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Date: 4th July 2018

A passion to succeed and total commitment to his studies has resulted in a national industry award for an Askham Bryan College student, 25 year old Dan Pickles. And there was double cause for celebration as fellow apprentice, Joe Hobson came away with a regional title.

Dan is a CCITB (Construction Industry Training Board) apprentice, training at the York-based college. He was selected from around 700 others from across the UK as one of two overall winners in the Stars of the Future awards, after also taking one of the regional awards. Dan's employer is Charles Wilson Engineers Ltd (CW Plant Hire) in Armley, Leeds where he works as a service engineer.

The awards are organised by the Construction Plant-Hire Association for apprentices in the construction plant industry to identify the best emerging talent.  It is the fourth time since the awards' inception six years ago that the college has picked up a national accolade with one of its apprentices. Askham Bryan College is one of the country's leading providers of apprenticeship learning with around 900 students across its centres in the North of England.

Catherine Dixon, Chief Executive, Askham Bryan College said: “This success underlines and endorses the college's strength in providing exceptional work-based learning for apprentices. We have long standing and excellent relationships with employers across numerous industry sectors which is an important factor in achieving this incredible record of receiving national awards.”

Commenting on Dan's success, his tutor Peter Chapman said: “In 11 years of teaching and more than four decades in the industry, Dan is one of the most motivated people I have encountered; he just loves his job and wants to be the best in his profession. We're looking forward to him beginning his Level 3 course in September and I would be very surprised if ultimately he did not achieve a top flight management role.”

His words were echoed by his employers Charles Wilson Engineers Ltd. Nathan Deyes, Workshop Foreman at CW Plant Hire was equally as enthusiastic, commenting on Dan's desire to learn, tackling and enjoying the challenge of complex work and showing a genuine pride when solving issues. “He is fully respected by the team, asked to contribute his knowledge and ideas by other more time-served engineers and a pleasure to work with,” said Mr Deyes.

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