Learners, teachers and experts from the education industry came together this week to honour the achievements of one the most exceptional vocational tutors at City & Guilds' Lion Awards.

George Wingfield, 70, from Chester, won the People’s Choice Award, making him one of just 14 recipients to win a City & Guilds Lion Award.

The ceremony was held at London’s iconic Roundhouse on Wednesday 5 June. Celebrating those who have accomplished extraordinary results through skills-based learning, the Lion Awards are the culmination of the Medals for Excellence regional awards programme, which has run every year since 1879.

Wingfield, who teaches at West Cheshire College, was recognised for his innovative teaching and dedication to plumbing. He took his plumbing apprenticeship in 1963 and gained an Advanced Craft Certificate, along with six distinctions. He has worked in plumbing for more than 50 years, with his career spanning domestic, industrial and marine plumbing. No stranger to awards, he even won the title of Britain’s Favourite Plumber in 1992.

Since 2003, he has been sharing his expertise with others by teaching plumbing to students of all ages and backgrounds. Throughout his teaching career, Wingfield has used a variety of resources to make the learning journey interesting and fun, drawing on his extensive experience to give his students a sense of a real working environment.

He was presented with his award by TV personality and renowned musician Myleene Klass. Of his win, Wingfield said: “It’s fantastic to win a Lion Award. I wasn’t expecting it at all, and to be chosen by so many people helps me feel really supported. I’m gobsmacked and very happy to receive this award.”

Chris Jones, chief executive and director general of City & Guilds, said: “At City & Guilds, we’re all about helping people get into a job, progress on a job and move onto the next job, and our tutors are integral to this. Winning a Lion Award is a sign of exceptional talent, and George should be very proud of this remarkable accomplishment, particularly because it’s the only award chosen by public vote. I’m sure he will continue to be an inspiration to others.”