The Alliance of Sector Skills Councils

Awards for Excellence 2011

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Award Categories and Winners

Heating and Ventilating Operative of the Year                               Joseph Ogle                                                                                           Employer: Bailey Building Services                                                       Training provider: Bailey Engineering Academy

Joe's task was to cut, thread, weld and install pipework with temperature controls, commissioning valves and a circulating pump, all to a high standard and tight specification. The whole installation was then scrutinised and pressure tested by industry experts who marked the competitors on their work. Joe impressed the SkillPIPE judges with his superb welding and excellent pipe fitting skills. 




                                                                                   Plumbing Operative of the Year                                                           Tom King                                                                                              Employer: Brian King Plumbing and Heating Ltd                                    Training provider: Grimbsy Institute


                                                                                           Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Operative of the                               Year                                                                                                       Shaun Bann                                                                                           Employer: Godfrey and Lappage Services Ltd                                       Training provider: College of North West London



Electrotechnical Operative of the Year                                                Adrian Canning                                                                                      Employer: RMG Electrics                                                                         Training provider: North West Regional College


                                                                              Experience Existing Worker of the Year (Mechanical)               Alasdair Duncan                                                                                    Employer: Romec Building Services                                                       Training provider: North Glasgow College

Having started as a metal worker with Romec Building Services in 2000, Alasdair has gone on to complete many training courses and last year started his Level 2 HVAC Service and Maintenance course. He hopes to complete Level 3 early next year.

Alasdair has continued his personal development to increase his experience and demonstrate his depth of knowledge within the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) industry. He enjoys the challenges the job provides and completing additional training has increased his confidence and enabled Alasdair to become one of the most highly skilled engineers within his company.


                                                                Experience Existing Worker of the Year (Electrical)                         Ian Hall-Edwards

Employer: Plumbers Electricians Carpenters Ltd (PEC)

A carpenter and joiner by trade, as owner of PEC Ltd Ian is passionate about the industry so decided to take the vocational route to change careers and the direction of the business. He has over the past five years completed various City & Guilds electrical courses including installations, inspection, testing and certification of electrical installations, installing and testing of domestic photovoltaic systems and PAT testing.

Ian thoroughly enjoys widening his skill base and knowledg and last year he took on an apprentice. He has purchased an old school which he is renovating to incorporate green technologies. and his ambition is to live in this future proof home.


                                                                                          Technician Engineer of the Year                                                           Lee Tabis                                                                                               Employer: Bailey Building Services                                                       Training provider: Leeds College of Building

Lee has an interest in science and mathematics. He chose to leave school and complete an apprenticeship to learn and demonstrate these skills through the vocational route rather than the traditional higher education path. Lee has gone on to complete a BTEC National Diploma and a Higher National Diploma in Building Services Engineering.

He has become an important member of an already effective design team at Bailey Building Services. His dedication to training and his recognition of the need for change is reflected in his responsibility for the continuous professional development and training of the branch’s design and project engineers. Lee would like to continue with his studies and complete a degree and PHD in the sector.


                                                                                           The Happold Trust (Bursary)                                                                Paul Fingland
Employer: Taylor and Fraser Limited                                                    Training provider: North Glasgow College

Paul has worked his way up through the crafts modern apprenticeship route, having completed his SVQ Level 2 and 3 in mechanical engineering services. 

Some of the challenges Paul has learnt from since working in this industry include pulling together complex contracts, involving numerous trades in an increasingly difficult financial climate and under tight time constraints, whilst still being able to produce a quality end product. 


                                                                                            The Alfred Manly Management Award                                                  Tom Howard
Employer: Bailey Building Services
Tom has been employed for the past five years with Bailey Building Services. During his employment he has equipped himself with a stream of qualifications.

Tom is currently the project manager for Linklaters London and has worked on other projects at London Heathrow Terminal 4 and Brighton Community Football Stadium. He faces many challenges ahead with the current climate create demanding competition at all levels. His reward is knowing that as a project manager his work has achieved effective, technologically advanced or sustainable systems.


                                                                                   Professional Engineer of the Year (Ann Noblett Memorial Scholarship)                                                                                          Natasha Jones
Employer: JW Morris                                                                               Training Provider: University of Glamorgan
Natasha started at JW Morris as a CAD technician and has progressed to project manager over the past eight years. Since the start of her degree in building services engineering she has undertaken further responsibilities as a project engineer, ensuring projects complete on time and in budget.

Natasha feels one of the greatest challenges faced today by the building engineering services sector is ensuring renewable technologies are installed  correctly so they achieve their design potential.


                                                                                      Environmental Excellence Award                                                   

Lee Summers
Employer: Alumet Group                                                                        Training provider: Leadership Trust

Passionate about renewables as a teenager, Lee completed his degree in environmental management and went on to complete a master’s degree in renewable energy for the built environment. He has worked in the UK and Canada delivering many innovative eco-build projects and joined the Alumet Group to help them develop their ISO standards. He has since been promoted to technical director, specialising in solar photovoltaics (PV).

Lee aspires to make Alumet the most sustainable company operating in the UK by 2014, to make the company generate all of its energy from renewable technologies (in air source heat pumps, photovoltaic panels and solar thermal panels), and to achieve zero landfill.

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