Welding and fabrication students recognised in City and Guilds awards

Two welding and fabrication students at East Coast College have been recognised in the City and Guilds Foundation awards for the dedication and motivation they showed to their studies during the pandemic.

Elliott Brinded and William Buck, Level 3 students at the college’s Lowestoft campus, have both been selected by City and Guilds to receive a prize from the Worshipful Company of Cutlers for excelling in their fields. First prize was awarded to Elliott, who will travel down to Mansion House in London on March 14th to attend the awards ceremony with his lecturer Mark Shanks, while second prize was presented to William.

Both students started their journey with East Coast College as Level 1 learners and have progressed through to Level 3, completing an ECITB scholarship and gaining English and maths qualifications. They continued to work hard during lockdown, going above and beyond in their studies at home and attending extra catch up sessions when they were able to attend college.

And their hard work paid off, with both Elliott and William securing paid work placements at Lotus Cars as welder fabricators, where they have received exceptional feedback on their performance.

Mr Shanks said: “I wanted to nominate a student for the awards and I just couldn’t choose between them because they have both worked so hard and shown such motivation, so I had to nominate them both.
“They have achieved so much in the face of adversity and to have also secured paid work two days a week with Lotus Cars is fantastic.

“Elliott has not only developed his skills and knowledge but has improved his confidence too, while William’s skills and competence as a tradesman has shone through at all levels. The whole welding and fabrication department is extremely proud of them.”

Elliot will receive his award from The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor, Alderman Vincent Keaveny, and a representative of the Worshipful Company of Cutlers. He will also be presented with a cheque for £500, with William being awarded a cheque for £250.

Speaking on hearing the news, Elliott said: “I was really surprised but really happy to hear I had won. Going down to London to the awards ceremony will be a great experience.”

William added: “I was really happy to be nominated and placed second, and I’m really pleased for Elliott that he won too. It’s nice that we were recognised together.”

Anyone who would like to follow in Elliott and William’s footsteps can sign up to study welding and fabrication at East Coast College this September by visiting www.eastcoast.ac.uk/subject/welding-fabrication.