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Students build skills in design competition

OUTSTANDING student design projects have been recognised in a competition to combine classroom learning and industry application.

Northallerton School and Sixth Form College students Aidan Geach and Emily Goodyear were presented with the Design Technology Student of the Year award by managing director of Walter Thompson Building Contractors and Construction Company Paul Hammerton.

The annual award, established by Walter Thompson in 2015, is aimed at encouraging students to consider a career within the construction industry.

Mr Hammerton, a former student at the North Yorkshire school, said: “Our company has a close relationship with Northallerton School and Sixth Form College with senior members of the Walter Thompson team regularly coming in to speak to students about the many opportunities within our firm.

“The annual student of the year competition helps inspire pupils interested in careers in design and construction to go the extra mile. Both Aidan and Emily’s submissions really stood apart from the others with their complexity and attention to detail.”

Walter Thompson’s well-established and respected apprenticeship programme, which has been in operation for over 50 years, has already seen three out of the past four student winners take up roles within the company.

Northallerton School and Sixth Form College design technology teacher Geoff Simpson said: “The Walter Thompson’s apprenticeship scheme offers an attractive and viable alternative to full-time university, especially as the students can earn as they learn and remain debt-free.

“Mr Hammerton sets the most exacting standards for our students with a strong emphasis on quality.”

Emily’s construction of a three-storey energy efficient model home was chosen for its winning style and the inclusion of a wind turbine.

“Designing the property took me about a month and the construction around four months,” she said.

“I am truly grateful to receive the award because I really feel I have been rewarded for all my hard work and have something to show for it.”

Aidan, of Northallerton,who produced an elaborately inlaid chessboard with storage, was highly commended by Mr Hammerton for his skilful design, precision of construction and innovative attention to detail.

The 16-year-old said: “I was surprised but felt proud to win the award as I put a lot of work and effort into my work.”

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