The 8th Annual BTEC Awards had fourteen sector award winners, all with incredible stories of achievement and success. Find out more about this year's sector award winners below.
BTEC Art and Design Student of the Year:
Before winning this award, Elland was awarded 2nd place at the East Riding College recycling competition in 2017, and she was awarded Student of the Year in her graduating college class of 2018. Elland is currently on track for D*D*D*, and has received unconditional offers from all her university applications so far.
BTEC Business and Enterprise Student of the Year: Rachna Udasi
Rachna, a student of St David's College has achieved so much. At age eighteen, she already has a coffee production and distribution business, with proceeds sent back to those in Uganda who grow the beans. She's thought about all elements a business needs to function, such as reaching out to the BBC, ITV and national newspapers for exposure.
BTEC Child and Social Care Student of the Year: Whitney Phillips
Whitney left school with a handful of GCSEs, and later returned to Cardiff and Vale College as an adult. As mother to a young son with additional needs, Whitney splits her time between her responsibilities as a mother and her studies, completing over 100 hours of work placement and holding down a job to provide for her boy.
BTEC Construction Student of the Year:
While completing her Sports Science degree, Sinead worked part-time as a QS at PH Plasterers. She enjoyed it so much, she decided to pursue a career in Construction, starting with a BTEC in Construction and the Built Environment at Leeds College of Building.
BTEC Creative Media Student of the Year:
Outside of her school, Westminster Academy, Nada is part of a young reporter's scheme, where she’s been fortunate enough to interview A-list celebrities like Asa Butterfield, Eva Green, John Boyega, Sofia Boutella, Will Poulter and Julia Roberts. Nada is planning to continue her study of Media at both Sixth Form and University.
BTEC Engineering Student of the Year:
Whilst studying at National Space Academy, James took the skills developed in his BTEC and applied them to design a tool that splits rocks on the surface of Mars, which he presented to the Lead Designer of the Exomars Rover. As well as this, James created a remote-control vehicle which collected data in hard to reach areas during a work placement at Rolls Royce.
BTEC Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Student of the Year: Alison Healey
Alison has participated in countless hours of volunteering work for her church and community as well as successfully completed two work experience placements: one at The Premier Inn and the other in Rioja, Spain. All this has been done whilst still achieving outstanding grades at Bury College.
BTEC IT and Computing Student of the Year: Matthew Risbey-Ward
Matthew successfully developed a content management system for a local business. He's on target to achieve D*D*D* on his BTEC course at NSCG Stafford College and has secured a Higher Level Apprenticeship at a local software development company.
BTEC Land-based Student of the Year:
Laura is the Vice President of the Student Association at Bishop Burton College, and also the Animal Management course representative. Extending her love of the subject beyond college, she’s secured a secretarial position at a local farm company, and has volunteered her time to lambing duties, riding schools and veterinary practices for the last five years.
BTEC Music Student of the Year:
Joseph's passion for Music has has gone far beyond the classroom of Holmer Green Senior School. Organising a one-day music festival resulted in over £2,000 being raised for charity. Joe has decided to go to university to pursue studying music to the next level and will be taking his Grade 8 saxophone exam soon.
BTEC Public Services Student of the Year: Matthew McCabe
From 5 years old, Matthew has cared for his younger brother and sister who both have autism. He has a part time job to help support his family and volunteers as a water sports instructor, offering activities to those from deprived areas that might not have these sorts of opportunities. All whilst completing his BTEC studies with exceptional grades at Southern Regional College.
BTEC Performing Arts Student of the Year: Daniel Regan
Since Year seven Daniel has been actively involved in the performing arts, and despite his Tourette's condition, has already had much success within the performing arts sector. He has taken part in the National Theatre’s Connections project and performed new works at The Lowry. He also successfully auditioned for Frantic Assembly’s Ignition project and was one of 12 boys across the UK to be selected to take part.
BTEC Science Student of the Year:
Mica studied a BTEC Applied Science at Blackpool & Flyde College as her first step to pursue a career in Dentistry. She completed all her work to Distinction standard and never missed a deadline. She has now applied for Dentistry at University, and her reference contained a personal accolade from her employer, who stated that ‘Mica is exactly the sort of candidate the Dentistry professions needs’.
BTEC Sport Student of the Year:
As well as being an excellent student at Bishop Thomas Grant School, Megan has run multiple charity sporting events, inter house sporting competitions for her school and completed over a thousand hours of volunteering work. It’s absolutely no surprise she has unconditional offers from all the universities she has applied to. Megan plans to study a PGCE and then pursue a career as a PE teacher in the future.