A Bridgwater College Electrical Installation student, Paul Lang, has been named the South West Apprentice of the Year, after competing in the regional heats held earlier in the month, at the College’s Energy Skills Centre.
The competition attracted representatives from plumbing, electrical installation and refrigeration from around the South West who competed to the highest standard with Paul, 19, from Bridgwater and an employee of Rogers Restorations Ltd, claiming the top prize.
Paul also demonstrated his skills earlier in the year by winning the regional electrical round of the SummitSkills competition. He will now compete in the National Skill Show Finals at the NEC Birmingham later this month, to be in with a chance of representing the UK in the international WorldSkills final in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Paul, formerly of Crispin School said,
“The encouragement to take pride in your work and the assistance that is provided on a daily basis by both my employer and during my time at College, has pushed me to take my work further than I would have expected. It’s an honour to receive these awards and it’s a great way to see how learning on the job can work for young people.”
Mike Rogers, Managing Director of Rogers Restorations Ltd, said,
“It’s been another great year for Paul, he has really stepped up to the plate and taken on more responsibility above and beyond that which is normally expected of him. It’s fantastic for him to get the recognition that he deserves.”
Steve Battersby, Section Leader for Construction and Building Services said,
“Paul is proof that perseverance is the key to success; after a couple of knock backs early in competitions he worked even harder, putting in extra time in the evenings and at weekends. He is a fantastic young person with a great career ahead of him.”