College students named outstanding individuals at CTE Partnership Awards

agatenby | July 28, 2020

28 July 2020

Two Bradford College students have been awarded the title of Outstanding Student of the Year in their respective categories at the Careers and Technical Education (CTE) Partnership Awards.

The awards, which were launched in 2019, recognise and celebrate talented individuals from primary age to post-16 students from the Bradford District.

Mohammed Ismaeel won Outstanding Student of the year in Built Environment, and Alexis Perez Zabalets won Outstanding Student of the year in Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering.

Greg O’Shea, Head of Construction and Engineering at Bradford College said:

“Alexis and Ismaeel’s hard work and determination to be the best they can be typifies the Bradford College spirit – we are so proud of them and we’re sure they both have incredibly bright futures in Construction and Engineering.”

Picture: Alexis with Greg O’Shea

The students were nominated by their college tutors, who watched them overcome personal difficulties and work hard to achieve.

The nomination for Alexis said: “Alexis came to the UK in 2019 to join his father who had moved earlier for work. He wanted to continue with his education and become an engineer. Impressed by his passion and determination, Alexis was offered a place on Bradford College’s Level 2 Engineering course and GCSE English to improve his English skills.

During the first term he excelled on the Level 2 course and was transferred to Level 3, where he excelled in all aspects of the course including Design, Electronics and Maths. Alexis took the C&G exam in March and achieved a Merit grade which is in the top 5% of students. “

The nomination for Ismaeel said: “Whilst studying Civil Engineering at the Bradford College, Mohammed unfortunately went through a troubling time. However, showing great resilience, Mohammed continued to attend his classes and work hard to achieve high grades and apply to university.” 

Mohammed Ismaeel holding his award

Youmna Khan, CTE Project Lead said:

“It has been truly humbling to see a snapshot of our districts talent, the depth of skills, tenacity and outstanding character our young people and businesses alike. This made our judges jobs even harder.”

The awards, which took place via a virtual ceremony on 3 July, are held annually by the Careers and Technical Education (CTE) is a collaboration between schools, colleges, the University of Bradford and local employers working in alliance to promote and deliver industry pathways.

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