Apprentice’s national goal

Robert Iveson
Robert Iveson

ROBERT Iveson is the epitome of excellence.

The 22-year-old apprentice with Billingham firm Geoffrey Robinson has won a prestigious City and Guilds medal.

And his skills are so good, he now stands a chance of winning a national honour.

All medal winners across the country will be in with a chance of winning the City and Guilds Lion Awards which will be held on Thursday next week at the Round House, in London.

City and Guilds Medals for Excellence have been awarded for over 100 years and aim to acknowledge exceptional talent amongst both learners and tutors.

Stunned Robert (right) said: “I wasn’t very good at school. I was always more hands-on so this is a great achievement for me.

“I didn’t expect it but it is really nice to have your efforts recognised.

“I am looking forward to the Lion Awards.”

Geoffrey Robinson, based in Macklin Avenue, on the Cowpen Industrial Estate, in Billingham, was formed in 1971.

Its speciality is installation work in areas such as heating, electrics, ventilation, and air conditioning.

Owner Geoffrey Robinson said: “I am extremely proud of Robert’s achievement. It is yet another highlight in our 41 years of trading.”

During his apprenticeship, Robert trained at an organisation called BEST (Building Engineering Services Training).

Its general manager of technical services, Christine Wright, said: “We are delighted with this award.

“We see this as real recognition for the exceptional quality of our delivery and of the hard work of our assessors and students.”