A St David’s College student has beaten thousands of others across the globe to be awarded BTEC Student of the Year.

Rachna Udasi also won the BTEC Award for Business and Enterprise Student of the Year. Both awards were presented at a ceremony at Central Hall Westminster in London, last week.

Rachna, aged 17, is an example of putting her education into practice. She has achieved top grades in her BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Business and hopes to become a

successful entrepreneur and inspire others.

The judges said: “Rachna exemplifies the spirit of inspiration and dedication. Her commitment to supporting others has developed into a successful local coffee business. Rachna takes the coffee beans from a community in Uganda, which she ships across to the UK, packages and sells to local coffee shops. Profits and proceeds are sent back to families in Africa."

Rachna, said: “Studying BTEC Business has broadened my thinking and is the field I wish to excel in. Winning this award has given me lots of confidence for the future and provided me with a great platform to succeed.”

St David’s College Head of Studies Mark Turner said: “Since her first day with us, Rachna has been a fantastic ambassador for St. David’s College. We quickly spotted her entrepreneurial potential and have been pushing her to develop this ever since.

“She is now well equipped to enter higher education, employment and indeed in launching her own business. The BTEC curriculum has also been flexible enough to be tailored towards Rachna’s interests such as economics and marketing, whilst also supporting her other studies including product design. I am very proud of Rachna and I know she will have a very bright future ahead of her.”