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
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.