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Awards James T Colman

Talented York College students and apprentices recognised in award ceremonies

York College students past and present have been impressing judges in a number of regional and national award ceremonies and competitions.

The York Press Business Awards, last month, saw 18-year-old Reuben Philpott win Apprentice of the Year, in recognition of his customer-focussed work with local plumbing business Vanguard Heating.

Reuban received his award in front of 600 people at a glittering ceremony at York Racecourse.

Meanwhile, two of our students fought their way to silver and bronze at the national finals of the SkillBuild competition at Edinburgh College, in November.

The contest saw James Titterington-Colman take silver in the Bricklaying category, while Marlene Lagnado earned bronze in the Stonemasonry category.

SkillBuild is the largest multi-trade competition in the UK, for construction trainees and apprentices. Well done to James and Marlene.

Finally, it’s always good to see former York College apprentices building successful careers. Last month former catering student Harry Blades took top honours in the first Delifresh Young Chef of the Year competition at the Grand York.

The event saw the young contestants judged by respected chefs, including Yorkshire’s own Andrew Pern, chief director of the Star Inn venues. Harry beat nine other contestants in the kitchen, after competing against 79 in the first round.