Dynamic Duo Awarded for Excellence
An apprentice and lecturer at Leeds College of Building have both been singled out for their achievements by City & Guilds.
Carpentry and Joinery lecturer Patrick Joe Clancy, known as Joe, and electrical apprentice Paul Tuton have been recognised for their exceptional work as part of an awards programme which has been run by the association for over 100 years.
The Medals for Excellence Programme acknowledges outstanding talent amongst lecturers and tutors by recognising those who achieve the best results and go above and beyond what is expected of them to show a true journey of progression.
Joe is from Guiseley and has over 50 years of experience in the construction industry, 31 years of which have been as a lecturer, mentor, course team manager and skills competition co-ordinator at the College. He has been awarded the highest accolade by City & Guilds, receiving a ‘Medal for Excellence’ for his outstanding performance in the craft of advanced carpentry and joinery.
Ian Billyard, Principal at Leeds College of Building says: “Joe’s enthusiasm for his subject, lifelong learning and those he teaches is boundless. He challenges students to become the best at what they do, helping them to fulfil their potential and encouraging them to forge successful careers. Joe is a positive force in the wider community and always generous with his time. He supports the students and embraces new developments in the industry wholeheartedly and I cannot think of a more deserving recipient for the award.”
Paul, who is from Sheffield and works for SES, has received a ‘Highly Commended Award’ from the judges for work completed as part of his level 2 electrotechnical technology installation course. Paul, who also competed in the Skill M&E competition last year, says: “I was thrilled to have been nominated by my training adviser and lecturer and feel very proud to have been commended for my work.”
Having won the Medal for Excellence Award, Joe has now been shortlisted for both the City & Guilds Lion Awards and People’s Choice Award which will be judged at a red carpet event in London in March. Joe is an active member of the Institute of Carpenters (IOC) and was awarded the prestigious Master Carpenter & Joiner Certificate in 2009, he has also helped to inspire hundreds of apprentices during his illustrious career and represents the IOC on a number of committees and working groups.
Ian Billyard, Principal says: “To have both a lecturer and apprentice chosen for such prestigious awards is a testament to the exceptional accomplishments of both Joe and Paul. Winning a medal requires a lot of hard work and dedication and we are incredibly proud of their successes.”