Success for Lincoln Catherdral apprentices at Construction Awards

The North Notts College Construction Awards
The North Notts College Construction Awards

The hard work of construction apprentices has been celebrated at the North Notts College Construction Awards.

At the event Lincoln Cathedral trainees took two of the top awards.

Adam Coulson was awarded Apprentice of the Year in Brickwork and Sophia Robinson took the overall award of Construction Apprentice of the Year for her work in site and bench joinery.

Lincoln Cathedral Works Department received special recognition in the employers’ category, “for their continuous high standards and commitment to teaching, learning and assessment.”

Adam Coulson and Sophia Robinson came to Lincoln Cathedral as trainees under the Heritage Lottery Fund “Skills for the Future” scheme.

They each achieved NVQ Level 3 in Heritage Skills and in their individual trades, and are now on track for careers in Heritage construction.

Cathedral Project Supervisor Allan Toyne, who was the mentor and NVQ Assessor for the heritage module of the joinery qualification said: “The HLF scheme enabled the Cathedral to take an active role in securing the future of our heritage trades.

“Adam and Sophia came with high aspirations and enormous enthusiasm, and the Cathedral team really enjoyed working alongside them to help them develop their skills and knowledge. We are proud of what they have achieved.”

The “Skills for the Future” scheme, which finished at the end of 2015, provided advanced training in heritage construction skills for 16 trainees over a period of five years. The Cathedral delivered the scheme in partnership with Lincolnshire County Council.

Works Manager, Carol Heidschuster, said: “We are enormously grateful to the HLF and Lincolnshire County Council.”