Pearson recognises vocational talent at the eighth annual BTEC Awards

Pearson, the digital education company, today recognised the achievements of students studying for BTEC qualifications at the eighth annual BTEC Awards at Central Hall Westminster, London.

Pearson, the digital education company, today recognised the achievements of students studying for BTEC qualifications at the eighth annual BTEC Awards at Central Hall Westminster, London.

Spanning 24 categories, the Pearson BTEC Awards were hosted by financial journalist and TV Presenter Steph McGovern and showcased the fantastic contributions made by students and young people studying for BTECs. The ceremony was attended by the winners, their families and teachers as well as leading stakeholders from the education and business worlds. An expert panel of 52 judges carefully considered each nominee before deciding upon a winner.

Leaders from the world of education and business joined with entrepreneurs, MPs and celebrities to share the 24 winners’ stories and present them with their Awards. Double Olympic Gold medallist Max Whitlock presented the Award for BTEC Sports Student of the Year 2018 and showcased his amazing talent with an impromptu performance on the pommel horse.

Also performing on the day were the five winners of the Showstopper Challenge, groups from colleges offering BTECs in the performing arts: Arts1, Pik’n’Mix, Hamilton Mix, Aurimas and Shemaiah.

Pearson has been the guardian of BTECs for over 30 years and during this time the qualifications have facilitated the training of work-ready candidates with the knowledge and practical skills that employers need. These hands-on vocational qualifications continue to be respected as a valuable route straight into employment, and into employment via university.

Rod Bristow, President of Pearson in the UK, said:

“I want to offer my congratulations to all of the winners and everyone who was nominated for a BTEC Award this year. This is a wonderful celebration, not just of the outstanding winners themselves but of the value of the BTEC qualification to employers and universities around the world.

“Learners today face a rapidly changing landscape - as trends in labour patterns, technology and industry alter the way we work and live. Now, more than ever, I believe the broad, career-focused education that BTEC offers reflects the reality that the global economy doesn’t just value what people know; it values what they can do.”

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About Pearson

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The final judging panel was comprised of:

  • Cindy Rampersaud: Senior Vice President, BTEC and Apprenticeships, Pearson
  • Colette Burgess: BTEC Teacher of the Year 2017 and Course Director, West Suffolk College
  • Derek Richardson: Vice President, Responsible Officer Quality Services & Governance, Pearson
  • Ellen Morgan: Vice President Higher Education Services, Pearson
  • Manos Kapterian: Chief Operating Officer, Core Markets, Pearson
  • Shane Mann: Managing Director, Lsect Ltd - publisher of Schools Week & FE Week
  • Sharon Hague: Senior Vice President, Schools, Pearson

 

The winning students were:

Award School, College or MAT Student Name
BTEC Art and Design Student of the Year East Riding College Elland Hill
BTEC Business and Enterprise Student of the Year St. David's College Rachna Udasi
BTEC Child and Social Care Student of the Year Cardiff and Vale College Whitney Phillips
BTEC Construction Student of the Year Leeds College of Building Sinead Burke
BTEC Creative Media Student of the Year Westminster Academy Nada El-Hammoud
BTEC Engineering Student of the Year National Space Academy James Brown
BTEC Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Student of the Year Bury College Alison Healey
BTEC IT and Computing Student of the Year NSCG Stafford College Matthew Risbey-Ward
BTEC Land-based Student of the Year Bishop Burton College Laura Wrisdale
BTEC Music Student of the Year Holmer Green Senior School Joseph Eales
BTEC Performing Arts Student of the Year St Mary's Catholic College Daniel Regan
BTEC Public Services Student of the Year Southern Regional College Matthew McCabe
BTEC Science Student of the Year Blackpool & the Fylde College Mica Mullender
BTEC Sport Student of the Year Bishop Thomas Grant School Megan Murphuy
BTEC Adult Learner of the Year Trafford College Feven Zeray
BTEC Apprentice 16-18 of the Year Warrington & Vale Royal College Ryan Kenny
BTEC Apprentice 19+ of the Year Leeds College of Building Thomas Coleman
BTEC Apprentice Provider of the Year Leeds College of Building Derek Whitehead
BTEC College of the Year One Sixth Form College Rob Bamford
BTEC Higher National Student of the Year Leeds College of Building Viren Lad
BTEC International Student of the Year UMG College Kuang Myat Htet
BTEC Teacher/Tutor of the Year John Madejski Academy Tommy Robinson
BTEC School or MAT of the Year Westminster Academy Patrick Farmbrough
BTEC Student of the Year 2018 St. David's College Rachna Udasi