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Preston’s future construction stars honoured at annual awards ceremony

Posted on - 27th July, 2021 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Education, People, Preston News, Proud Preston
Brandon – Painting and Decorating Award

The Preston Vocational Centre celebrated the success of its learners with a virtual awards evening this week.

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Preston Vocational Centre (PVC) provides hands-on opportunities in different areas of construction, including plastering, building maintenance and brickwork.

At the virtual ceremony, the students received their BTEC qualifications, with some gaining special awards in particular trades.

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Kamran – Building Maintenance Award

Rob Wakefield, Chief Executive of Community Gateway Association, PVC’s parent body, said: “Many congratulations to the students that have won awards this evening, and congratulations to all the learners that have had a successful year in very challenging circumstances.

“By making the most of the skills and attributes you’ve learned and developed during your time at PVC, I’m sure you’ll have a bright future. My appreciation and congratulations also go to the staff at the centre.

“I know what a challenging year it has been for you individually and collectively, and you should rightly feel very proud of the centre’s achievements over the past twelve months.”

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Tutors from the St. Paul’s Road centre in Preston visited winners before the event to offer words of congratulations and present them with their trophies. Their names were revealed on social media during the evening, with a Twitter build up during the day, replicating the excitement of the yearly event.

PVC Centre manager, Martin Grayston, said: “Congratulations to all of our students, who have worked so hard and gained a recognised qualification despite going through one of the most challenging years for generations.

“It is wonderful to see so many of our young people gaining new skills, seeing their confidence grow and
watching them develop into productive and respectful members of society. I am extremely proud of them as I am of my team who have worked hard to support each and every one of them.”

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Caroline – Volunteer Award

Mick Higgins, Chair of the Board, sent his best wishes to those starting their construction journeys.

The 2020-21 student winners were:

  • Harvey – Outstanding Achievement in Plastering
  • Tom – Outstanding Achievement in Brickwork
  • Jordan – Outstanding Achievement in Carpentry and Joinery
  • Brandon – Outstanding Achievement in Painting and Decorating
  • Warren – Outstanding Achievement in Plumbing
  • Kamran – Outstanding Achievement in Building Maintenance
  • Zac – Best All-Round Ability
  • Tyler – Most Improved Student
  • Kamran – Student of the Year
  • Caroline – Volunteer of the Year


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