Blackpool Sixth has won the national BTEC College of the Year award at today’s Pearson BTEC Awards. Additionally, two students from the college won Silver Awards, acknowledging their excellent achievements in their BTEC courses.
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.
Blackpool Sixth Principal, Jill Gray responded to the award, “We are absolutely thrilled that Blackpool Sixth has been recognised by one of the world’s leading awarding organisations, for the outstanding BTEC provision we provide. Our students are at the heart of all we do and we are incredibly proud of what they achieve and how they respond to the unstinting passion our staff have for inspiring learning, developing character, and building futures.
“Excellence in all we do is at the heart of the college and this award is a testament to the professionalism and commitment of all the staff at Blackpool Sixth and is shared with our amazing students, past, present and future.”
Employer engagement with learning at The Blackpool Sixth Form College was a particular aspect praised by the award judges.
Two Blackpool Sixth students won Silver Award: Emily Broadbent for BTEC Hospitality, Travel and Tourism and Skylah Hunt for BTEC Public Services.
Blackpool Sixth offers a wide range of BTEC Level 3 courses as part of its flexible and student-centred curriculum. They can be studied as the main elements of a vocational study programme or taken alongside A level courses as part of a combined programme. The college also offers BTEC Level 2 courses as a key part of its Route3 programme (a three-year programme for students who need an extra year to reach Level 3).
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 BTEC provides that are so valued by industry and employers.
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.