Leeds College of Building Wins Apprentice Provider of the Year

Apprentice Provider of the Year Award collected by Leeds College of Building staff, Vicky Patterson (Curriculum Manager) and Derek Whitehead (Deputy Principal).

Leeds College of Building (LCB) has won a prestigious national education award at a ceremony at Central Hall Westminster in London.

The college won Apprentice Provider of the Year. The award was presented by Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK.

The annual Pearson BTEC Awards were hosted by financial journalist and TV Presenter Steph McGovern on Thursday 5th July 2018.

An expert panel of 52 judges carefully considered each nominee before deciding upon a winner, saying of LCB:

Leeds College of Building has demonstrated excellent promotion of their apprenticeships coupled with great local community engagement. Leeds College of Building’s growth and success can be shown in numbers – they started with only eight apprentices seven years ago. Today, they oversee over 568 apprentices within their faculty, and will continue to grow. Their excellent progression routes and innovative approach to teaching make them a fantastic example of best-practice apprenticeship delivery.

Leeds College of Building was established in 1960 and is the only specialist further education construction college in the UK. The college currently has 68 roofing apprentices, serving a large geographical area across Yorkshire and as far east as Lincolnshire

Ian Billyard, CEO & Principal at Leeds College of Building, said: “We are thrilled to win the ‘BTEC Apprenticeship Provider of the Year 2018’ category at the national BTEC Awards, especially given the strength of delivery within the sector. Receiving this outstanding accolade is a testament to the hard work and dedication of staff at Leeds College of Building, and we are delighted this is being recognised and showcased on a national platform.

“Special thanks to the employers associated with the College for their continued support and the opportunities they provide to our students; together we can play our part in supporting industry needs.”

Vicky Patterson, Curriculum Manager for Technical and Professional Apprenticeships at Leeds College of Building, added: “I am incredibly proud of my team to be named Provider of the Year 2018. We continually try to go above and beyond our normal duties to enhance the Apprentice’s experiences and ensure that we produce the most creative and brilliant young Technicians and Engineers of the future.”

Other awards saw LCB students taking home several accolades:

  • Sinead Burke won the BTEC Award for Construction Student of the Year in recognition of their achievement in their subject. The award was presented by George Clarke, Architect and TV presenter.
  • Thomas Coleman won the BTEC Award for 19+ Apprentice of the Year. The award was presented by Neil Carmichael, Chair of the Commission on Sustainable Learning for Life, Work and a Changing Economy.
  • Viren Lad won the BTEC Award for Higher National Student of the Year. The award was presented by Jane Baker, Director of Higher Education Qualifications, Pearson


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