Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2017
James Boyle is currently in his second year studying a level two plumbing apprenticeship at SGS College. He attends college for one day a week, and spends the remaining four days working for MG Plumbing and Heating.
James has an extensive portfolio of work achieved both within the college and on site, demonstrating strong skills in all aspects of plumbing. When working with his employer, James has been involved in both vented and unvented hot water systems, under floor heating, drainage and sanitation and excels in all tasks.
In recognition of his hard work and achievements, James was selected, after extensive deliberation from tutors and fellow peers, as the number one choice to represent SGS College at this year’s HIP Apprentice of the Year 2017 competition.
James’s tutor, Scott Manson, was in complete agreement with the selection, saying: “James is a fantastic learner and I wasn’t surprised at all when his name was read out to say that he would be this year’s representative for the College. Not only are both his knowledge and plumbing skills exceptional, but his attitude and commitment are outstanding. I felt very proud that one of my learners has been asked to represent the whole SGS Plumbing Department.”
James travelled to Petrov College in Tiverton with his plumbing tutor for the competition, Tuesday 31st January, to participate in a series of challenges and practical tasks to test his skills, and compete against other students at a national level. James came runner up in the South West Heat.
Speaking about the event James said: “It was a huge honour to represent the college. I must admit I was a little nervous as I’m not used to people judging and marking my work. However, I gave it my best shot and I know I did my best with my tutor, Scott, and my peers backing me all the way and encouraging me to do well.”