An Eastleigh apprentice has proven himself to be a cut above the rest by winning a learning award.
Stuart Bunney, 23, scooped the award for the Advanced Apprentice of the Year at Southampton City College’s award ceremony last night (November 11).
He completed Levels 2 and 3 of the bricklaying apprenticeship, gaining distinctions in both the ICA Knowledge Test and GOLA Tests – a feat described by his tutors as “an incredible achievement”.
The award is the icing on the cake after a successful time studying at City College. In 2009 he had the chance to meet and talk to the then Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, as he visited the college.
Stuart works as an apprentice bricklayer for his father Keith’s building firm. He is now planning to obtain further qualifications in roofing and JCB work in order to expand his repertoire of skills.
Stuart said: “It feels very surreal to have won an award but it is great. It’s boosted my confidence.”
The glittering awards ceremony held at The Novotel, was hosted by four time World Super bike Champion, Carl “Foggy” Fogarty.
Around 250 guests, including local employers, attended the ceremony and celebrated the success of around 40 students.