On Thursday 17th May 2018, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) Carpentry and Bench Joinery student Will Whitmore received the Committee of South London Principals Best Learner Award at the House of Lords.
Will started on the Bench Joinery Level 2 diploma in September 2016 and has since become a true ambassador for the college and student body, participating in both the Students’ Union and serving as a student governor on the college’s board of governors. After obtaining a Merit grade on his Level 2 course, Will has progressed on to Level 3 and has now started his Level 3 Bench Joinery apprenticeship with a leading UK joinery employer.
Outside of college, Will found part-time employment with a joinery company, which helped him to gain valuable work experience. In 2017, Will also entered the Carpenters Craft Competition, run by the Guild of Master Craftsmen, where he came 2nd place in the regional finals.
Will’s parents accompanied Will at the awards, along with his teacher Alan Rowley and Deputy Principal, Curriculum and Student Services at RuTC, John O’Shea.
John said, "It is an absolute pleasure to be able to give this award to Will, a student who has given so much to the college and its students - thoroughly deserved. We look forward to seeing what Will achieves in the future.”
Will commented, “I wasn’t expecting to win the Best Learner Award, so it was a nice surprise. I took my parents with me to the House of Lords and was also joined by my teacher Alan Rowley and Deputy Principal John O’Shea. They were all very proud of my achievements.”
After completing his apprenticeship, Will plans to stay on with his current employer before moving on to specialise in making bespoke staircases.