A plumbing apprentice from Dewsbury has been named as Leeds College of Building's 'Student of the Year' after being awarded the Governors' Award at the college's annual prize-giving ceremony.

Principal Ian Billyard said: “Every year we gather at Leeds Town Hall to present almost 80 students with awards, including several that are in recognition of student success in regional and national skill competitions.

“The award ceremony celebrates the work and achievement of students throughout the college and it is a great opportunity to reward our talented students while showcasing some of the industry’s rising stars. Individual students are honoured in many areas, including those that have shown particular dedication and skill. The awards serve to stimulate a greater interest in the work of the college and provide a tangible reward for students.”

Guest and keynote speaker Delroy Beverley, director at Bradford-based Incommunities Group, presented Mr Kelly with the award (pictured). He said: “Nicholas’ story will be the cornerstone for so many other students. He has been tenacious and demonstrated a great attitude to learning in the face of many challenges in his life. He has also made an outstanding contribution to college life and will no doubt be one of the plumbing industry’s future stars.”