CHICHESTER College is celebrating after a lecturer and former student were named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Christian Notley,a furniture making lecturer, has been awarded an MBE for his services. Christian, who is also the UK WorldSkills training manager for cabinet making, has coached two British entrants – both former Chichester College students – to gold in successive competitions.
He said: “It’s a huge honour to be awarded an MBE. I am passionate about the value of vocational training and apprenticeships as being equal to academic courses, so it’s great to have skills training recognised in the honours list and hopefully this will help others to realise its value as well.
“It is humbling to be recognised on this level but I’m very much aware that it’s something I could not have done on my own.
“The success we have had at WorldSkills would not have been possible without the support we have received from Chichester College, especially the lecturers in the furniture department who have covered my lessons over the years to allow me the time to commit to WorldSkills.”
Former student Edward ‘Woody’ Harringman has also been recognised, receiving the British Empire Medal (BEM) after winning the gold medal for cabinet making at last year’s WorldSkills competition in Sao Paulo.
He said: “When I received my letter I felt quite overwhelmed. I feel very proud.
“This is something that will be with me for the rest of my life and my family felt the same when I told them the news. The Queen’s Birthday Honours celebrate the achievements of extraordinary people across the UK.