Meet the ten overall winners of the BTEC Awards 2018 and watch their winning videos to find out more about them.
BTEC Student of the Year 2018
When Rachna Udasi isn’t working on her BTEC assignments at St David's College, she is working on her own successful coffee business which she started by herself from scratch. All proceeds are sent back to the ladies in Uganda who grow the coffee beans. Rachna's business acumen stimulated her to think about all the elements needed to get a business off the ground and functioning, such as reaching out to the BBC, ITV and national newspapers for exposure.
BTEC School of the Year 2018
Westminster Academy are committed to work-related learning – they believe it's vital students get out there and meet with employers and opening their eyes to all the different careers that are available to them. Last year, all level 3 BTEC students got accepted into their first-choice university and many of them went to a Russell Group university.
BTEC College of the Year 2018
Suffolk One is more than just a name: it's one body of staff, one body of students and one community all working together. The college technology allows students to progress to university with a technical understanding taught in the first year of a degree. It's also the only sixth form college with student members at the Institute of Directors, where students need to apply via interview.
BTEC Teacher of the Year 2018
Tommy Robinson teaches BTEC Level 2 and Level 3 in Performing Arts at John Madejski Academy. Tommy's students perform in theatres all over the south of England and abroad. For the last two years, his students have won the Reading Pick of the Fringe and are often thought of as professionals because of the level of professionality in what they do.
BTEC International Student of the Year 2018
Kaung Myat Htet has a keen interest in project management, advanced civil engineering, structural analysis and design, proven by his Distinction grade in these subjects. He has also contributed his time to the community in a variety of ways. He is one of the founders of the White Heart charity group in Myanmar, where he teaches and helps children on the street.
BTEC Higher National Student of the Year 2018
Viren Lad is currently studying a BTEC Higher National in Construction and the Built Environment as part of his Higher Level Apprenticeship at Leeds College of Building. He has mentored other apprentices within the company, has been involved in many STEM and ICE events, and plans to progress on to a Degree Apprenticeship. He aspires to become an incorporated civil engineer.
BTEC Adult Learner of the Year 2018
Feven Zeray's ultimate goal is to be an engineer in the Aeronautical Engineering sector. She has been crowned Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains Student of the Year 2017. Whilst obtaining top marks in her studies at Trafford College, she still manages to find time to volunteer at College events and single-handedly raise her daughter.
BTEC Apprentice of the Year (16-18) 2018
Ryan Kenny started at Stanley Black & Decker when he was 15 years old as a BTEC Apprentice and shortly after won the ‘Make The World’ award for the business software he developed, the highest accolade possible within the whole of Stanley Black & Decker. Ryan finished his NVQ within 12 months when he had a two-year end date. In ten years' time, Ryan would like to be pushing the boundaries of digital excellence.
BTEC Apprentice of the Year (19+) 2018
Thomas Coleman is studying Higher Level Apprentice in construction management and a HND in civil engineering. Thomas works at A-one+, where he recently overhauled the company's geographic information system to keep road users, workers and networks safe. He has a conditional offer to study a master's in geographic information systems. This is somewhat unique because Thomas is going straight to Master's from BTEC level.
BTEC Apprenticeship Provider of the Year 2018
Leeds College of Building make sure that the apprentices they are providing are exactly what the industry needs. They've gone from eight apprentices in 2011 to 700 in 2018 and it's thanks to the amazing staff, and the backup teams in work-based learning, marketing, and HR. They are recognised as being the only specialist construction college in the UK. They have brilliant relationship with apprentices, and the employers.