College hosts event in engineering excellence

College hosts event in engineering excellence

L-R: Garry Warillow (GE Alstom), Karen Dobson (NULC Principal), Dave Halliwell (Curriculum Leader for Higher Education in Engineering), Clive Gilbey, Simon Hughes and Mike Collins (IET North West Midlands)

Two engineering students from Newcastle-under-Lyme College have been recognised for their hard work and commitment by a leading industry body, The Institute of Engineering Technology (IET).

Students Clive Gilbey, 37 and Simon Hughes, 33 were each presented with the IET Local Network Prize for Student Excellence at a prize giving event held at the College on Tuesday 9 February 2016.

The certificate and cash presentation was made by Mike Collins of the IET North West Midlands Network who said: “The IET is dedicated to developing the next generation of engineers. This award is for students with the ambition to progress to professional engineer status so we wish both Clive and Simon wonderful careers with lots of challenges and enjoyment.”

The event was attended by high profile employer GE Alstom and engineering industry stakeholders, along with the College’s Principal and Chief Executive Karen Dobson who said: “We’re incredibly proud at NULC of the students contribution to our engineering department, both Clive and Simon have achieved the highest distinction levels in their course and are looking forward to furthering their careers in the engineering sector.”

Clive, who recently won the Staffordshire University Best Student award across all partner colleges, joined in 2010, where he has since progressed from Level 3 onto a Foundation Degree in Electrical Engineering whilst working for GE Alstom as a High Voltage Test Engineer. He offered this advice to potential learners: “If you put in more effort outside of college hours, this will make your day in college a great deal easier and you will enjoy the day a lot more. My family and I really enjoyed the awards presentation, and it was nice for my wife and daughter to get to see where I’ve been studying over the years.”

The students were both nominated for their awards by Dave Halliwell, Curriculum Leader for Higher Education in Engineering who said: “The IET presents a yearly award to students at FE colleges who provide training for engineers. The chosen winners are selected not just for their academic ability but also their skills in working with others, their attitude to their studies and their contribution to the lessons they attend.”

Simon Hughes, who works for Midland Power Networks (MPN) has also progressed from the Level 3 Diploma onto a Foundation Degree since joining the college in 2011 said: “I really enjoyed the presentation it’s always nice to be recognised for what you do. I will continue to work hard and use my experience to further my career.”

The IET, formed in March 2006 by a merger of the Institution of Electrical Engineers and the Institution of Incorporated Engineers, has more than 150,000 members in 127 countries and is an awarding body for professional qualifications in ICT and Engineering under licence from the Engineering Council.

NULC currently works with over 500 employers across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire in a range of sectors including Construction and Engineering, Childcare, Health and Social Care, Business, Retail and Hair and Beauty, and has success rates significantly higher than the national average.

For more information about the range of courses we offer at NULC visit

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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