Ian Dark accepting his award
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‘Dedicated’ staff member recognised with On Site Award

One of City of Bristol College’s staff members has been dubbed Tutor Of The Year at the recent On Site Bristol Awards thanks to his dedication to his students. Ian Dark, a Construction Assessor at the College, was presented with the illustrious award at a ceremony at the end of last year.

On Site Bristol currently has 300 apprentices on their programme and works in partnership with more than 200 employers in Bristol. City of Bristol College works with them to support students into finding a suitable placement for students in the Construction industry.

Ian, who has been at the college for three years, said he was ‘shocked’ when he saw his name appear on the screen.

He added: “I was just proud to be at the ceremony and be nominated. It was nice to see my own apprentices who had been nominated and celebrate their successes. I worked in Joinery and I had always thought education was something I would want to do long term. When the advert came out, I found out some more information and guidance before applying. It makes me feel very proud knowing all the hard work I have put in has been recognised.”

Denise Bishop, Director of Apprenticeships and Employer-Based Training, said: “This is a brilliant achievement for Ian and really showcases the time and work he has dedicated to our young apprentices. Apprenticeships are a brilliant way for students to get experience in a work environment at the same time as learning key skills to progress in their chosen career. Ian, like many of our assessors, goes the extra mile to support our students to achieve on their apprenticeship and this award only showcases and recognises that commitment.”

Ian was not the only person from City of Bristol College to see success in the 2019 awards, a number of the College’s apprenticeship students were also celebrated with various awards, including first year apprentice Myles Satterthwaite (Carpenter) and second year apprentice Michael Fathers (Electrical).

Awards were also presented to Apprentice of the Year By Trade:

Carpentry and Joinery: Lewys Woodbridge-Nash

Trowel Occupations: Arrun Brice

Electrical: Callum Wyatt

Painting and Decorating: Andrew Gill

Councillor Anna Keen, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills delivered the key note speech at the event at Ashton Court Mansion. She said: “These awards give us a chance to reflect on the hard work and commitment shown by our talented apprentices. I would like to wish all our winners and nominees much success as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.

“As a Learning City, we are always looking to create more opportunities for people and ensure every young person has the skills they need to confidently apply for work. On Site Bristol are leading the way, offering quality apprenticeships which allow apprentices to not only gain a qualification, but also develop invaluable skills which will support them in and out of work.”

City of Bristol College offers a range of apprenticeships in Construction and Wet Trades and will soon be breaking ground on the new £9million Construction Skills Centre at our South Bristol Skills Academy Centre, near Hengrove Park.

The centre will feature top-of-the-range workshops and facilities to support students into their chosen career field. Find out about our Construction department apprenticeships, visit www.cityofbristol.ac.uk

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