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College builders praised for world-class work

Matthew Timby, a world champion roofer, has found himself in the top spot again, along with 86 other prize winners.

Matthew was the winner of the young roofers section of the International Federation of Roofing Contractors World Championships and was joined by other high achievers in the building industry for the Leeds College of Building’s annual awards ceremony.

He was given a medal at the event which was held at Leeds Town Hall along with other world-beating former students of the Leeds based college.

Jarrod Best, whom started his career as an apprentice at the Leeds College of Building and is now managing director of Leeds-based GMI Construction, presented the awards.

He said: “It’s fantastic to be invited back to these events and to meet the next generation of students entering the construction industry. Leeds College of Building has a reputation for producing top quality apprentices and the fact that 87 students were collecting prizes for excellence is testament to this.”

Shane Trevitt from Ilkley was named the best young plumbing and heating engineer in the world this year. He represented the UK at WorldSkills London 2011 and beat some of the world’s most skilled apprentices and employees.

Mr Best said: “A career in construction offers so many possibilities and everyone I spoke to at this awards ceremony certainly has the potential to enjoy a long and successful future in the industry.”

Chris Thornton, from Leeds, won the special Governors’ Award for his overall contribution he has made to his civil engineering studies.

The 27-year-old said: “Winning this award is a great achievement, especially when you consider that the college had more than 7,000 students to choose from. It will definitely stand out on my CV throughout my civil engineering career.”

Leeds Building College is the only specialist further education construction college in the UK.


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