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Stars of the Future 2016 at Vertikal Days

On the 15th June 2016 at Vertikal Days cranes and access equipment exhibition the CPA in association with CITB hosted the 4th annual ‘Stars of the Future’ plant mechanic apprenticeship awards presentation.

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Stars of the Future





The plant hire sector – not to mention the wider construction industry – has a bright future judging by the outstanding quality of the entrants at this year's Stars of the Future.




Presenting the awards and talking about his experiences to an audience of over 250 people was Nic Hamilton, a racing driver in the British Touring Car Championship and the brother of reigning Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton.


A special feature of the Awards, which were supported by Kranlyft UK (Maeda Mini Cranes), A-Plant, Vertikal Days, IPAF, Hawk and Snap-On, was an inspiring and very entertaining speech from Nic, who spoke about his life-long battle with Cerebral Palsy and how, up until the age of 16, relied on the use of a wheelchair.


Nic said, “It’s was an absolute honour to be here at the Stars of the Future -  firstly to share my story but also to see all the fantastically talented people that have been nominated for these awards.  I believe everybody has a story and is inspiring in their own right and I think that CPA and these awards give a great platform for everybody to show their talent.  As far as I am concerned they are all winners here today and should be very proud of themselves.”


Family, friends, college tutors and work colleagues gathered for the ceremony where the regional winners were presented with their award - the young stars beamed with pride at receiving recognition for their hard work. The two overall (national) winners also took to the stage to receive their award to rapturous applause from the audience. 42 students were also Highly Commended – the standard was so good!


The 2016 Stars of the Future Winners


Regional Level 2 Winners             College and Employer

Angus Strowbridge      Askham Bryan College; Lifterz

Sion Cooper                Bridgend College; U Hire Equipment & Sales

John Davies                Coleg Cambria; Richard Tresidder

Jack Pleavin                Finning Academy; Finning UK

Luke Johnstone           Glasgow Kelvin College; SLD Pump & Power

Katie Long                  Myerscough College; UK Forks PLC

James Deeley             National Construction College; Allsort Grab Services           

Campbell Howie          National Construction College (Scotland); Muirhead Plant Ltd

Samuel Cooper-Hart    Reaseheath College; A Plant

Tom Knapp                  Stafford College; Hire Plant UK

Lloyd Hewish               Wiltshire College; SKH Engineering


Regional Level 3 Winners             College and Employer

Elliott Waite                Askham Bryan College; Lifterz Ltd

Jason Standen             Bridgend College; South Cornelly Services

Sam Batchelor             Finning Academy; Finning UK

Tyler Nicholson            Glasgow Kelvin College; Your Equipment Solutions

Daniel Fradd                Myerscough College; Multi Hog

Thomas Jackson           National Construction College; Gray Materials Handling

Sean Gunn                   National Construction College (Scotland)

Jean-Paul Alcayde         Reaseheath College; Clee Hill

James Hughes              Stafford College; AP Webb UK

Bradley White               Wiltshire College; Ardent Hire Solutions


National Winners

Level 2: Sion Cooper       Bridgend College; U Hire Equipment & Sales

Level 3: Jason Standen   Bridgend College – South Cornelly Services


National Level 2 winner Sion Cooper, from Bridgend College commented on his win: “I was really happy to win the award and very proud.  It was totally unexpected even though I was nominated – I didn’t think I would actually win!


Sion added “These awards are a really good thing for our industry and reading about the winners and what they have achieved might encourage other young people to get into our industry and learn what can be achieved.  For me this award will help further my career in the future.


Also from Bridgend College was the Level 3 National winner, Jason Standen, who said, “I was ecstatic to win this award and like Sion, I was not expecting this at all!  I owe it all to my College tutors and also my employers, South Cornelly Services, for all their hard work in training me and their guidance throughout the course.  This award makes me very proud and will help my future career – who knows maybe it will be abroad.”


Stars of the Future 2017 will be held at Plantworx Exhibition 2017 (6th – 8th June) Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, Leicestershire.  The ceremony will be on the first day of the show on 6th June.







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