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News & Views | BTEC

The Rise of the Facebook Nation


When David Cameron became Britain's prime minister, he made an appointment to talk to another head of state — Mark Zuckerberg. Yes, that Mark Zuckerberg: the billionaire wunderkind, the founder of Facebook. At the meeting at 10 Downing Street, Prime Minister Cameron and Facebook president Zuckerberg discussed ways in which social networks could take over certain governmental duties and inform public policymaking.

Apprenticeships are a great way to make sure that you're hired

Students over the age of 16 who choose an apprenticeship are in good company, irrespective of the goings-on in Lord Sugar's boardroom. Notable apprentices throughout history have included Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin and even Elvis, who was an apprentice electrician before putting on those blue suede shoes.

Modern apprenticeships have rather more structure and support than their predecessors, though, and are growing in popularity. According to the National Apprenticeship Service, there are currently 85,000 employers offering apprenticeships in 130,000 locations. With 200 apprenticeships to choose from, covering every industry from arts, media and publishing to engineering and manufacturing technologies, candidates will find many potential career paths open to them.

Interview with first BTEC tutor of the year


A South Thames College teacher has won Outstanding Tutor of the Year at the first national BTEC awards.

Euthan Newman, who teaches health and social care, was praised by judges for his outstanding commitment to his students.

"I'm very grateful for this honour and I will continue trying to be a teacher worthy of the term 'outstanding'." Mr Newman told FE News.

Nearly one million UK students, aged 16 and up, are studying for BTEC qualifications, which cover subjects from sports to science.

The awards ceremony was held at the Royal Society of Arts, in London, on 7 July, attended by education leaders and policy makers including Skills Minister John Hayes.

BTEC heroes recognised at awards night

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A college lecturer who works 13-hour days and marks all his students’ work within two days has been recognised at the inaugural National BTEC Awards.

FE learners, teachers and providers were among those recognised in the awards ceremony, held yesterday at the RSA in London.

The awards were created by publisher Pearson, owner of exam board Edexcel, to recognise vocational excellence. BTECs were taken by more than 500,000 learners in 2010-11.

Euthan Newman, who teaches health and social care at South Thames College in London, was named the Outstanding BTEC Teacher or Tutor of the Year.

After 20 years managing care homes, he came to the college and has since started a tutor group for youngsters who need extra support to encourage them to apply to university. He regularly takes after-hours workshops until 9pm.

Apprenticeship week 6-10 February 2012


Apprenticeship Week will take place from 6 - 10 February 2012.

The aim of the week is to improve awareness of Apprenticeships and raise their profile. This year's theme is Get with Apprenticeships and will showcase the talents, skills and commitment of real apprentices and their employers.

The National Apprenticeship Service has produced a toolkit to provide more information about the week and how you can get involved. Find out more information on their website and download the toolkit here Read more...