Students awarded as age proves no barrier

Age proved to be no barrier for students in education recently, when over 50 people ranging from teenagers to forty-year-olds were presented with awards at a special ceremony at Somerset College in Taunton recently.

MP Jeremy Browne congratulated the students and presented them with certificates, while a wide range of sponsors from industry presented awards.

The Construction and Technology Award Ceremony was held to celebrate students’ achievements and nearly 200 students, guests and sponsors attended.

“It’s testimony that age is no barrier when it comes to education,” said Chris Lacey, Head of Construction and Technology at Somerset College.

Sponsors from a wide range of industry presented students with everything from vouchers and work wear to tool sets and even a TV.

“We really appreciate the awards from our sponsors. It means a great deal to the students and the College as a whole, to have the continued support of local industry in spite of the current economic climate,” said Ms Lacey.

Caption: The prize winners of the Carpentry and Joinery awards, sponsored by the Institute of Carpenters, with prizes from Draper Tools. The picture shows, left to right, Duncan King of the Institute of Carpenters; student Neil Parsons; Chris Lacey, Head of Construction and Technology; student Dean Rawles; MP Jeremy Browne and student Lloyd Hunt.