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Annual Student Awards 2012 Winner: Vocational Achievement (Olympic / Paralympic value of Excellence)

Posted 27th February


Mark Welfare enrolled onto a Level 1 Carpentry & Joinery course. During this time he achieved a Distinction grade and was among the highest scorers for this theory exam in the country.

In his second year he studied Bench Joinery Level 2 where he achieved a Distinction grade and was again amongst the highest scorers in the country.

In addition to his course success, Mark has won numerous competitions throughout his time at the College.

He won second place twice in the regional heat of the prestigious Skillbuild competition – for Joinery in 2010 and for Carpentry in 2011. Last year, he also won a gold medal at the regional skills showcase, a construction skills competition organised by the Olympic Development Agency, beating off stiff competition from other Colleges in the London and South East area.

A Highly Commended certificate was also awarded to Mark by City & Guilds in recognition of his outstanding work.

Alongside his studies, Mark began work as a self-employed carpenter and joiner and his reputation rose immensely owing to his high quality work.

After he successfully completed the Carpentry and Joinery courses, he went on to study Site Carpentry and unsurprisingly mirrored his past achievements.

This year Mark has enrolled onto a Level 3 Bench Joinery course and is again producing work of an exceptionally high standard.

Next year he plans to enrol on the Level 3 Site Carpentry course, which means he will have been with HCC for a total of five years making him one of the most qualified Carpenter and Joiners in the country today, at considerable expense to himself in terms of fees and time.

We know he’ll continue to achieve and have already begun filling in the competition forms!