This year's BTEC Awards had 15 winning categories for students and Apprentice, and for the first time in BTEC Awards history, we had two BTEC Student of the Year winners. Meet our 2019 student BTEC Award winners below.
BTEC Students of the Year 2019
Josephine Kiaga from Braeburn International School, Tanzania has been awarded BTEC Student of the Year 2019 for her media production work to promote important causes. Josephine has created films to bring awareness to sexual assault, different types of sexual abuse and FGM prevention. She’s a Human Rights ambassador at EAMUN, co-organised a 'Girls' Empowerment' day for girls in the community and ran workshops on entrepreneurship, female hygiene and more.
Christopher Meredith from Leeds College of Building has been awarded BTEC Student of the Year 2019 for his consistent effort to turn his life around. Chris returned to college to re-study, and now communicates with project teams all around the world, and is instrumental in solving complex civil engineering problems for Jacobs Engineering. In March, Chris gained the Institution of Civil Engineer’s Quest Technician Scholarship – awarded to Apprentices of only the highest calibre.
BTEC Apprentice 16-18 of the Year 2019
Connor Coupland is a student at Leeds College of Building and works for AOne+ where he is heavily involved with managing their GIS database. His largest project to date is the ‘Integrated Area Programme’, which is looking to save tens-of-thousands of public sector money.
BTEC Apprentice 19+ of the Year 2019
After completing a successful work placement at Jacobs, Christopher Meredith was offered an Apprenticeship with them. Christopher then completed progressed to a Higher Level Apprenticeship and will be starting his Degree Apprenticeship later on this year.
BTEC Art and Design Student of the Year 2019
Francesca Horn's Art and Design BTEC in Theatrical, Media Special Effects Make-up at Reigate School of Art set the pathway for her work to feature on the BBC news, fashion shoots, fashion magazines and on short film sets working as a makeup artist.
BTEC Business and Enterprise Student of the Year 2019
Head Girl of Braeburn International School and BTEC Business student Ttanya Sachdev completed work experience at Nissan Kenya and organised Christmas parties. Her biggest success was organising a female empowerment forum where she trained 200 girls on entrepreneurship, self-esteem, career development and health.
BTEC Child and Social Care Student of the Year 2019
During her BTEC Health and Social Care course at Sir John Deane's College, Teanna Maguire sought a variety of work placements: local hospitals, midwifery and birthing groups, toddler groups, breast-feeding support, and a nursery working with a child with autism. Teanna is also as a part time domiciliary carer and wants to become a midwife.
BTEC Construction Student of the Year 2019
Kasra Soltani is currently employed at a Quantity Surveying firm called Veale and Saunders. He chose to study a BTEC Construction at Croydon College to learn how to help other people repair their properties back to good health. Kasra believes no one should live in a property which is in bad condition or affects their health.
BTEC Creative Media Student of the Year 2019
Sam Pope's BTEC in Creative Media at The Bath Studio School gave him the practical skills needed for film-making and TV production. Sam's filmed for launch events at Bath Komedia, create professional music videos and documentaries for: local elections, the environment, homelessness and mental health awareness.
BTEC Engineering Student of the Year 2019
Whilst studying his BTEC Engineering at Isle of Wight College, Ryan Kimber has had numerous work placements with companies and as a result, Ryan was headhunted by GKN Aerospace to design a project for GKN’s craft apprentices, supplying them with an aircraft fitment detailing qualifications.
BTEC Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Student of the Year 2019
Despite travelling 2 hours each way to study BTEC Travel and Tourism at Exeter College . Luke has been awarded the Dorset Award for Young People for his youth work and is also a St John Ambulance Corporal. Now, Luke has successfully gained his dream job as Cabin Crew with British Airways.
BTEC Land-based Student of the Year 2019
When Chloe Rochester is not studying for her BTEC in Animal Management at Bishop Burton College, she's working part-time at the Jerry Green Dog Rescue or at the Gateforth Riding Centre, where she teaches horse riders to be safe. Chloe is also part of the Adoption Council to help plan activity days for adopted teenagers.
BTEC Music Student of the Year 2019
Katie Cherry's BTEC Music course encouraged Katie to begin teaching music to others, and volunteers at a primary school each week to teach music lessons to the students. Katie also hosted a charity music festival at her school, Holmer Green Senior, where they were able to raise over £2,000 for the charity, RobsARTTT.
BTEC Performing Arts Student of the Year 2019
Millie Davey always had a passion for acting, and her BTEC Performing Arts helped develop her skills further. She's had many lead roles, including The Monster in Frankenstein. She's an active member of the Scarborough TEC LGBT+ Community , won two Art Awards and will be continuing on drama at university.
BTEC Public Services Student of the Year 2019
Outside of his BTEC Public Services at East Surrey College, Ryan Jolly is a Sergeant Major Army Cadet . Ryan's taken part in voluntary work, raising awareness for Homeless People and clearing overgrown areas so young children can enjoy it. This volunteering meant he's raised over £2,000 and has been awarded the Honour Our Troops Gold Award.
BTEC Science Student of the Year 2019
Abbie Densham has a goal of becoming a vet, and her BTEC in Applied Science was the starting point towards this career. Abbie completed 300+ hours of vet placements in practices and on farms. Since finishing her BTEC at Exeter College, she’s now studying Veterinary Medicine at the University of Bristol as part of their Gateway programme.
BTEC Sport Student of the Year 2019
Dominika Bzdon is committed to becoming the first generation of her family to go to university and aspires to study Sports Coaching. She has a passion for teaching, and dreams of becoming a PE teacher. Dominika was crowned the Extracurricular Champion in 2018 at Nelson College and takes part in archery, badminton, table tennis, chess, and the Duke of Edinburgh.