Apprentice from Bury St Edmunds wins second industry award in as many months

Scott Bilham receives his award from Martin Wharnsby
Scott Bilham receives his award from Martin Wharnsby

A plumbing apprentice from Bury St Edmunds is celebrating after receiving his second industry award in as many months.

Scott Bilham won the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) Award at a prizegiving ceremony held at West Suffolk College in Bury.

The award was for ythe student showing the best progress in achieveing the required skills for the plumbing industry.

It comes two months after Scott, who works for Essex based renewable energy specialist Blueflame, was named apprentice of the year at the Essex Countryside Business Awards.

Martin Wharnsby, chairman of the Suffolk branch of CIPHE presented Scott with his latest award.

He said: “Scott has demonstrated an excellent attitude and work ethic.

”He always goes the extra step above and beyond to achieve.

“He has completed the NVQ Level 3 Plumbing apprenticeship with his employer Blueflame and is going to join the Gas Safe Register, which is an excellent achievement for such a young apprentice.”

His lecturer, Ben Boxall, said: “On the whole, it is Scott’s attitude and facility for hard work that impresses us the most at West Suffolk College.

“I have not heard of many apprentices offering and going back to help their supervisor out after college on a Friday evening as Scott did.”

It was not an easy start for Scott who spent eight months writing letters and delivering his CV in a bid to get an apprenticeship, to no avail.

He lost a little confidence and when he was finally offered an apprenticeship with another firm it was on condition of him passing his driving test.

He worked two jobs – as a horticulturalist and in a pub to pay for his driving lessons.

He passed his driving test after 13 weeks and he was able to start his apprenticeship.

He then met Blueflame director John Richards and decided to complete his apprenticeship with the Essex company.

Mr Richards said: “We’re all very proud of Scott.

“To win one award would be good enough for most of us, but to win two in one year says quite a lot about this young man. 
“He is always willing to help and is totally committed to getting every aspect of his work right.

“He doesn’t shirk responsibility and likes to be involved in challenging areas so he can stretch himself.

“He’s everything you’d want in an engineer.”