Students nominated for national industry award

Dan Lapworth

Dan Lapworth

Two Eastleigh College Refrigeration and Air Conditioning apprentices, Dan Lapworth and Callum Helsdon, have been named as finalists for the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award at the ACR News Awards 2017. The awards ceremony will take place later this week on 23rd March, at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel in London.

Callum Helsdon, 23, Apprentice Engineer at K H Refrigeration, is thrilled to have been nominated by his lecturers:

It’s nice to have someone recognise the work I’m doing. It’s given me an extra bit of confidence, and I’m looking forward to networking at the awards ceremony.’

Shaun Creech, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Lecturer at Eastleigh College, nominated Callum due to his willingness to learn, and his aptitude for helping his peers with complex systems.  Shaun is also extremely proud of Dan Lapworth, 28, Cooltherm, who has come back to college to study Refrigeration after trying his hand at various other trades since leaving school.

Dan said:

‘My advice to young people is to broaden your horizons and look beyond the traditional trades.”’

He has thrived since choosing to study Refrigeration, especially when learning repair techniques,

“Maintenance is important, but repair is much more interesting because it’s something different all the time.”

Dan was also nominated last year for the ACR Trainee of the Year award.