Trafford College student Feven Zeray is celebrating after winning the prestigious BTEC Adult Learner of the Year Award 2018.
Feven was recognised for her achievements in her engineering studies at the glittering 2018 BTEC Awards ceremony held at Central Hall Westminster in London, on Thursday, 5 July.
A late returner to education, Feven is studying a BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 electrical engineering and her ultimate goal is to become a successful and skilled engineer in the aeronautical engineering sector. While obtaining top marks in her studies and single-handedly raising her daughter, she still also managed to find the time to volunteer at multiple college events as a student ambassador in order to encourage others into STEM industries.
Feven said: “I am so happy to have won this award, I never could have imagined it! I’ve always worked hard to get the best results because I believed I should, but to be recognised for it feels amazing so amazing; I can’t even put it into words. I’m so incredibly grateful and thankful for my daughter who is the reason for my determination, and my friends and tutors at Trafford College who supported me through my journey to get here.”
Engineering tutor Ali Gebelli said: “Feven is one of the most exceptional students I have encountered in my teaching career. Throughout her time at college she has exhibited excellence in all that she puts her mind to. Her endless inquisitiveness, positive attitude and her willingness to take risks, leads me to believe there will be no limit to her growth and achievements in college and beyond.”
Rod Bristow, President of Pearson in the UK, said: “I want to offer my congratulations to Feven for winning this award. The judges were hugely impressed by the quality of nominations this year and this is a fantastic achievement.
“The BTEC Awards are one of my favourite events of the year. They are a wonderful celebration, not just of the outstanding winners themselves, but of the value of the BTEC qualification to employers and universities around the world.”
Spanning 24 categories, the eighth annual BTEC Awards were hosted by financial journalist and TV Presenter Steph McGovern, and showcased the fantastic contributions made by students and young people studying for BTECs. The ceremony was attended by the winners, their families and teachers as well as leading stakeholders from the education and business worlds.
An expert panel of 52 judges carefully considered each nominee before deciding upon a winner.
Pearson has been the guardian of BTECs for over 30 years and during this time the qualifications have facilitated the training of work-ready candidates with the knowledge and practical skills that employers need. These hands-on vocational qualifications continue to be respected as a valuable route straight into employment, and into employment via university.