Bury College has scooped a BTEC Award 2020 Silver Certificate for College of the Year.

The College is delighted to have been recognised in these prestigious national awards which celebrate the hard work, resilience and commitment of tutors, schools, colleges and learners across the country.

Bury College was awarded the Silver Certificate for College of the Year in recognition for providing continued exceptional support to learners and for preparing students for progression. The award also celebrates the numerous competitions the College has won over the years and the millions of pounds worth of investment spent on state-of-the-art facilities and new buildings. 

This is the 10th annual BTEC Awards ceremony and for the first year was held as a virtual event meaning that more people than ever could join the ceremony.

Becky Tootell, Bury College Deputy Principal, said, “We are delighted to have been awarded such a prestigious award which celebrates the College and all that we have achieved over the years. The BTEC Awards Ceremony reinforces how significant BTEC vocational qualifications are in preparing learners for the world of work and higher education.”

Cindy Rampersaud, Senior Vice President BTEC and Apprenticeship, said: “This year I’ve been overwhelmed 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.”

Global learning company 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.