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The York Rotary Awards at York College : June 2024

On a hot and sunny day, it was a great pleasure to visit York College to present the third term 2023-4 Awards at the Construction Centre. Vice-President Paul Roberts kindly accompanied 3 members of the Youth Services Team – Jane Albon, Vic Brookes and Eileen Davis. We had to do without project leader Brian Houghton, who unfortunately was unable to attend, but his influence and input were recognised. As on previous occasions,  we were welcomed by Ashley Stokes, Head of Curriculum for Construction, and Mike Burdett, Deputy Head of Construction.


We were accompanied to the 6 work areas where we met the winning students and some of the teaching staff. VP Paul presented each winner with a “Student of the Term” Certificate and our Award, a £50 voucher from Barnitt’s who have generously supported the project and also offer a 10% discount when the student goes to spend their prize. 


The winners’ photographs were taken by Vic and are incorporated. As this is the end of the specific course for each student, it was interesting to ask about next steps – some will remain at the College on higher level courses and some seek apprenticeships or jobs. Whichever direction they take, their CVs will be enhanced by being selected for the Award. Term ends next week and everyone is looking forward to the summer break.


We took the opportunity to evaluate the project with Ashley and Mike; both feel it is very worthwhile and are appreciative of our support. We planned for the Award to be supported over 2 years 2023-5 but an extension has been agreed to use up our share of the wound-up Technology Tournament fund, so we will support a 3rd year in 2025-6.


Here are the winners :

Finlay Watson           Professional & Technical

Jack Harrison            Plumbing

Charlie Hyde             Painting & Decorating                    

Tyler Fletcher            Carpentry & Joinery

Matthew Barton        Brickwork

Dan Rees                  Electrical      


A lovely occasion – young people at their best!


Eileen Davis


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