Cindy Rampersaud Senior Vice President for BTEC and Apprenticeships

Nominations for the 2021 #BTECAwards launch today and @Pearson, is calling on educators across the UK and internationally to nominate young learners, adult learners, colleges and schools for their outstanding achievements in what has been an unprecedented year for the @teachBTEC class of 2021.

Over the past 10 years, the BTEC Awards have recognised those that demonstrate the exceptional knowledge, skills and behaviours that go into preparing for the jobs of the future and this year is no different. Unlike previous years, however, 2021 will recognise the extraordinary accomplishments of those who have achieved while studying during unprecedented times.

As part of the Awards, 19 category award winners will be celebrated from around the UK and internationally in subjects such as Health and Social Care, Construction, Engineering, IT, Business, Performing Arts and Sport.

Speaking about the Awards, Cindy Rampersaud Senior Vice President for BTEC and Apprenticeships, said:
“As the world continues to adjust to the pandemic and widespread change across global industries, it’s never been more important to celebrate those in college, in school or studying as an adult who are taking vocational courses to equip themselves with the knowledge, behaviours and practical skills that employers need. The past year has brought into sharp focus the value of key workers and the crucial role that vocational and technical education plays in supporting the economy and communities across the country, something that we believe will continue long into the future as existing and emerging industries continue to develop.”

Nearly a million learners globally completed BTEC courses in the past year and these career-focused qualifications are proving a vital route for young learners and adults wanting to progress in their lives and careers. As a result, the demand for sector-based knowledge and transferable skills in these areas is forecast to grow.

Last year’s winner of College of the Year, Blackpool Sixth Form College, said: "Winning this award was fantastic, it's a real accolade, and it's well-deserved recognition for all our staff and students."

Applications for the Awards open today and close on Friday 2nd April 2021. The winners will be invited to the coveted awards ceremony, which will take place either in person or online subject to Government guidelines and restrictions, with the overall BTEC Adult Learner of the Year and BTEC Young Learner of the Year also receiving a £1000 cash prize and featuring in a short video dedicated to them and their journey.

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