Posted on 16 September 2022

A Leeds College of Building student has been awarded a specialist construction award for the Yorkshire region.

Frances Smith, a Building Services Engineering HND Apprentice, was announced winner of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) ‘Yorkshire HNC & HND Building Services Apprentice of the Year.’

BESA is a membership organisation for individuals active in the design, installation, commissioning, maintenance, control and management of engineering systems and services in buildings.

The organisation works with the building services and wider construction industries, voicing the views of members and driving for initiatives that represent the best interests of those who work within the built environment.

Regional heats for apprenticeship and training awards are held each year by BESA, with winners then shortlisted for the national finals in London.

Richard Leese, Leeds College of Building Curriculum Manager for Building Services Engineering & Facilities Management, said:

“I am delighted that Frances has been recognised for her hard work and dedication throughout her apprenticeship. Her results and quality of work were exceptional, and Frances would often provide support for other students. Frances showed a real drive and determination to understand the complex subjects and would consistently achieve distinction grades in assessment work.”

Frances will now progress to the BESA National Awards, taking place at the annual conference at Novotel London West Hotel on 20 October. Frances will find out on the night if she takes home a nationwide accolade to sit alongside her regional award.