Cheshire College Engineering Learner Awarded Industry Accolade

An Engineering learner at Cheshire’s largest provider of post-16 education has been recognised by world leading professional organisation, The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) for his high calibre of work. 

Level 3 Engineering learner at Cheshire College’s Crewe Campus, Joe Lightfoot, received the 2020 Education Award in Engineering as part of IET Merseyside and Western Cheshire Local Network’s Student Excellence Awards after being nominated by his tutors for the work he produced, as well as his conduct in class, outstanding effort, and attainment.

Currently in his second year at the College, Joe has completed a range of modules towards his Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in Engineering including mathematics, thermodynamic projects, engineering drawing and electrical design. 

Joe receiving his IET Education Award from Assistant Director Daniel Hunter
and Engineering Lecturer Tim Whitefoot

Commenting on his award win, 18-year-old Joe from Wistaston said: “I was completely surprised when I was told by my tutor that I’d won the IET Education Award. I’ve always had a passion for engineering and to be recognised for my work by one of the biggest institutes in the industry is a real honour. 

“My tutors have been extremely supportive during my two years at College, especially during the most recent lockdown when we were completing assignments to go towards our final grades. I’m looking forward to continuing my journey within engineering and I’m currently in the application stages of a couple of degree apprenticeships and winning the IET Education Award has really helped with these.”

Rob McDonald, Volunteer Chair of the IET Merseyside and Western Cheshire Local Network, commented: “The IET Local Network is very keen to recognise excellent Engineering students through the IET Local Network’s Student Excellence Awards. The awards are both to encourage the awardee and as encouragement to fellow students at colleges and universities in our area.

“We are very pleased to make the award to Joe on the recommendation of his tutors at Cheshire College – he is a deserving recipient of the 2020 IET Student Excellence Award at Cheshire College.  The IET Local Network’s Education Team looks forward to hearing how Joe’s studies and career in Engineering progresses and to recognise other excellent students in future years at Cheshire College.”

Daniel Hunter, Assistant Director of Engineering at Cheshire College, commented: “I am delighted Joe was the recipient of this year’s IET Education Award. He is a diligent and conscientious learner and has shown great leadership with his peers. He truly is a brilliant example of what makes a great learner and it’s fantastic to have played a part in his career journey so far. 

“At Cheshire College we strive to stretch and challenge our learners to achieve their full potential, providing them with inspiring and innovative experiences and equipment to do so. Joe is one of our learners who will have, this year, benefitted from using the advanced state-of-the-art technology we have available across the College such as 3D printers, handheld scanners and robotic arms. This equipment has revolutionised our learners’ experience after Cheshire College was prioritised by the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnerships Local Growth Fund as one of the further education providers in the region best placed to deliver digital and STEM-related training and education as part of a £5 million programme of investment.”

Cheshire College offers a wide variety of full-time Engineering courses within their Electrical, Electronic & Mechanical Engineering department, ranging from Level 3 through to Higher National Certificates and Diplomas. With access to industry-standard equipment in real workshop environments, learners at Cheshire College develop their skills and knowledge in a range of specialisms and have the opportunity to work with local employers such as Bentley Motors, Vauxhall, Ecolab and National Grid.

To find out more about studying Engineering at Cheshire College click here – there’s never been a better time to #GetInStandOut.