Scunthorpe engineering student building bright future after winning national Learner of the Year award

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 9 Nov 2018

A Scunthorpe student has been named as the best in the country for his course.

Lewis Colbrook of North Lindsey College was given the Learner of the Year gong for the Introduction to Engineering Construction course.

He picked up at the award in London at a ceremony for the ECITB Awards for engineering.

Lewis, who previously attended Tollbar Academy in the Grimsby area, said: "I wasn’t expecting anything. You don’t expect to pick up an award for something that you enjoy doing.

"I was overwhelmed and proud of everything that I have achieved from college.

"The course was really good and I would recommend anyone wanting to work in industry to do it. It really has created a lot of opportunities for me."


Lewis Colbrook is a student at North Lindsey College in Scunthorpe (Image: David Haber/Scunthorpe Live)

Lewis has completed the pre-apprenticeship ITEC program and is now gaining practical workplace experience with Environmental Systems and Services UK Ltd.

However, he was so certain he wouldn't win that he didn't tell the company until after the awards ceremony, so it was a pleasant surprise for them.

Paul Nugent, the managing director the company, said: "As a company we are very proud of Lewis achieving Learner of the Year, he has become a real asset to the company.

"Lewis has excelled in his approach to work ethic and when tasks are given to him, he carries them out 100 per cent.

"Lewis is a quick learner, and already is showing signs of becoming a good electrician in his own right. ESS UK Ltd want to keep hold of Lewis as he will be no doubt a major part of the company."

Jill Cooper, director of business development and apprenticeships at North Lindsey College in Scunthorpe, said: "The college are delighted that Lewis has been given this prestigious award.

"The ECITB supported programme is a fantastic opportunity to support and encourage young people into the industry.

"Lewis has demonstrated in practice that with the right attitude and commitment to his learning that an employer can recognise this and offer an opportunity for progression to employment and an apprenticeship.

"Many congratulations to Lewis and we are delighted to continue in partnership with ECITB, offering the Introduction to Engineering programme to even more learners this year."



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