Rail Academy award winners

The Rail Academy awards celebrated the success of hard-working students.

VGC sponsored a number of categories in the awards, as we did for the inaugural awards last year.

The students were addressed by David Morgan of Network Rail, before the prizes were announced by Noel Milligan, P-way lecturer and course leader.

This year’s categories sponsored by VGC were:

Ryan White
Ryan White
  • Level 2 Most improved – won by Ryan White
  • Level 2 Student of the year – won by Alex Marsden and Anthony Whiteford
  • Level 3 First year most improved – won by Owen Pemberton
  • Level 3 Second year most improved – won by Rob Hall

Yo Race, one of twelve Rail Academy students who have been offered primary sponsorship on VGC’s next available project, won the Level 3 Year 1 Student of the Year award.

Owen Pemberton
Owen Pemberton

Anthony Iley, VGC contracts supervisor, presented their awards to the winning students on VGC’s behalf. He said: “It’s an honour for VGC to sponsor these awards. Although individuals are being rewarded tonight, everyone in the room is a winner for starting themselves on a great career path, no matter what direction it may take you.”

Rob Hall
Rob Hall

“We are pleased to support the Rail Academy and the students keen to make a career in the challenging and exciting world of railway engineering,” said Graham Piggott, director of VGC Labour Solutions.

Yo Race
Yo Race

“We are grateful to VGC for their support of the Rail Academy and of our students,” said Newcastle College’s Head of Rail Marc McPake. “They are helping us develop the next generation of rail engineers who will drive the UK’s infrastructure forward.”

The photograph at the top of the page shows from left to right: Alex Marsden, Noel Milligan, Anthony Whiteford, and Anthony Iley.

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