Former Tollbar Academy student Lewis scooped the ‘ITEC Learner of the Year’ gong at the national ECITB awards.  The ECITB is the statutory skills body for the engineering construction industry in Great Britain.

Having completed the pre-apprenticeship ITEC programme, Lewis Colbrook is now continuing to work towards achieving his apprenticeship whilst in industry with Environmental Systems and Services UK Limited.  He was delighted to win the award stating, “I wasn’t expecting anything.  You don’t expect to pick up an award for something that you enjoy doing.” Lewis continued, “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 is continuing on his programme after spending a year at the CATCH site in Immingham, he is now out in industry with an employer at Environmental Systems and Services UK Ltd.  Lewis didn’t tell his employer before he went to the awards ceremony as he was certain he wouldn’t win.  When his employer, Paul Nugent (Managing Director at Environmental Systems and Services UK Limited) found out about his success 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%.  He continued, “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) 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.”