17th June 2017
Staff and students are delighted for Kevin Clancy, former Head of Construction at York College, who has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in recognition of his exceptional contribution to the further education sector, promoting excellence in the built environment.
In a career spanning 35 years, Kevin initially worked as a joiner, moving to the further education sector and becoming Head of Division for Construction at York College in 2004. His passion for construction crafts, and overseeing the education and training of thousands of individuals, allowed him to work closely with employers to ensure students learn the right skills to match employer need.
Kevin’s Construction Division played a key part in the College’s Outstanding Ofsted inspection (December 2013), with success rates consistently well above national average. Leading a talented staff team of industry experts, he supported 250 apprentices and 500 students each year to achieve excellence across a range of craft, technical and professional qualifications.
Kevin also worked with staff, students, apprentices and local businesses, regionally and nationally, so that they were able to enjoy rich experiences and opportunities. Two Construction tutors are now WorldSkills trainers, passing on their expertise to the next generation and year on year York College’s construction students have outstripped fellow competitors in a wide range of regional, national and international competitions. These remarkable achievements include a deaf student winning a recent SkillBuild regional competition in plastering, and another York Minster apprentice winning the bronze medal in Stonemasonry at the 2015 WorldSkills in Brazil.
His students made an outstanding contribution to the local community through a wide range of projects. As well as creating a stone sculpture for HRH The Prince of Wales, local projects included building the cart used by the local Guild in the Mystery Plays; building a Viking ship and renovating a disused railway station for Stamford Bridge's award winning entries to the In Bloom competitions; renovating hostels for the homeless, local play areas and other community venues; and creating gateway sculptures for local villages and the City of York.
Dr Alison Birkinshaw, Principal of York College, said: “The whole College joins me in congratulating Kevin on his MBE, which is so well deserved. His support for staff, students, apprentices and local employers was unstinting during his time at York College. Kevin also cared very much about high standards of training and craftsmanship and was the driving force behind our new Construction Centre last year, from which will come the highly skilled construction workforce of the future.”