IT was a right royal occasion for Toby Schofield when he visited Buckingham Palace after scooping a top award.
Chichester College joinery apprentice Toby, from Bognor Regis, has been recognised for his accomplishments by the Princess Royal and the Worshipful Company of Joiners and Ceilers.
He was recognised for his excellent training within the craft and constantly striving for perfection within his apprenticeship at the Creative Woodworking Company, in Bosham.
Toby said: “It was a real surprise to be nominated for a Livery Company prize for my City and Guilds course.
“The whole day visiting HQS Wellington and Buckingham Palace to meet Princess Anne was an incredible experience and one I will never forget.”
The 19-year-old already has a number of accolades.
He has been crowned National Apprentice of the Year in the South Central region, was a finalist in National Apprentice of the Year and runner-up for Apprentice of the Year in the Spring Awards for Sussex Colleges .
Owner of the Creative Woodworking Company, Simon Ward, who accompanied Toby to Buckingham Palace, said: “It was an experience that will last a lifetime.
“I’m extremely proud of Toby for receiving this prestigious award.
“It was great to meet Princess Anne and for Toby to be recognised for all his hard work.”
Princess Anne has presented the awards – which form part of the annual City and Guilds Prince Philip Medal ceremony – since she took over from her father, the Duke of Edinburgh, as president of the City and Guilds of London Institute in June 2011.
City and Guilds, a global leader in skills education, was founded by the City of London and 16 livery companies in 1878 and has maintained close links with the livery companies ever since.
Every year, the Joiners and Ceilers Company rewards outstanding City and Guilds learners for their achievements.
Chief executive of the City and Guilds Group, Chris Jones, said: “At City and Guilds, we’re all about helping people get into a job, progress on the job and move on to the next job.
“As part of this, we are committed to celebrating the achievements of those who find success through vocational education and training, and Toby should be truly proud of this accomplishment.
“Receiving an award from one of our founder members is a remarkable achievement and signifies great dedication to his craft. I wish Toby all the best for the future.”