Jamie's memory honoured with college award - The Rugby Observer

Jamie's memory honoured with college award

Rugby Editorial 14th Aug, 2023   0

A STUDENT who has excelled in both his theory and practical work has been presented with an inaugural award to honour a talented plumbing student who passed away last year.

Jack Kettleborough has been presented with the Jamie Rees Award for Excellence in Workmanship at Rugby College’s annual Student Awards event.

Jack, who is studying building services at the college, was presented with the award after demonstrating excellent and precise practical work in which he showed good knowledge of the materials and components, as well as excelling in his theory.

The award was created in honour of Jamie Rees, who suffered an unexplained cardiac arrest on New Year’s Day 2022 and passed away on January 5 at University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire at the age of 18.

He was studying for his Level 2 City and Guilds Certificate in Plumbing at Rugby College, for which he was posthumously awarded a distinction, and had dreams of going on to form a plumbing and heating company with two of his best friends.

He was also an apprentice for his uncle, Terry Barker, who recognised Jamie’s excellent practical skills, attention to detail and the high level of customer service he gave.

The award was created to celebrate students with similar qualities, such as carrying out excellent practical skills or showing the ability to think outside of the box in a difficult or challenging situation.

This year’s award was sponsored by Terry alongside MKM building supplies, and was presented with a £300 MKM voucher.

Jack said: “I’m extremely thankful to receive the very first Jamie Rees Award. It was such a surprise, and the £300 voucher will help me excel in my studies as I progress to my second year in September and also support with any work I do outside of college.

“I have ambitions to work for my dad’s company and would love to give him an early retirement.”

The Jamie Rees Award for Excellence in Workmanship is set to run for ten years, with Terry sponsoring it alongside a different company each year.

It was presented by Jamie’s auntie Natasha Barker at the awards evening held at the college.

She said: “It was an honour to present the award to Jack at Rugby College’s Student Awards event.

“Jamie was excellent at practical work, and it was fantastic to hear how Jack is also excelling in this area – he is a very worthy winner of the award.

“We wish Jack all the best for the future and hope that the voucher helps purchase equipment that will help him progress even further.

“We would also like to thank MKM building supplies for sponsoring the award.”



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