as a result is one of the first level 2 learners to enter the Skillweld competition. He is thoroughly deserving of this award.”

Nineteen year old bench joinery student, Mark Fogarty, from Hassocks, was announced as the winner of the Sir Norman Longley Memorial Prize, which is given each year to the student who has given the most effort to secure their achievements. Ahead of presenting the award, Jeremy Ridley said on behalf of Mark’s lecturer, “Despite having visual difficulties, Mark works hard to overcome and to progress. This determination has led him to the Level 3 Bench Joinery programme, which he is expected to complete. Showing such a high level of commitment to the trade and associated English and Maths, Mark is a pleasure to teach. Well done Mark!”

Dean Wynter concluded the event with a formal thanks saying, “We’re immensely proud to be honouring the fantastic achievements of construction and engineering students here at Central Sussex College for a 56th year. A huge thanks must go to the dedicated and supportive lecturers who encourage and inspire our students to succeed in these highly skilled sectors. We are also grateful for the support of the local construction industry in recognising these talented individuals, who will now go on to achieve great things in the industry.”