City College Norwich has won a £10,000 upgrade for its plumbing and heating training facilities, courtesy of Graham Plumber’s Merchant’s College Refresh Awards.
After numerous applications from colleges around the country, three finalists were chosen to attend the awards ceremony at Worcester Bosch’s headquarters. City College Norwich was ultimately victorious, with New College – Hackney Campus and Hull College as runners up.
The one-day event included a factory tour and a boiler CPD session, with lecturers from the colleges also pitted against each other in a competition to see who could strip a boiler within the quickest time.
City College Norwich was announced as the winner due to its passionate and thorough submission, which laid out a clear and precise plan for their students. The refurbishment of one of the college’s plumbing workshops will enhance facilities for gas engineer training.
The award from Graham rounds off a very successful year for plumbing at the college, which included seeing apprentice Anthony Iacovazzo triumphing in the HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year competition.
Katy Dorman, Apprenticeship Delivery Manager at City College Norwich, said:
“This £10,000 award means we can move forward with our gas engineering apprenticeship delivery in October. Our students will be thrilled with the updated workshop, tools and training we can now offer.”
Ian Kenny, Marketing Director at Graham Plumbers’ Merchant said:
“This was the first Graham College Refresh Awards, and we hope it will be the first of many as we continue to support the local community and future industry professionals.”
“As someone who began as an apprentice myself, passionate lecturers are everything,” said Steve Lister, Sales and Marketing Director at Worcester Bosch.
“By supporting and investing in students and apprentices from the beginning, manufacturers can ensure they are ahead in the market and students can graduate with confidence in their skills and the future of the industry.”