Hat-trick of awards for talented Emma

Hat-trick of awards for talented Emma

One of Trafford College’s most celebrated Heating and Ventilation apprentices, Emma Hanson-Coates, has been recognised at the annual BESA North West Region Awards

The BESA Awards, which were celebrated at a glittering ceremony at the Manchester Crown Plaza on Oxford Road on Saturday 22nd June, recognise apprentices and employers within the building services industry who have had outstanding achievements over the past year. Winners from the regional awards will now be entered into the National Awards on 21 November, which will take place at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London.

 Emma, who was crowned overall winner at last year’s student apprenticeship awards, and also runner up at Altrincham and Sale Chamber awards, was recognised for her dedication to her apprenticeship programme and her efforts in championing women in STEM industries. From her early career with the armed forces in Iraq, to her role as an apprentice, Emma has shown complete dedication in every role she undertakes, which led to her being chosen as the face of a recruitment drive encouraging women in industry.

Such were her capabilities, even in the early stages of her apprenticeship, that she was entrusted with major UK installation projects. Her ultimate goal is to show future apprentices the benefits and opportunities that this industry can provide by becoming a college tutor.

Joining Emma for the event was fellow Trafford College apprentice Ian Maby, who celebrated being shortlisted for the Level 2 Heating and Ventilation Apprentice award.

Also cheering her on at the ceremony was Heating and Ventilating Lecturer, Bob Barlow. He commented, “It was a great achievement for Trafford College to have both Emma and Ian nominated as finalists for the North West BESA Apprentice of the year awards.  While studying at the college, both students have made a real contribution through their energetic attitudes, and their enthusiasm motivates the whole class. Being nominated for these awards is testament to their hard work and commitment portrayed at college and at their place of work, and which was emphasised by the number of colleagues from Laing O’Rourke and BMECH Services who attended the presentation in support of Emma and Ian.”

Emma added, ‘Winning the Apprentice of the Year award was such an amazing moment for me as I really didn't believe for one minute that I would win. The category was so incredibly strong and to be honest, just being nominated for the award was such an achievement in itself. It’s a fantastic feeling to be recognised for my work and to know how much support I have from Laing O'Rourke and Trafford College.”



*Emma was overall winner at Trafford College's Student Apprenticeship awards in 2018.

*She came second in the Apprentice of the Year category at the Altrincham & Sale Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, 2018.