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Date: 03/08/2018

Pershore College is celebrating the success of two of its engineering apprentices being awarded a Medal for Excellence by the educational organisation City and Guilds.

Luke Hill and Matt Davis, who are land based service engineering apprentices, were presented with their medals at the college on 10 July in recognition of their exceptional talents. Both have gained Level 2 Diplomas in Work based Land based Service Engineering (Groundcare).
Luke Hill, from Hitchin, Hertfordshire, was recognised for his outstanding work with land based machinery dealership, Ernest Doe & Sons, where he is employed as a Horticultural Service Apprentice. He said: “I am so happy to receive this award. When I joined Ernest Doe, I knew that I wanted to get an apprenticeship and that this was the kind of job I wanted to have but I didn't have much confidence. When I joined the company, my manager arranged for me to start the Land Based Engineering course at Pershore College.
“At college it was so good to find people who are genuinely interested in what I am doing and helping me develop my skills. I have gained so much confidence in the last three years. This kind of recognition gives me a real boost to continue working hard so I can't wait to start my second year of Level 3.”
Angus Doe, Service Director, Ernest Doe & Sons, said: “We are firm believers in staff training and development, and our long-standing commitment to Service Apprenticeships is the cornerstone of this. We are immensely proud that Luke has won a City and Guilds Medal of Excellence and sincerely congratulate him on this achievement. His positive mindset, hard work and dedication along with a willingness to learn and master the role have allowed him to achieve at a high level in a short space of time. We see a bright future ahead for him within the company.”
Matt Davis, a Groundcare Apprentice (Service and Technical Support), from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, had very little mechanical experience prior to starting his apprenticeship at Kubota UK. He originally went to university to study criminology with a view to joining the police. However, during his course he became somewhat unconvinced with his career choice and decided to look at alternative options.
He said: "I am proud to win this award which recognises the hard work I've put into my Level 2 qualification. I've really enjoyed my experience as an apprentice and would like to express my gratitude to my tutor from Pershore for his expert guidance, teaching and passion for service engineering. Being an apprentice has given me the foundation for a long and successful career in the industry and the opportunity to earn a wage whilst doing so."
Mike Bywater, Group Training Manager, Kubota, said: “We are extremely proud of Matt winning this very prestigious award, this is a fantastic achievement for both him and the college. I really hope that this serves as an inspiration to new and current students working towards a City and Guilds qualification to show what can be achieved if you put your heart and mind into your studies. An apprentice scheme in land based engineering provides you with an excellent qualification and I would strongly recommend for anyone interested to find out more.”
The prestigious Medals for Excellence have been awarded by the City & Guilds Group for over 100 years. They celebrate exceptional talent among learners who have achieved great results by not only producing exceptional work, but by going above and beyond what is expected to achieve their goals. This year just 61 medals have been awarded from over two million students completing courses worldwide.
Mark Eden, Director of Work based Learning said: “We are immensely proud of Luke and Matt. Their attitude to work and learning has been exemplary and they thoroughly deserve to receive these celebrated awards.
“It is also very rare that two winners should not only come from the same industry sector, but the same college, so these medals are testament to the hard work and dedication of the staff in our land based service engineering team.
“A career working in land based engineering is both rewarding and challenging and an engineering apprenticeship gives anyone the opportunity to train or indeed retrain to get ahead in this dynamic and wide ranging sector.”
Work as a land based service engineer involves maintaining a range of machinery, plant and equipment in the agricultural, forestry and horticultural industries. The industry sector is currently experiencing a shortage in qualified engineers along with an aging workforce so job opportunities are excellent with many more jobs than there are people to fill them.
For further information about training and land based engineering apprenticeship opportunities at Pershore College go to or call 0300 4560047.