IOC Student Member

Issue 3 Christmas 2020 

Winning ways

From IOC President
Geoff Rhodes 

It may be almost midwinter but there's plenty to celebrate apart from Christmas! In this issue we celebrate the amazing work being undertaken by our student members across the country and the awards, bursaries and competitions they're winning. In working with wood we are all winners. Wood is good for the climate, locking up CO2, so even if you haven't yet won an award yourself, by working in carpentry & joinery you're helping the world to win the battle on climate change.  Long may you continue to  work at the forefront of sustainability, and work towards leaving a great legacy in the future, in the best traditions of carpenters and joiners across the centuries. We hope you enjoy this issue of  'In the Groove' and contact me if you have any queries or comments.

A bursary for Luke

Everyone has found the changing college environment a challenge this year. But IOC student member Luke Hodson, a student at East Riding College's Construction Department, recently won a local business bursary for the enthusiasm with which he's undertaken his studies through lockdown.  Well done Luke! Keep up the great work!

First-ever 3rd Year Student Awards

Held among the colleges which had hosted a City Hub launch in the last 18 months, the IOC's first-ever 3rd Year Student Awards saw work of an incredibly high standard being presented by students. Overall winner, Matthew Mead from the Building Crafts College in London took home the set of tools donated by Axminster Tools. Three Highly Commended Awards went to Martin Gilmore of Newcastle College in the north east; Owen Phillips of Coleg Sir Gar in west Wales, and Phillip Bentley of Accrington & Rossendale College in the north west, who each received a certificate and an Axminster Tools voucher. Each winner is a credit to our industry and will have a very bright future ahead of them. Congratulations to all of you!  

Off to World Skills 
Congratulations to Alex Howe, joinery student at West Suffolk College, who has won himself a place in the UK Squad for the next World Skills championships, re-schedueld for 2022 in China. Wood skills can take you all over the world, it seems!

Joinery skills win at the Wood Awards

The Brockeridge Stair has been announced as the winner of the Building Interiors category at this year's Wood Awards. This project pioneered the use of BIM - Building Information Modelling - techniques. Watch the video to see more.
Re-scheduled: Next City Hub launch

Due to pandemic-related issues, the next City Hub launch to be hosted by Leeds College of Building will now take place in the spring; the date currently in the diary is Tuesday 30th March 2021, subject to confirmation nearer the time. Keep up to date on our Student member Twitter and Instagram feeds.

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