TOM Ward, a 22-year-old student from Glasbury-on-Wye, near Hereford, has scooped a top award for his outstanding performance on an engineering course.

He is one of only 100 people in the UK to win a City & Guilds Medal for Excellence.

Tom, of Glasbury Court, Glasbury-on-Wye, studied for City & Guilds qualifications in Fabrication and Welding Competences at Coleg Gwent in Crosskeys for three years. He is employed by Painter Brothers in Hereford and attended his course on a day release basis through Hereford Group Training Association.