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Dedicated tutor wins prestigious award

June 20, 2013

A dedicated plumbing tutor at West Cheshire College has been awarded a prestigious City & Guilds Medal of Excellence for being a devoted and outstanding member of staff.

George Wingfield (left) with his City & Guilds Medal of Excellence with students and Vice Principal Julie McGinn (centre).

George Wingfield, 66, from Chester was nominated by his colleagues in recognition for his work as one of the longest serving tutors at the College’s Chester Campus.

George has spent the past 10 years teaching at the College and was a part of the driving force behind the original set-up of the plumbing department when it was first opened.

When presented with his award George said: “The nomination came completely out of the blue, but it was a great feeling to know that my colleagues thought so highly of me.

“I really hope that winning this award raises the profile of the College and shows what a great place it is to come and study.

“The Campus has state-of-the art facilities and the students seem to really enjoy the environment.”

The plumbing department teaches a variety of students aged 16-19 as well as adults and provides a practical environment for students to learn in and gives them the skills and knowledge to help them find employment or set up their own business.

George has always had a close connection with the College as he first came to the Chester campus as a student to study his plumbing Apprenticeship. After working as a plumber for forty years, he decided to go into teaching as a new challenge.

On winning his Medal of Excellence, George is also invited to the Lion Awards held on Wednesday 5th June in London and has the chance to win one of 14 other prestigious awards.

On receiving his invitation to the Lion Awards George said: “I am looking forward to the event and it will definitely be an experience.

“It will be another shock if I win again, but I am just going to enjoy the evening. Unfortunately my nominator is unable to attend with me, but I get to take my wife instead.”

The City & Guilds Medal for Excellent recognises the achievement of learners, lectures and trainers across the UK and those individuals who have gone above and beyond what is expected of them.

All City & Guilds learners who have gained a City & Guilds qualification, plus lecturers and trainers who have been actively delivering City & Guilds qualifications are eligible to be nominated.

Due to his success George is eligible to win The People’s choice Lion Award which is the only category based on votes from friends, family and colleagues. For more details about the Lion Awards please visit the website and voting is open until May 17.

For more information on studying plumbing at West Cheshire College contact the College hotline on 01244 656 555 or visit        

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