Hannah Green (L) Paul Fletton Deputy Principal Tuze Duzen

Star college students based at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College’s creative arts campus in Hinckley have carried off commendations as part of the national BTEC Awards. Hannah Green was awarded the Silver certificate in the BTEC Art and Design Student of the Year competition, and Tuze Duzen picked up a Bronze certificate in the BTEC Music Student of the Year category.

Hannah, from Coventry, works as an apprentice for Adient, which supplies seats for one third of the world’s vehicles, designing seating for Land Rover models while also studying for an HND in Art and Design. Hannah applies her knowledge of digital design, embroidery, and pattern cutting to the design of the upholstery. Her tutors say that her commitment to her studies is impressive with a high level of attention to detail and consistent achievement of Distinction grades.

Hannah helps to design vehicle seating from prototype to the build stage, firefighting production problems. Mark Morrison, chief engineer at Adient said, “Hannah has a fantastic work ethic and applies her college learning really well in live work situations. She successfully tackled an issue with seating assembly for Jaguar Land Rover by developing a technical engineering solution that was successfully implemented. We have been so impressed with Hannah that we are investing in her studies, supporting her with time away from the workplace to attend college, and will encourage her to top-up her HND to a degree next year.”

Hannah Green said, “My enthusiasm for both cars and fashion led me straight from school into a job designing seating for the Land Rover Discovery and Evoque. The HND is very flexible and enables me to focus on textiles for upholstery as well as fashion design. I have been able to combine a creative subject with the development of applied skills within industry. Automotive manufacturers plan production at least five years ahead and I want to stay ahead of trends. Inspired by the Alexander McQueen collection at the V&A, I am focused on innovation and futuristic design styles. I am interested in developing new ideas for interiors based on eco-friendly materials and vegan fabrics. At college, I have access to industry standard equipment including over-lockers, lockstitch, buttonhole and zip machines used in the manufacturing of vehicle seating. I am delighted to receive this award and hope to go on to become a manager at Adient in the future.”

Music student and singer Tuze Duzen from Hinckley was commended for developing her showmanship and performance skills and makes time to develop her skills across the range of career opportunities in the field of music and has surprised herself by enjoying music technology as well composing and arranging.

Tuze spends additional time in college, helping Level 1 music students with their theory sessions. Tuze is highly focused on realistic career options and chose to apply to Salford University due to its proximity to the ITV and BBC studios. Tuze received an unconditional offer from the University but has declared her intention to continue striving for the highest grades, displaying a strong commitment to personal growth. Tuze has previously been recognised as

the Bright Star of the Year Award at the College’s celebration of achievement celebration in November 2018.

Tuze said, “I chose to follow a BTEC course instead of A Levels because it seemed to offer the greatest scope. A black belt in karate since the age of 14, I have always been interested in Japanese culture including the art form of animé and its musical genre. I enjoy the work of Yuki Kajiura and Takahiro Obata. I am following singer songwriter Sigrid with interest and have recently been learning about the orchestral music of Tchaikovsky and Chopin. For me, music helps to fulfil my need for emotional expression.

“While I would love to achieve a successful career in composing and singing, I have learnt to set realistic expectations and so I will also be preparing for employment in the technical aspects of music including sound engineering. The BTEC course has given me the freedom to explore widely within the discipline and I have become aware of career routes I might not have known about if I had followed an academic route. The BTEC course has really opened my eyes to the options available in music careers and I have surprised myself with my interest and ability in the technical aspects of music.

“I chose to apply for a degree course in Pop Music and Recording at the University of Salford which has a strong performance element but also enables students to gain skills in sound and studio engineering. Having supported so many of my peers at my college and karate club, I would consider a teaching career or maybe music therapy or music journalism.”

Marion Plant, OBE FGCI, Principal and Chief Executive of North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College said, “Congratulations to Hannah and Tuze who have won through against a strong field from across the country. Their stories have obviously made an impression with the judges who have recognised their dedication to their subjects and passion to succeed in their future careers. This is a great accolade for them both and a tribute to the commitment of the tutors that have supported them.”

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