However, his pride must have been boosted further by receiving a 'Top Machinery Student' award from Plumpton College in recognition of his performance over the 2-year diploma course. Peter Wood, Course Tutor/ Programme Leader at Plumpton commented, 'Matt's effort has been tremendous.
He started the course with no background of any type in the subject and managed to gain distinctions in almost every of the course work. He has achieved a lot during the course and worked hard for his excellent results'.
Matthew had been completely his course whilst working part-time as a trainee technician with JSM, the Toro Commercial dealer in the south-east. He now starts his full-time technical career with them. JSM Service Manager, John Davies, says 'The Matthew we have been used to has proved to be a quick learner and hard worker; this is reflected in his recent achievements. He has always fitted in well in our workshop and we are all pleased to welcome him now as a full-time team member'.