Triple success for B&FC engineering students at prestigious BTEC Awards

Published on 08/07/2021 by ECOOK

BTEC Awards 2021
Blackpool and The Fylde College are celebrating the exceptional achievements of three of its BTEC Engineering students. Dean Hargreaves received the Gold BTEC Engineering Learner of the Year Award, Kathleen Bayley picked up the Silver Award and Asim Ali scooped the Bronze Award. Their outstanding educational achievements, dedication and hard work were celebrated at Pearson’s 11th annual BTEC Awards streamed online to a global audience yesterday.

Winner of the Gold Award, Dean Hargreaves, a Level 4 Mechanical Engineering Apprentice, enrolled to study a BTEC at B&FC determined to progress in his engineering career. A shining example of the power of hard work and resilience, Dean started his career as an unskilled young engineer. Yet several years and qualifications later, he has recently been promoted to a Service Manager role at the engineering company where he works managing over 50 staff. Dean said:

“I always try and put 110% into everything I do, and this BTEC course was no exception to that. I am so delighted and honoured that this has been recognised so this award means so much to me.”

Dean was nominated for the BTEC Engineering Student of the Year Award by his tutor Karen Whiteside, she said:

“Dean is an outstanding student in so many ways. He is fully committed to succeed and achieve his target grades, demonstrated by the time and effort he puts into every task. Dean is a role model to other learners, especially to mature students who are coming back to education after many years to upskill and progress with their career.”

Winner of the Silver Award, Kathleen Bayley is studying Electrical and Electronics Engineering and working towards a career as a secondary school teacher. Kathleen is a student representative for her class and was nominated for the BTEC Engineering Student of the Year Award for her hard work, commitment and excellent grades. Project Management Lecturer at B&FC, Margarita Georgieva said:

“Kathleen has a very positive attitude to learning and moving forward with her career, which makes her a pleasure to mentor. I believe she has an excellent opportunity to develop in Mechatronics.”

It was a clean sweep for B&FC with another student Asim Ali winning the Bronze Award in the same category. Asim is studying General Engineering and achieving distinctions in all units. Asim was recognised for going above and beyond in his studies, described by his tutors as a highly thought of student who always gives 100% to any task and demonstrates a will to succeed.

Cindy Rampersaud Senior Vice President for BTEC and Apprenticeships at Pearson, said:

“2021 has been another extraordinary year for our BTEC learners, tutors, teachers, colleges and schools and I am delighted that today we are able to come together and celebrate this year’s winners - and all of the individuals who will be awarded a BTEC qualification this year. The hard work and commitment demonstrated by our award winners, all of whom have achieved great things during a time of unprecedented disruption, is extraordinary and I am proud we are able to celebrate their achievements.”

The ceremony was co-hosted by presenter of the United View, YouTube influencer and BTEC alumnus and ambassador, Flex and sports presenter and events host, Gemma Care. 19 category award winners were celebrated from around the UK and internationally in subjects such as Health and Social Care, Performing Arts, Engineering, IT, Business and Sport.

BTEC alumni including Academy Award-winning producer and Head of Film and Animation at ScreenSkills Gareth Ellis-Unwin, entrepreneur and founder of SB.TV Jamal Edwards MBE, and award-winning actress Lucy Fallon were among those also presenting awards.

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