The exceptional achievements of Platform One College of Music were
celebrated yesterday, as the independent college was awarded the prestigious silver BTEC Award for BTEC College of the Year 2021 Platform One, which is twenty years old this year, was recognised by the international exam board Pearson, above all colleges across the United Kingdom.
Platform One’s hard work and dedication was celebrated at the 11th anniversary of Pearson’s annual BTEC Awards hosted online on 07 July 2021.
“This incredible award is true testament to the dedication and hard work of ourEducation Director, David Pontin
brilliant staff team and our talented students. Despite such a challenging year our
students have achieved such fantastic results, with 96% progressing to their firstchoice universities – we are so proud”.
BTEC alumni including Academy Award-winning producer and Head of Film and Animation at ScreenSkills Gareth Ellis-Unwin, entrepreneur and founder of SB.TV Jamal Edwards MBE, and award-winning actress Lucy Fallon were among those also presenting awards.
“2021 has been another extraordinary year for our BTEC learners, tutors, colleges and schools and I am delighted that today we are able to come together and celebrate this year’s winners – and all of the individuals who will be awarded a BTEC qualification this year. The hard work and commitment demonstrated by our award winners, all of whom have achieved great things, during a time of unprecedented disruption, is extraordinary and I am proud we are able to celebrate their achievements.”Cindy Rampersaud, Senior Vice President, Pearson
Nearly a million learners across the globe completed BTEC courses over the past year. The career-focused qualifications are a vital route for those pursuing careers in sectors such as IT, business, the creative industries, healthcare, engineering, construction and future industries.
Platform One has been recognised as one of the true leaders in innovative and creative education. The Isle of Wight should be proud of this outstanding college. Platform One continues to keep improving despite the ongoing challenges facing Post 16 education. Platform One truly understand the importance of employability across the creative industries, which is embedded at the heart of all study programmes.
“I must emphasise the importance of BTEC as a career-focused type of qualification and that for me is key. This is all about delivering the right skills to the right people at the right time in the right way and BTEC qualifications do just that. For me, BTEC qualifications are a game changer. They change lives and they help people improve and contribute to business and society in a big way. A huge congratulations once again to all the winners and all of the nominees.”Jonathan Ledger, Skills Specialist at The Department for International Trade
Platform One also benefit from the ongoing support of key partners including Wightlink Ferries, Sontronics, Blackstar, Ziljian, Tama, Evans, Stryman, Audient, Aston, Pearl, Ashdown and Vextax.