Kier celebrates college awards success
Published by Rebecca Jackson for Kier Services in Education and also in Communities
Left to right: Harry Hewitt, apprentice joiner and Josh Locke, apprentice plumber
Leading maintenance provider Kier Sheffield LLP is celebrating a double win at the Sheffield College Awards.
The company collected the Employer-College Partnership Award after being nominated by curriculum leader at the college, Russ Dean. Mr Dean said: “At Sheffield College, we provide students with the core skills they’ll need to work in a traditional trade alongside on-the-job training, which is an integral component in helping students become fully qualified. We rely on organisations like Kier Sheffield to provide that first-hand site experience.
“We nominated Kier Sheffield for the Employer-College Partnership Award because of the great support it provides to our students in developing their vocational skills. In particular, it provides placements to a great number of our students, ensuring they get vital work-based experience. Moreover, it has proved itself flexible to students’ needs by releasing them from site work when they have required more one-on-one tuition, such as before competitions or course work – this demonstrates the organisation’s willingness to put students’ futures first.”
Kier Sheffield is also celebrating after one of its apprentices, third-year joiner Harry Hewitt, was crowned the Most Outstanding Joinery Student. Harry recently submitted his Level 3 Supervisory Unit, which his college lecturer said was the best submission he had ever seen.
Mr Dean continued: “Harry was nominated for the individual award in part because of the feedback he received on his supervisory unit and for receiving the highest marks of all the joinery students in his second year. However, what set him apart and, I believe, ensured he came home with the trophy, is his attitude. Harry’s commitment is second to none. He was one of the first students to hand in his work-based portfolio and at every step of the way was walking proof of how vocational qualifications help students to realise career ambitions.”
Kier training officer, Vic Haigh, said: “It’s fantastic to be recognised for the support we provide to Sheffield College and its students. With 98% of our workforce coming from the local area, we can ensure the next generation of tradesmen is fully trained and qualified by working with the College, and secure a quality service for many years to come.”
The annual Sheffield College Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of students undertaking vocational courses, as well as organisations supporting them. This year the award programme was focused on how vocational qualifications enable students to realise career ambitions and destinations.
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