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Award winning students are building a bright future.

Award winning students are building a bright future. Hartlepool College of Further Education students are celebrating after winning a prestigious industry award for the third year running. Students from the School of Construction Technical and Professional Studies of the College came out on top in the annual Chartered Institute of Building Student Challenge, after seeing off competition from four other North East colleges.

The five strong team of Jack Ainscough, Jack Anderson, Jack McAndrew, Katy Johnson and Louisa Phillips went up against competitors from Gateshead College, New College Durham, Sunderland College and Middlesbrough College. Tony Bellamy, Vice Chair of CIOB North East and Senior Site Manager for Interserve, started the competition by setting the challenge at the start of the day. Tony described the brief as “an actual project that Interserve had carried out a few years ago. It involves the creation of a cancer rehabilitation unit at James Cook Hospital. With pressures on access, time and conditions it isn’t as easy as first seems so the students have to really challenge their thinking.”

After team briefings and tool box talks from the South Tees NHS, each team set about solving the problem and proposing an effective way to carry out the project, all under the support of industry experts from Midas Cladding, Keepmoat, Wilmot Dixon and Felder Group. On completion of the task, each group was then asked to present their proposal to a panel for approval. Hartlepool College came out on top with the group award, whilst students Anya Willis of Sunderland College, and Jack Ainscough of Hartlepool College won the female and male individual awards respectively. The group award signals three consecutive years of winning for Hartlepool. John Cartwright, Head of Construction and the Built Environment at Hartlepool College, said “This was an excellent opportunity for learners to showcase the talents, team work and knowledge of the construction industry that all these students clearly have. To win this award is a fantastic achievement, but to win it three years in a row is a true testament to the high quality-learning environment of all students and staff involved in this area.”

The winners will now attend the annual CIOB North East Ball to formally pick up their team award in front of CIOB members and employers from across the industry. Former Ian Ramsey School pupil and current Billinghurst George and Partners Civil Engineering apprentice, Jack Ainscough, who will pick up his individual award, said “The CIOB competition is a brilliant experience as it is real life projects that you have to complete in challenging circumstances. Through my work in my apprenticeship and all that I learn at College I feel like I am really prepared for a career in this industry and this award goes to prove that.”

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