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Engineering Award Winner: Lisa – an Inspiration to Others

NPTC Group of Colleges’ student Lisa Crowther-James received not just one outstanding achievement award but two in the field of engineering. Lisa, mother of two from Llanidloes, has been recognised for her accomplishments in working toward her Level 2 in Welding.

When Lisa began to consider her career options she thought about work at her family run business, Mid Wales Welded Productions Ltd in Llanidloes, she quickly wanted to gain more knowledge and confidence to support the business to grow. Her initial reservations about starting a welding course as a mature learner, in a male-dominated environment, were quickly overcome after a visit to the College.

The full-time course included both study and practical work and Lisa managed to undertake all that was required alongside juggling childcare with the support of course tutor Nic Harris.    

Nic said: ‘Lisa was always a hard worker who never made excuses and rose to every challenge. She was an easy candidate to put forward for the awards as she showed commitment and dedication throughout the course.’

Lisa was presented with certificates and a cheque from ‘The South Wales Institute of Engineers Education Trust (2007) - Special Engineering Award for Excellence' and a trophy and cheque from 'NPTC Group of Colleges’ Student Award for Outstanding Achievement - Engineering School Winner (North).

Both awards were presented by NPTC Group of Colleges’ Governor, John Brunt. John, who himself has had many years’ experience within the field of engineering and became a Chartered Engineer, after studying at technical college, said ‘It is encouraging the lack of females in engineering. He said: ‘It is encouraging to see that Lisa had the courage and support needed to gain a qualification and employment in engineering particularly at a time when we have such poor numbers of women in this sector in the UK and at the same time face a skills shortage in engineering. I hope Lisa’s success encourages more women to come forward and I wish her every success in supporting her family business to grow.’

Lisa was accompanied to the presentations by her partner and children who were delighted with her achievement.

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or call Newtown College: Tel: 01686 614287

For more on information of Mid Wales Welded Productions Ltd please call 01686 412104.


Picture: Lisa Crowther- James and family with Governor John Brunt and Lecturer Nic Harris.


Engineering, Welding, Level 2, Study, Practical