The BTEC 2019 Awards are happening today and we are proud to announce that Apprentice Ross Howells from Southeastern has been commended as BTEC Engineering Student of the Year in the Silver awarding category for this years’ event.

Ross had this to say, “It’s a massive honour to receive the Silver BTEC award and it is nice to be rewarded for the hard work I have put in over the past 2 years. The Apprenticeship has allowed me to learn a new trade whilst still earning money for my family and I.”

The BTEC Awards introduced the Silver BTEC Award this year for the first time, to recognise and encourage nominees who made it through to the finals by demonstrating outstanding achievements and commitment through their BTEC studies, which are worthy of celebration.

Silver Award winners have:

  • Achieved, or are on track to achieve excellent grades
  • Demonstrated clear passion for their subject and a significant contribution to the life and/or study of others (e.g. mentoring or coaching)
  • Given examples of high achievement and going “above and beyond” in their commitment to an extracurricular activity, for example; volunteering, entering competitions, taking the initiative to develop their skills through additional work placements or otherwise gaining industry experience outside of what’s expected from the course


Southeastern Apprentice Ross Howells also won the Apprentice of the Year Award at the IPS Annual Engineering Awards 2018.

IPS BTEC Tutors nominate Apprentices that they believe deserve recognition for the national awards. Our BTEC Section Manager, Jim McCartney, (who also presented the BTEC Science student of the year Award at the event) had this to say, “this is a true reflection of the hard work and effort Ross has put in during his time here at IPS.”

A brilliant achievement Ross and we are very proud of all our Apprentice’s achievements.