B&FC student wins national engineering award

Published on 29/06/2020 by DTHACK

A Blackpool student has been recognised for his excellence in engineering with a major national award.

36 year-old Chris Reese received the Silver Award in the 10th annual BTEC Awards recognising his exceptional achievements studying at Blackpool and The Fylde College.

Chris, a former Blackpool Council employee, rebooted his studies in 2018 on a Level 3 Engineering course at Blackpool and The Fylde College.

After completing that qualification last year he stayed on at the college for the HNC Engineering course, which he completed during the COVID-19 lockdown.

It was during this second course that he was nominated for the BTEC Engineering Student of the Year award by tutor Karen Whiteside.

“Chris has repeatedly demonstrated all the attributes that his future employers expect from exceptional engineers,” said Karen.

“He has passion for the subject and meticulous attention to detail. He’s a great team player, inspiring his fellow students and bringing his life experience to the course. It’s been an absolute pleasure helping Chris to gain an advanced understanding of engineering and everyone at B&FC is excited to see where he goes next.”

Chris is currently seeking to secure himself an apprenticeship providing both industrial and academic experience. He’s hoping to make it a hat-trick of B&FC qualifications by starting the college’s Nuclear Engineering degree apprenticeship later this year.

His advice to other people considering a change of career?

"There’s always another option. It just takes a bit of work and is maybe a bit of a struggle financially to begin with - but you can get there.
"It's definitely worth it in the end."
Cindy Rampersaud, Senior Vice President - BTEC and Apprenticeship, said: “We’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.”

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.