East Durham College Student Outshines Hundreds To Win National Business Award

Local student Kirsty Fishwick from Peterlee has won Business BTEC Student of the Year at the National BTEC Awards, held in London on 4th July 2013.

The ceremony was held in recognition of the nearly one million students around the country who are studying BTEC qualifications this year. Pearson, who own Edexcel, the awarding body for BTECs, received over 700 nominations across the 22 award categories for this year’s Awards.

The Awards were hosted by Radio 1 DJ Matt Edmondson, at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London and attended by winning students, teachers, and leaders in education. Baroness (Tanni) Grey-Thompson also spoke at the ceremony. Ahead of the Awards Ceremony, Award winners, their family, friends and nominators attended a Parliamentary reception in the House of Lords, hosted by Government Education Spokesperson Baroness (Margaret) Sharp.

Nominated by her course tutor Jill Campbell, Kirsty is a truly entrepreneurial student who has shown a real aptitude for her subject. As part of her course she set up a very successful micro business which she still runs alongside her studies, and she beat hundreds of Peter Jones Enterprise Academy students from across the country to secure a highly prestigious work placement with GFK in Surrey.

In September Kirsty will join Durham University to study Business and Management and the judges were particularly impressed by Kirsty’s passion and determination to succeed and how she has shown that a BTEC qualification really can open doors against stiff competition to the worlds of work and university.

Rod Bristow, President, Pearson UK said,

“I’m delighted the National BTEC Awards are now in their third year and becoming an established moment in the education calendar. In our modern economy with ever changing skills needs, we need practitioners who understand the theory, and academics who can put things into practice. BTEC 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. This year’s judges were impressed by the quality and number of nominations we received but Kirsty really stood out as a truly exceptional student.

Kirsty said,

“I’m delighted to win the award in this year’s National BTEC Awards. My BTEC has helped me understand so much about Business. It has also given me more self-confidence as well as the determination, motivation and the desire to achieve my goals in my future career.”