For the second year running a student from CECAMM at The Isle of Wight College has won the national title of ‘BTEC Engineering Learner of the Year’.
The College’s CECAMM facility in East Cowes opened in 2017 and continues to go from strength to strength, providing high-quality education and training for students in engineering, including composites, advanced manufacturing and marine.
This year’s award winner, Caitlin Marsh Brown, is studying BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering.
Principal of the College, Debbie Lavin CBE said:
“This is wonderful news and I am delighted for Caitlin – it is great to see how much she has developed and grown in confidence since joining the College in September 2018. I am equally delighted that our students are recognised as being among the best in the country”.
Caitlin overcomes adversity every day in that she lives with severe and complex language and communication difficulties, however, this does not prevent her from excelling in all aspects of life and from producing distinction level course work.
Caitlin’s tutor, engineering curriculum lead Keri Hughes, said:
“I am so proud of Caitlin – she is an excellent example to all of us, of what can be achieved when you focus your mind, no matter what challenges you may face”.
When Caitlin first joined CECAMM she rarely participated in class activities and did not feel able to speak out in front of others. However, with patience, time and support from her tutors and peers, Caitlin has overcome her fears and now confidently participates in class – she even gives advice and guidance to others who may be struggling.
On hearing that she has won the national competition Caitlin Marsh Brown said:
“The award means so much to me as someone with speech and language difficulties, dyspraxia, anxiety and fine and gross motor difficulties. This shows that anyone can overcome challenges and achieve amazing things.”
The 10th annual BTEC Awards ceremony was live streamed on Thursday 25th June.
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.”