Bridgend College learner described as a ‘shining star’

Bridgend College learner, John Higgins, has recently won the award for ‘Outstanding Technical Student – Land Based’ at the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) ‘Outstanding Achievers’ Awards. The ceremony was held at Fanshaws, Hertfordshire, in October and was attended by HRH Prince Michael of Kent.

John was proudly nominated by the College’s Construction Plant and Machinery Maintenance team. Following his nomination, John was then shortlisted and invited to attend the IMI ‘Outstanding Achievers’ Awards Ceremony on October the 18th. These awards represent the 600+ training centres that currently work with the IMI.

Prior to taking up his apprenticeship with Komatsu Mining Germany (KMG), John initially studied Vehicle Systems Technology. Despite enjoying the course, this wasn’t where his passion lay. That was firmly with construction plant equipment and the bigger, the better.

John managed to eventually secure employment with the Walters Group as a general workshop assistant but not one to give up, he continued to canvas employers and eventually secured an interview with KMG, based at Ffos y Fran opencast coal mine in Merthyr Tydfil.

John’s employer said that since working at the organisation, he has proven to be a much liked and well respected member of the team.

“He is diligent, enthusiastic and totally committed to doing a good job and seeing everything through until the end. He is a valued member of the KMG team, and somebody who has the potential to go far in his career.”

John’s lecturer at Bridgend College, Richard Oaten, also commended him by saying,

“Being slightly older than some of his peers, John has been a shining light. He has provided support and guidance to the less experienced members of his peer group and ensured where possible, a team ethos has been adopted, ensuring that all of his peers have achieved their potential.

After taking up employment with KMG and starting with us at Bridgend College John has proved to be a highly motivated apprentice who applies himself fully to all set tasks. He has since progressed onto the Level 3 programme and will be hoping to be entered again for ‘Stars of the Future’ at Level 3.”

IMI is the professional association for individuals working in the retail motor industry, transforming the automotive industry by setting, upholding and promoting professional standards – driving skills acquisition, establishing clearer career paths, and boosting public confidence.

Established in 1920, the IMI filled a specific need for individuals desiring recognition for their accomplishments, and the recognition they received led to a steady growth in membership.

Congratulations John, from all at Bridgend College.