An awards evening was held to celebrate the end of year for UKSA’s BTEC students. There was a great turn-out, with over 100 people there. It’s been another very successful year, with over 90% retention rate across all BTEC courses, all of whom are expected to pass. 90% of Level 3 students are working in the watersports/marine industry this summer as well as numerous individuals on our Level 1 and 2 courses. 43% of our students have worked at UKSA this season (20 out of 46). A range of awards both silly and serious were given out for performances or incidents throughout the year.

The Student of the Year awards went to Ali Nolan (Level 2) and Callum Blackwell (Level 3, Year 1) who have both performed exceptionally on their BTEC courses and as instructors – both have been working as instructors at UKSA this year and Ali has just left for Lake Garda to volunteer for Sail Laser until the end of the summer before returning to do our Level 3 course next year. Instructor of the Year award went to Toby Green (Level 3, Year 2) who is currently working as a watersports instructor at Wight Water in Shanklin and wants to get into teaching. Most Improved Instructor was Leah Craven (Level 3, Year 1) who is currently working at UKSA as a watersports instructor.

Youth Training Manager Gary Kurth said: “We here at UKSA are extremely proud of what our students have achieved this year. For those completing their program, the combination of vocational and academic qualifications have secured them employment and outstanding progression.

“Working alongside the Isle of Wight College offers the learners a wide range of services and exciting opportunities to further their academic studies and we are extremely happy to be partnering with them again next year. ”

Callum said: “UKSA is a great place to study, with a wonderful atmosphere and facilities that not many other centres could provide. The teaching staff have an extensive knowledge in many different key areas. Everyone is very friendly and always happy to help out.”