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Carpentry and Bench Joinery Student Shines at Regional Carpenters' Craft Competition

Monday 16 October 2017


In 2017, Richmond upon Thames College Level 3 Carpentry and Bench Joinery student, Will Whitmore participated in the regional Carpenters’ Craft Competition, the only competition in the UK open to students of carpentry, joinery and shop fitting. Exemplary students are given the chance to showcase their work and have it judged by industry experts with £500 worth of prizes available. There are opportunities for students to take part at both a regional and national level and over 200 colleges nationwide take part in this annual competition.

Will entered the regional competition with a hanging wall sign and his entry clearly impressed judges as he secured second place. When asked about coming second place, Will said “I’m very pleased with the result, I really didn’t expect it because London is renowned for having good carpenters.” Will went on to thank the support of his teachers at RuTC, “my teachers, Alan Rowley and Nick Hart, were very supportive throughout the process and helped me to rectify any difficulties I encountered.” Andrew Spencer, Curriculum Manager for Construction Crafts at Richmond upon Thames College said, “Will is a hard-working and very talented student. Not only did he achieve second place in the regional Carpenters’ Craft Competition but he’s has also secured an apprenticeship with TimbAwood, a prestigious carpentry and joinery company in Feltham.”

As reward for coming second place, Will was presented with a cheque for £40 and will receive a special certificate from the Institute of Carpenters. In addition to this award, Will also received a student award at Richmond upon Thames College’s annual Student Awards celebrations held in September 2017. Will has now started his apprenticeship at TimbAwood and hopes to be offered a managerial position within the company upon successful completion of his apprenticeship.

Find out more about our range of Construction Craft courses we offer at Richmond upon Thames College.

Will Whitmore with Alan best

The Norwood School Wins the Young Chef of the Year Competition

Wednesday 21 March 2018


Year 11 students Thea Morales and Renee Williams-Genas from The Norwood School in Lambeth have won the final of the annual Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) Young Chef of the Year Competition, which took place on Thursday 15 March 2018.

Teams from Orleans Park and Hampton High School in Richmond, Acton High School in Ealing and Heston Community School in Hounslow all made it through to the final. Last year’s winners, Orleans Park came in second and Acton High School were third.

RuTC Young Chef of the Year Competition 2018 Finalists

Anton Manganaro, Head Chef for BAFTA, volunteered as a judge, along with RuTC’s Sharon Cousins, Director of Student Services, Barbara Gilgallon, Chair of Governors and Grant Martindale, Curriculum Director.

This year 46 teams entered the competition from 15 schools across 10 boroughs including Ealing, Southwark, Lambeth, Sutton, Camden and Kingston. 21 teams from 10 of these schools went through to the semi-finals, which took place between 21 February and 9 March.

RuTC Chef and teacher, Neal Hook, who organised this year’s competition through our Catering and Hospitality department said: “The quality of the entries this year has been superb, which made it tough to select teams to go through to the final. Thankfully the judges were able to reach a decision; if it were down to me, I would have chosen them all to win the competition!”

Thea Morales, competition winner says: “This is the first time our school has entered this completion and neither of us have entered a cooking competition before but we thought that it would be a great experience so decided to have a go. There were several other teams we were up against and many of them were food tech students with more experience cooking, especially under a stricter time limit, so we didn’t think we would stand a chance.  Despite this we were able to proceed to the finals and even win – a result that surprised us greatly especially with the great meals the other teams had prepared! We are really proud to have won the competition this year especially as we were able to use a passion of our productively.”

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