Bramley student wins top building award at Elland Road ceremony

Student Zara Dupont collecting the Governors’ Award from sponsor Paul Donnelly, Managing Director of Marlborough Brickwork Ltd. Photo: Phil Jackson

By Liam O’Sullivan

Bramley student Zara Dupont has scooped the overall Governors’ Award at the annual Leeds College of Building ‘BIG (Building Industry Greats) Awards’ ceremony. 

The ceremony, hosted at Elland Road, celebrates outstanding student achievements over the 2021/22 academic year. Apprentices and students were selected for awards based on their academic achievements, but also for going the “extra mile” and overcoming adversity.

Zara, 18, has completed a Level 2 Technical Certificate in Plastering at Leeds College of Building and is now starting an Interior Systems/Dry Lining Apprenticeship with Sparta Systems Ltd.

She’s already enjoyed success at the early stage of her career, reaching the WorldSkills UK final in 2021 before being shortlisted again for the final in November this year.

Zara picked up the ‘Plastering/Interior Systems Student of the Year’ award earlier in the evening. She was then selected for the Governors’ Award, sponsored by Marlborough Brickwork Ltd, which was the top prize of the night.

Sara said: “Winning the Governors’ Award was a complete surprise. I didn’t even know there was an overall winner, so hearing my name at the end was a really nice surprise! I just don’t have the words.

“It’s been two years of hard work so far and I’m excited about my new apprenticeship.

“I’ve had a great experience at Leeds College of Building and am thankful for the training I’ve received. My tutor, Mark, has always been my go-to person – he’s always helpful and supportive. Last year was like a practice run, so this time it’s the real thing and I’m in it to win!”

Guests were welcomed by Mark Roper, Vice Chair of the Leeds College of Building Corporation, and new College CEO and Principal Nikki Davis. 


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