Harrogate plasterer Adrian Wintersgill has been presented with an award by Prince Charles after graduating from the prestigious Building Craft Apprentices course run by the Prince of Wales Heritage Scheme, which teaches apprentices about traditional techniques and gives them the chance to work alongside master craftspeople on UK heritage sites.

Former Leeds College of Building student Adrian was one of only 10 apprentices selected for the programme. A previous winner of competitions including SkillBuild, he has now set up his own business offering cornice services, ornamental plasterwork, decorative ceilings, ceiling roses and traditional lime plastering.

Adrian said: “It was such a unique opportunity to be a part of the scheme and as well as the craft skills and placements. I also took part in a short course in small business skills which has been invaluable now that I have set up on my own.”

Leeds College of Building’s principal Ian Billyard added: “We are incredibly proud of Adrian. He is a shining example of what can be achieved through a combination of hard work and dedication to his chosen profession.”