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Two SGS learners win prestigious Animal Care awards at the 2020 BTEC awards

The exceptional achievement of Paige Croft and Jamie Hicks from SGS College was celebrated last week as they were awarded the prestigious bronze and silver BTEC Awards for Land-Based Student of the Year.

Winning the silver award was Paige, aged 19, who was recognised by teachers and peers for her positive attitude towards learning and consistently aiming to, and achieving, good grades.

Rhys Williams, Paige’s Tutor commented:

“This is Paige's second year in the department, and in comparison, to her first year, she's a different student. Paige has really knuckled down and has a clear goal she is aiming towards, consistently using this to drive her throughout her course in the aim of going to university. She gladly took on the role of class rep, has sought out varied work experience placements and has gained employment in the industry. As well as undertaking additional qualifications outside of college. Paige is a credit to herself and I have no doubt has a bright future ahead of her.”

Paige’s hard work and dedication was celebrated at the tenth anniversary of Pearson’s annual BTEC Awards hosted online on 25 June 2020 at 2pm.

Paige, commented:

"I was really surprised when Rhys nominated me and I didn’t expect anything to come of it but I’m really happy I was able to win something so big and hope this will really help for my application to university. I’m proud of myself for the work I’ve put in at college and my work placements this year.”

Jamie who won the bronze award was nominated for her hard work and determination throughout her time at SGS where she undertook both levels 2 and 3 in Animal Science.

Her tutor Shaun Howie commented:

“Jamie has worked very hard to achieve her goal of becoming a veterinary nurse. During her time with us Jamie has constantly changed her work experience so as gain as many skills and as much knowledge as possible with different species in a range of contexts. She has fully engaged with and become a trusted member of staff on a dairy farm, veterinary practice and wildlife rehabilitation centre. In addition to this she worked very hard to achieve her best academically, researching her work in depth and breadth and engaging with all subjects so as to achieve the best grades that she can. This is precisely what BTEC courses were set up to do and we in the Animal Science & Conservation Department at SGS College are proud to have taught Jamie. She has now secured a place on the BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing course at the University of Bristol and we wish the best of luck for the coming years.”

The 2020 BTEC Awards comprised of 17 categories and was hosted by presenter of the United Stand, YouTube influencer and BTEC Ambassador, Flex, with awards presented by Double Olympic Gold medallist Max Whitlock as well as actress and former BTEC Drama student at The BRIT School, Kellie Shirley. The expert panel of judges made up of Pearson’s senior leadership team, journalists and external experts, carefully considered the nominees before deciding on the winners.

Cindy Rampersaud, Senior Vice President BTEC and Apprenticeship, said:

“This year I’ve been over-whelmed by the quality of BTEC Award nominations we received and I am delighted to celebrate this year’s winners and the achievements of all learners who will be awarded a BTEC this year. Over the past few weeks and months, we’ve seen how the current pandemic has highlighted the critical role of key workers and individuals who are likely to have followed a vocational educational pathway such as BTEC.”

Pearson has overseen BTEC qualifications for over 30 years and during this time the qualifications have equipped millions of learners with the knowledge and practical skills that employers need.

A poll by Pearson found that two-thirds of medium-sized businesses have hired BTEC graduates in the last five years, and nearly a quarter of learners going to university do so with a BTEC. An overwhelming majority of employers and young people want to keep their options open at 16 and gain the blend of academic, practical and transferable skills that are valued by industry and employers, that the BTEC offers.

In response to new careers emerging within industries and ongoing change, Pearson is continually adapting and innovating its BTEC curriculum and learning to ensure it is relevant for young people and adults – supporting progression and career aspirations throughout lives.

The recently launched BTEC qualification in esports, in partnership with the British Esports Association, is a major step forward in supporting the creation of long-term careers in the growing esports industry both in the UK and internationally. Esports are forecast grow by 20 percent in 2020 alone – reaching a value of $1.1bn and an audience nearly 500m people. In addition, Pearson's BTEC partnership with Liverpool Football Club, announced earlier this month, will enable learners in international markets to acquire the expertise, skills and knowledge required for careers in the rapidly expanding global sports sector.

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