Proud mother Ellen FIshwick, BTEC Award winner Kirsty Fishwick and Peter Jones Enterprise Academy lecturer Jill Campbell

Entrepreneur Kirsty Wins National BTEC Award

Thu, 2002-05-09 01:00

East Durham College Peter Jones Enterprise Academy student Kirsty Fishwick has been selected as the 2013 National BTEC Business Student of The Year.

Kirsty, 19, from Peterlee, was put forward for the award by course leader Jill Campbell and beat off competition from around 750 other applicants from across the UK to win the award.

Kirsty and Jill will now travel to the National BTEC Awards Ceremony in London on 4th July where, following a Parliamentary reception and lunch at the House of Lords, Kirsty will be presented with her prize at the Royal Horticultural Halls.

Winning the award came as a complete shock to Kirsty who was really proud just to have been put forward for the award. 

Kirsty said: “I couldn’t believe it when Jill told me I had won.  I was really proud when Jill put me forward for the award, but knew it was going to be hard to be selected because of the sheer number of applicants.

“I still can’t believe that I have been selected as the winner, I have worked really hard over the last year and this is a huge achievement to round it off. I can’t wait to go to the House of Lords to collect it.”

Jill Campbell, course leader for the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy at East Durham College, added: “This is a fantastic achievement for Kirsty and one she thoroughly deserves.

“She has worked really hard over her time at the College this year and it’s great for her to see her work get recognised on a national scale.

“To win the award out of 750 nominations shows how brilliant a student Kirsty is and I’m sure it will be a fantastic occasion when she goes to London to collect the award.”

And her proud mother Ellen Fishwick has praised the work by the College that has helped Kirsty down a new path.

Ellen said: “Enrolling on the Peter Jones Enterprise course has completely changed Kirsty’s direction.

“She has thoroughly enjoyed the course at East Durham College and done incredibly well in all the tasks and assignments she been given.

“The support she has received from her tutors at the College has been great and I'm grateful for all their support.

“I'm so proud that she's won this award, it is fantastic to see Kirsty’s work recognised ahead of so many other nominations.”