Natasha Williams from Llangernyw, who studies at the college’s Rhos-on-Sea campus, scooped the award at a glitzy ceremony in London.
The competition is run by the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers, and is open to all students in the UK. The ‘Student of the Year’ award is the most prestigious prize in the UK for student plasterers.
After originally being shortlisted, she and the other two finalists were invited to the capital for the annual awards ceremony. The evening comprised 11 awards, with Natasha winning the most prestigious: ‘Student of the Year’.
In front of a packed audience at Plaisterers’ Hall, the winners of the awards were announced and presented by Alderman Sir Charles Bowman of the Lord Mayors Office. The awards are a collaboration between FIS and The Worshipful Company of Plaisterers to recognise outstanding apprentices and students and individuals and organisations that have made a lasting contribution to training and development in plastering and interior trades.
Natasha said: “When my tutor first asked if it was OK for him to enter me into this competition, I didn’t think much of it. I didn’t think I was good enough, but at the same time I have immense respect for my tutors and saw an opportunity to possibly give something back.
“To find myself in the top three, and going to the awards ceremony in London was surreal. All I could think about was not letting my tutors or my college down. To win and be standing on the stage representing my college and my amazing tutors was one of the best feelings ever.
“This will be my last year as a full-time student, but I never see myself stopping learning. On completion of my current course, I plan to find an apprenticeship.
“Once I have enough experience and confidence, I look forward to starting my own business, where I will be able to pass on my knowledge, support and guidance by taking on my own apprentices. And who knows, one day I may find myself teaching students back at Coleg Llandrillo!”
Her tutor Richard Jones said: “Natasha tried a few trades before deciding on plastering, which she excelled at straight from the off. Blessed with a natural ability and a willingness to learn, she is a pleasure to teach. We are delighted for Natasha and the college’s plastering department… We have been trying to win this competition for nearly 20 years!”
The Worshipful Company of Plaisterers received its first Royal Charter in 1501, is 46th in the order of precedence of Livery Companies in the City of London and exists to encourage excellence in all aspects of plastering.
Stephen Gilbert, the Master of the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers, said on the evening: “The Company is absolutely delighted to once again be hosting these prestigious awards in our magnificent hall. This year, in an exciting move forward, we are also very pleased to have teamed up with FIS to recognise the achievements of many within Plastering and Finishes and Interior Sector."
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