Cirencester Apprentice wins national education award

Georgia Redman, wins BTEC Award for Outstanding Apprentice of the Year (16-18)

For immediate release, July 2016

Georgia Redman, who recently completed an apprenticeship through Cirencester College at BBC Bristol, has won Outstanding Apprentice of the Year (16-18) at the National BTEC Awards.

The event, which celebrates achievement in the country’s most widely taken vocational qualification, was held at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London on Thursday 7th July 2016.
Ahead of the Awards Ceremony, the winners, their family, friends and nominators attended a Parliamentary reception in the House of Commons, where they met MPs and Lords.

Georgia, who was an apprentice on Countryfile, was selected for the award ahead of thousands of young people across the country in occupations more traditionally associated with apprenticeships. Georgia said: “It means so much to me to win this award, I really appreciate it”

Georgia completed the Creative and Digital Media apprenticeship and was nominated by Andy Freedman, Creative Apprenticeship Consultant at Cirencester College who for the past five years have run the scheme in conjunction with the BBC.

Joanne Brame, Series Producer BBC Countryfile said: “When Georgia came onto Countryfile, she was an absolute breath of fresh air. She was young, vibrant and wanted to do as much as she could”

On completion of the apprenticeship, Georgia, now aged 19, took up a contract with the BBC. Andy Freedman said: “Georgia is a great ambassador for apprenticeships in the Creative Industries. She was truly outstanding in her enthusiasm, commitment and professionalism. She learned very quickly and impressed everyone she met with her maturity, personal qualities and skill.”

Two other Cirencester apprentices who worked at BBC Bristol were among those commended by the judges, Billy Clarke and William Shellard, both of whom continue to work at the BBC.

Now in their sixth year, the Awards were hosted by Radio 1 Presenter Gemma Cairney and attendees by the winners, their families and teachers as well as stakeholders from the education and business worlds. Dragon’s Den judge, and BTEC champion, Peter Jones also presented the award for Business and Enterprise Student of the Year via video link.

Rod Bristow, President of Pearson in the UK, said: “BTEC is a high quality and demanding qualification with those in possession increasingly sought after by universities and employers. This year’s judges were impressed by the quality and number of nominations we received but Georgia really stood out as a truly exceptional student and deserves a huge congratulations”.

The awards recognise the nearly one million students around the country who are studying BTEC qualifications this year. Pearson, who own BTECs, received nearly 1,000 nominations across the 19 award categories for this year’s Awards.

Georgia joined Countryfile as part of the BBC Apprenticeship Scheme and now works full-time as a runner for Eastenders. As part of her apprenticeship, she gained a BTEC Level 3 Certificate and Diploma in Creative and Digital Media and it’s fair to say, she squeezed every opportunity out of her experience and is now reaping the rewards.

From the outset, Georgia chased every opportunity available to her. Although initially too young to go out to the filming, she familiarised herself with production management, setting up shoots, booking logistics, call sheets, clearing copyright and reporting music used in the programmes and more. Georgia showed incredible maturity and enthusiasm for the industry throughout her apprenticeship and in her spare time by producing a film she had written with funding she received from the BFI.

Georgia is a shining example of how an apprenticeship can be a really effective route to starting a career in a highly competitive industry and she is an inspiration to future apprentices.