ICE student member Liam Archer and technician member Samuel O'Sullivan, both students at Leeds College of Building, have won the BTEC Award for Outstanding Higher National Student of the Year and Outstanding BTEC Apprentice of the Year (19+) respectively.
Now in its sixth year, the BTEC Awards represent vocational excellence and are an opportunity for students, teachers, schools and colleges to be recognised for their achievements in career-based learning. Nearly 1,000 nominations were received across all categories for this year's awards.
The presentation ceremony was held on Thursday 7 July 2016 at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London and the winners were invited to attend a parliamentary reception beforehand at the House of Commons.
Liam dropped in to ICE HQ at One Great George Street earlier in the day with his family and tutors to be congratulated by ICE Director General Nick Baveystock. Unfortunately Sam was unable to attend the awards ceremony in person, but joined via video screen to accept his award.
Student member Liam started on a BTEC First before progressing through BTEC Levels 3 and 4. He plans to complete his BTEC HND in Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering) at Leeds College of Building this year and has been described by his college as a fantastic mentor to his peers and an innovative and strategic thinker. After completing a work placement at AECOM he was offered an Advanced Technical Apprenticeship. Liam has worked for BWB Consulting since February 2015 and continues with his college attendance one day a week, sponsored by BWB, while gaining experience working as a valued member of their Leeds Transport and Infrastructure Design team.
Sam, a professionally qualified technician member with the ICE, has worked as a Technician with Pell Frischmann in Wakefield while completing his BTEC Advanced Technical Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering with Leeds College of Building. He has excelled at college and developed a comprehensive portfolio of training competencies during his apprenticeship as well as educating younger students about the benefits of apprenticeships and the engineering industry.
Many congratulations to Liam and Sam for their outstanding achievements.