Katie Wins National BTEC Award
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Exceptional Walsall College Business student, Katie Farman was announced as the winner in the Outstanding Business and Enterprise category at the National BTEC Awards 2012, held in London on Thursday 5th July.
Now in their second year, the National BTEC Awards recognise vocational excellence and are designed to reward outstanding individuals and centres for their achievements.
Katie was honoured for her excellent performance on her BTEC Extended Diploma in Business Management course, during the awards ceremony hosted by Radio 1 DJ Reggie Yates. She is a dedicated student who has received distinctions on all her assignments throughout the course, along with winning a Walsall College Adult Learner of the Year Award at a recent ceremony.
Katie, who will be progressing on to a university degree after completing her course, commented: “I’m delighted to have won this award. Studying a BTEC course has helped me to develop a deeper understanding of business and enterprise. It has also given me more self-confidence as well as the determination, motivation and the desire to achieve my ambition of going to university, and one day starting my own business.”
Walsall College Business Lecturer, Jeremy Bridgman added: “Katie is an outstanding student and the judges were particularly impressed with her creativity and strong leadership qualities, both of which will serve her well as she progresses on to higher education.”
Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK who own Edexcel, the awarding body for BTEC qualifications said: “I am delighted the National BTEC Awards are now in their second year and going from strength to strength. In a modern economy with complex and rapidly shifting skills needs, we need practitioners who understand the theory, and academics who can put things into practice. BTECs aims to give students access to that kind of rounded education.
“More and more universities and employers are telling us that they value that rounded approach. Every year, thousands of BTEC students go on to further study and good jobs that really value their skills. They achieve great things in a wide variety of industries vital to the economy, ranging from business and engineering to ICT and healthcare.
“It is vital to support and celebrate the hard work and achievements of outstanding BTEC students and their teachers. The judges were impressed by the quality and number of nominations we received, but Katie really stood out as a truly exceptional learner.”