Salford City College Assessor given top award for his work with apprentices

A Salford City College worker has been named Assessor of the Year at a ceremony to honour people who have gone the extra mile to help apprentices climb the career ladder. 

Andrew Stone, 30, from Droylsden, hoisted the award at Seddon’s Building Skills Awards on Friday, November 13. 

The qualified joiner has been working with Seddon’s joinery apprentices for the last 12 months and was applauded for his dedication to helping young people complete their qualifications at the college. 

Seddon employs almost 50 apprentices, the majority of whom attend the college on day release to study for their NVQ certificates. 

Tony Costello, Training and Development Executive at Seddon, said: “Andrew has shown immense commitment, dedication and passion towards the progression of our learners.  

“He is methodical in his approach and works tirelessly together with our labour managers to ensure that his learners are getting the skills they need to excel.  

“Andrew is extremely driven by quality and sets high standards for his learners, ensuring that they achieve their full potential.”

Andrew completed a joinery apprenticeship 12 years ago and after several years in the trade undertook a teaching diploma.  

Andrew said: “I love being able to pass my skills and knowledge on to the joinery apprentices. 

“Having been an apprentice I know what it is like and the challenges they face, not only on site but in the classroom too. 

“It has been a pleasure to work with Seddon and its apprentices, the company really cares that they excel which makes my job that much easier.”

John Spindler, Chief Executive Officer and Principal of Salford City College, said: “On behalf of everyone at the College, I would like to say a huge congratulations to Andrew for his Assessor of the Year Award. His commitment to supporting young apprentices is truly admirable, and we are delighted that his hard work has been recognised by Seddon.”

Andrew was joined on stage by Seddon employees who had gone the extra mile to support the company’s apprentices and the trainees who had excelled in 2015, including his own student Mitul Pankhania. 

The second year apprentice works on Seddon’s Arncliffe development in Halewood and scooped the Rising Star Award. He said: “It’s a massive privilege to win – I didn’t even know I was shortlisted! 

“I hope to prove this award true after I finish my apprenticeship and work my way up the company.”

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