Coveted accolade for Derg apprentice Luke

A CASTLEDERG student carpenter has been crowned the coveted 2021 ‘Apprentice Award’ winner at the Federation of Master Builder Awards (FMB).

After showcasing excellent craftsmanship. Level 3 Site Carpentry apprentice Luke Emery praised both South West College and Castlederg-based firm, Lowry Building and Civil Engineering, for their amazing support and encouragement throughout his career.

Talented Luke obtained his GCSEs at Omagh Academy but decided A-Levels wasn’t for him. In pursuit of alternative post 16 courses, Luke attended a South West College Open Day and enrolled on a Level 3 BTEC in Business and commenced employment in a building company’s office, gaining valuable work experience directly related to his course.


But he subsequently realised that working in an office wasn’t for him.

Changing direction, he enrolled on a more practical level 2 NVQ in Wood Occupations and progressed further a level 3 NVQ in Site Carpentry, which incorporated a mix of working, earning and learning, allowing him to develop and perfect his skill as a joinery tradesman.

Luke’s practical talent didn’t go unrecognised, and he successfully went onto achieve one of the most highly regarded awards within his trade, the ‘Apprentice Award’ at the FMB Builder Awards 2021.

He said, “My experience with South West College was outstanding. I enjoyed the learning environment throughout all my courses and have gained vital skills which have helped me carve out a rewarding joinery career.

“My career plan is to continue learning and increasing my knowledge in my chosen trade, and down the line I would like to pursue construction management.”

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