Student Awards

A massive congratulations and well done to all the young people who have worked very hard this year to achieve their BTEC Level 1 in Construction qualifications and PVC are pleased to announce an overall achievement rate of 66%. 


Our Centre manager, Martin Grayston, has passed this message on to the outstanding young people: 


“I would like to congratulate all our students who have worked so hard this year and gained a recognised qualification, even though the last term was cut short by the pandemic. It was great to see so many of our young people gaining new skills, see their confidence grow and watching them progress onto an apprenticeship, job or further training. This is the most rewarding part of my job. I am proud of every one of them as I am my team who work hard to support everyone who comes through our door.” 

Here what Martin had to say about our 2019/2020 award winners below:

student of the year Student of the Year Award – Jack, Sponsored by Conlon Construction

Jack has been nominated for the Manager's Award of ‘Student of the year’ due to his hard work, enthusiasm and his keenness to learn in every trade. Jack is a good role model to others in the group and the fact that he was polite, respectful and has all the attributes that make a good apprentice. He achieved the BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Construction which is fully deserved due to his dedication to complete each task given and he was motivated to stay behind after sessions to learn more. He fully deserves gaining an apprenticeship with JFN solutions and I wish Jack all the best for the future.

All round award winner Best All Round Ability Award – Callum McLean, Sponsored by Community Gateway Association

Callum has shown a good skill level in all the trade units and continued to grow as a student and as a person throughout the year. His enthusiasm is infectious and his support for other students was fantastic to see.

Most improvedMost Improved Student Award – Hannah Pattison, Sponsored by Travis Perkins

Hannah has shown a huge amount of enthusiasm and determination when completing any of the tasks in the trades, although she had no experience she showed interest and a willingness to learn new skills. Her willingness helped her build her skill level and fully achieve her goals.

Volunteer of the year Volunteer of the Year Award – Peter Hodgkinson, Sponsored by Sika

Peter has proven to be a valuable asset to the centre throughout the year supporting and teaching young people a range of skills in clay modelling and also supporting the staff team with the other trades. He has given so much to many people and we are truly thankful for his unwavering support.

Building maintenance winner Outstanding Achievement in Building Maintenance Award – Jack Stileman, Sponsored by JFN

Jack has been nominated for this award for his hard work, enthusiasm and keenness to learn. Jack is a good role model to others in the group with his politeness and respectfulness, all the attributes that make him a good apprentice. Jack fully deserves gaining an apprenticeship with JFN Integrated Solutions Ltd and we wish Jack all the best for the future.

Platering Winner Outstanding Achievement in Plastering Award - Evan

Evan has been chosen for this award due to his interest in the subject and the skill level he demonstrated throughout - which improves with each lesson. From the very start his natural ability for the subject was evident. He passed his plastering qualification with flying colours and produced a very good standard of work. Evan is hardworking, not afraid to get his hands dirty and has great potential to become a plasterer or qualified tradesperson in the future.

Brickwork winner Outstanding Achievement in Brickwork Award - Dylan Lawrenson

Dylan always works well and is an enthusiastic, neat and tidy student with a good level of trowel skills. He is keen to learn all aspects of construction, he asks lots of questions and listens well to instruction. Dylan constantly strived for the best in brickwork.

Plumbing winner Outstanding Achievement in Plumbing Award - Matthew Shaw

Matthew is a polite and well-mannered young man who is always willing to help. He has a very high skill level in plumbing and works with a great attention to detail. He produces work to a very high standard, is enthusiastic, always asking questions and wanting to learn more. Matthew is a natural plumber and is already working above the level 1 standard. He has all the attributes to become an excellent plumber and is developing into a fine young man.

Joinery Winner Outstanding Achievement in Joinery and Carpentry Award - Gabe Watson

Gabe shows a high level of skill in the trade units and he produced an excellent standard of work throughout the course. Gabe is a credit to his school and he always supports others with their work so that everyone can achieve.

Painting and decorating Outstanding Achievement in Painting and Decorating Award - Callum 

Callum is enthusiastic in all aspects of the painting and decorating unit. He always uses the skills that he has learnt and continues to build his skill level. Callum has produced some outstanding pieces of work within the units.


PVC would also like to say special thanks to the schools and local businesses that sponsored the awards evening – Community Gateway Association, Conlon Construction, Travis Perkins, JFN Integrated Solutions and Sika. 


“Congratulations to all the award winners at PVC for your hard work this year. PVC has provided an excellent opportunity for you to gain not only the skills and knowledge but also the values and attitude needed to be successful in your chosen area. You have done exceptionally well to win an award from PVC and I wish you all the best for the future.” 

Peter Higham, Head teacher at Great Arley School


“Congratulations to all our Preston Vocational Centre graduates. Unfortunately, we are unable to be together this year to celebrate your achievements at the annual awards ceremony. So, I would like to say how proud I am of you all and the qualifications you have achieved. I hope that many of you will continue your journey in construction and become the skilled and brilliant construction workers of the future. I hope your time at PVC has helped you to believe in yourselves and in your future. I wish you the best of luck and remember always strive to be the best you can be.” 

Julie Bather, Chair of the Board

A massive congratulations once again to all the students!