Last week we held our annual Celebrating Success Awards, celebrating amazing results and contributions from our students across all aspects of the College. The Awards are broken down into ‘Students of the Year’, with each discipline being able to nominate their chosen student of the year.
Peter King was the nomination for Distance Learning Student of the Year. Peter has been studying a BTEC Diploma in Highway Engineering to support progression in his role as a Trainee Technician for North Somerset Council. He is now a Principal Engineer in the Highways Operations Team, responsible for a range of Highway Maintenance Projects.
On the night of Celebrating Success, Peter was presented with two awards. Not only did he win the Distance Learning Student of the Year for his hard work and dedication, but his project on his Diploma was awarded the ‘Institute of Highway Engineers’ Best Project Award 2019′ by IHE (Institute of Highway Engineers).
“The IHE’s Best Project Award acknowledges the considerable hard work and dedication the learner has made over a sustained period of their studies. The IHE sees Bath College as a key partner in providing the knowledge and skills the highway engineering sector so desperately needs in these challenging times.” – Richard Hayes
We caught up with Peter to find out how he found completing his Diploma with us and how he felt about winning our Distance Learning Student of the Year.
Can you give us a little background about yourself?
I left a small construction company working on the tools to start a new opportunity as a Trainee Technician for North Somerset Council. I was encouraged to take on the Professional Diploma in Highway Engineering by my employer to enable me to develop my career. Five years later and I am now a Principal Engineer in the Highways Operations Team, with responsibility for the delivery of a wide range of highway maintenance projects across North Somerset.
Why did you choose to study the BTEC Professional Diploma in Highway Engineering?
It was recommended to me as part of my Trainee Programme with North Somerset Council. They funded my course, with an expectation that I would dedicate my time to complete it. I chose this course over a generic engineering qualification as I wanted to focus my career in Highways engineering.
On your course, what has been most valuable to you?
- The ability to fit my studies around my home and work life
- The knowledge I have gained to support my practical experience within the industry
- The knowledge I have gained to support others in my team, helping them to develop their careers
- The support and opportunities I received from my employer, North Somerset council
What made you choose Bath College?
As far as I am aware it was the only college offering a Highways-specific qualification. The course was relevant to my current job and benefited both myself and my employer.
What do you plan to do with the knowledge you have gained from studying for the Professional Diploma in Highway Engineering?
Since completion of my course with Bath College, I have moved onto an ILM Level 5 Leadership and Management qualification. In conjunction with the ILM course, I hope to use the technical knowledge I have gained from the Highways Distance Learning course to assist me in developing junior members of the team. I will also use my knowledge to deliver larger projects.
What piece of advice would you give to anyone looking to enrol on a Highways Distance Learning course?
- Understand your learning style, it will stand you in good stead for your course.
- Work with your tutors and ask for help if you get stuck. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience from which you can learn and are always happy to assist you. It’s not always easy if you don’t have classmates or a face to face tutor to talk things over with. I was fortunate to have great employers and tutors who were dedicated to helping me to achieve my goals.
- Engage and ensure you have ‘buy-in’ from your employer, it makes your life much easier. The support and learning opportunities I received from my employer made a real difference.
- Think positively, stay motivated and enjoy it!
How do you feel about receiving the Institute of Highway Engineers’ Best Project Award 2019 as well as Bath College’s Distance Learning Student of the Year 2019 Award?
It’s a great feeling. It was such an honour to not only be recognised by Bath College but also by the IHE, the experts in my field.
The Distance Learning courses at Bath College cover a broad spectrum. You can pick from CPD courses across a variety of professional subjects, such as Administration or Counselling, or our more specific Highways Specialist courses. Distance Learning is a unique way of learning; you learn at your own pace in your own time, with the option of communicating with your assigned tutor if you get stuck or need any help. You complete a range of online modules over a varying period of time, these modules are how you are assessed.
If you’re interested in finding out more about our Distance Learning courses, you can find them by clicking here. Alternatively you can contact our Distance Learning team by emailing DistanceLearning@bathcollege.ac.uk or firstname.lastname@example.org.