CONEL Construction Lecturer Paul Webb is refusing to rest on his laurels despite recently being honoured with a highly prestigious City & Guilds Medal for Excellence.
Paul’s Medal was awarded for his teaching work, and for his contribution to shaping the City & Guilds curriculum in his subject area of electrotechnology.
Paul has now worked for over a decade training electricians in CONEL’s Construction sector, which is widely recognised as one of the very best in the UK. He has been a crucial part of a team that has completely transformed the sector’s reputation and results in recent years. “When I first came here, pass rates on the electrotechnology course were low and there was a lot of work to do to bring the facilities and teaching into the modern era. Now we have a 98% achievement rate and we’re determined to be the very best place for electricians to learn their trade anywhere in the country.”
Over the course of his career, Paul calculates that he has helped more than 1,000 electricians to gain their professional qualifications. “That’s what I’m most proud of,” he says. “It’s a real buzz when I get letters from learners who have had their whole lives turned around by completing their training and getting into employment.” Although he is very modest about his own achievements, Paul concedes that he can see why some colleagues and learners call him simply ‘The Legend’.
Paul has been excited to witness CONEL’s own journey towards excellence in recent years. “City and Guilds rate the teaching provided by Colleges like ours, and we’re now scoring grade As almost across the board – I’m absolutely committed to maintaining those high standards. I now feel that the whole College shares in and supports my aim, which is simply to send first class electricians out into the workplace. I want to make sure that employers continue to see CONEL as a benchmark of the highest quality.”
Paul was among over 450 guests from education and industry who attended the Lion Awards ceremony last week. Among those in attendance were guest speaker Marcus Wareing, himself a former City & Guilds award winner and now a two Michelin-starred chef and one of the brightest stars in British cooking. He described the vital role City & Guilds qualifications played at the start of his career and encouraged all the winners to make the most of their fantastic achievement.