Great Cornard pupil is top of the construction class

Award winners at the annual Ridgeons Construction Awards ANL-160106-141419001
Award winners at the annual Ridgeons Construction Awards ANL-160106-141419001

A construction student from Great Cornard has been honoured for his “high standard of work” at a special awards ceremony.

The annual Ridgeons Construction Awards took place recently at West Suffolk College’s Milburn Centre to honour all the best students on each construction course.

The overall achiever student of the year award went to 17-year-old William Rawden from Broom Street, Great Cornard, who is taking the full time Level 1 Diploma in Bricklaying.

His course director Paul Davies said: “William has helped at many of our external events, and has also been out to a number of school talks, off his own back, to share with current Year 10 and 11 students what life is like at West Suffolk College and the Bricklaying course.

“He has also been instrumental in helping out at local events such as the South Suffolk Show and Suffolk Show. He really is a deserving winner of this award.”

College principal Dr Nikos Savvas said: “Our students have produced a very high standard of work this year and the staff have worked tirelessly with them to achieve so well. They should all be very proud of their awards.

“It is an excellent time to be learning a trade and there are very good job prospects for anyone who succeeds on our courses.”

The eight students received awards for outstanding work and all received a selection of tools to help them with their studies donated by Ridgeons - who sponsored the event.

Darren Tobyn, general manager of Ridgeons Sudbury, said the company was delighted to be part of celebrating the success of students.

“The awards are a great opportunity to say a huge well done to every student here. The industry is really booming at present. The students are coming in to a stable industry.”