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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Students honoured in national awards ceremony

Three students who achieved the diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (C&BE) this summer have been rewarded for their academic performance.

A national ceremony held in London recently saw Eric Haskins from Dorset, Rhys Hooks from Woking and Calum Maynard from Guilford all receive a trophy and prize money supplied by the Chartered Institute of building (CIOB), as part of the Rewarding Diplomas Awards.

Haskins scooped £600 for achieving the highest grade in the country for the advanced qualification, while Hooks and Maynard collected £300 and £100 respectively for their achievements at the higher and foundation levels of the qualification.

Maynard, who studied at Guilford College, was delighted with his prize. He said: "I've always fancied a career in construction, so studying the diploma in C&BE was a great step towards achieving this goal. I learned a huge amount - not just the theory of how to go about different aspects of the industry, but loads of practical examples, too.

"I really enjoyed the two-year course, and to receive £600 for my academic success is a fantastic bonus."

The Rewarding Diplomas Awards were created by the diploma in C&BE Partnership to demonstrate the qualification's continued success since its inception in 2008. The Diploma in C&BE is a bespoke qualification for the construction industry, combining practical skills development with technical knowledge.

Roy Cavanagh MBE, chairman of the Diploma in C&BE Partnership, said: "The diploma in Construction and the Built Environment has been vital to supporting young talent in the UK construction industry since its inception in 2008. As well as providing young people with the skills and knowledge they need to enter the construction industry, it has also been a valuable qualification for employers - ensuring they have an even bigger pool of talent to recruit from. All this helps bring new blood to the UK construction industry.

"It's important therefore to recognise the value of the diploma, what it means for the industry as well as the outstanding achievement of these students. It's also fantastic to see the continued support from ConstructionSkills and the CIOB as well as our sponsors today Pearson Edexcel, AQA-City & Guilds."

Bridget Bartlett, chief operating officer of the CIOB, added: "CIOB is really proud to be supporting the Rewarding Diploma Awards once again. The three winners at this year's awards offer us yet another great example of the talent which is being produced as a result of the diploma in C&BE. We will certainly be continuing our support of the qualification and ensuring we continue to highlight the achievements of all who undertake it."


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