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BMet celebrates a trio of college virtual student awards

Students across BMet’s three main colleges were recognised for their exemplary achievements and behaviours at a trio of virtual student award celebrations last week.

Over 100 participants including students, BMet teaching and support staff, as well as key note speakers joined the special events. The Vice Principals at BMet’s James Watt, Matthew Boulton and Sutton Coldfield Colleges were the hosts for the ceremonies.

Students were celebrated across 16 categories including the apprentice of the year, the championing diversity and inclusion award, ESOL student of the year, higher education of the year and the outstanding progress award.

Speaking of their award wins, some of the delighted award recipients had the following to say:

Kashema, who won the “Championing Diversity and Inclusion Award” for James Watt College and is studying a level 3 diploma in health and social care said: “I am so happy and grateful to receive this award. It truly means a lot to me knowing that I have worked hard and that my efforts are being acknowledged.”

Lehel, who won the “Academy and Career College Award” at Matthew Boulton College and is studying a level 3 extended diploma in IT said: “I’m not only proud to win the award personally, but also ecstatic about the achievements of my fellow students, who have all been so amazing and hard-working on various projects.”

Jaimie-Lee, was a triple award winner, gaining the “College Values”, “Ready, Respectful and Safe” and the “VP Exceptional Achievement” awards for Sutton Coldfield College. The college values-focused student, who is studying an extended certificate in vocational studies said: “It was such a pleasant surprise for me to not only win once but three times, as I truly was not expecting it!

“I love being a student at such a supportive college and feel proud to be seen as a good role model and ambassador.”

BMet’s student awards take place annually and recognise those who have gone the extra mile and embody hard work and determination throughout the year.

Pat Carvalho, Principal and CEO at BMet, said of the events: “One of the great things about our colleges is that we are not just here for young people, but we also provide education and training for adults too. For me, this demonstrates how BMet is an inclusive college providing stretch, challenge and support to all our students.

“So, it is great to see the awards going to students of all ages, as well as to apprentices and students with physical disabilities and/or learning difficulties.”

The events were also a great opportunity to welcome partners of BMet, who are play a key and vital role in BMet’s development and growth.

Elizabeth Donnelly, Chief Executive of the Women’s Society of Engineers, presented the award for the “Engineering Student of the Year” at James Watt College.  Elizabeth presented the award to Engineering student Abigail and said this about the award.  “Being able to play a part in rewarding Abigail with her award (especially on International Women in Engineering Day) meant ever so much to me and I was thrilled that she received so many nominations.

“14% of engineers are women which is an increase of 185 since 2016 which is fantastic, however it is still important to find ways to address the gender imbalance and BMet shares our ambition to actively work towards this.”

To mark the occasions all winners were given a certificate and trophy.

If you would like to have the chance to win a student award, why not find out how you can join us through BMet’s range of vocational, apprenticeships, adult and higher level courses, so you can join us:

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