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03 August 2018

Ceremony honours adult learners

Wiltshire Council honoured achievements in the field of adult education with an awards ceremony at Trowbridge Civic Centre.

Students all parents aged 19 and above - were recognised for enormous strides they made in the past year as part of the council's Family Learning project.

The scheme supports less confident learners who may have missed opportunities in life due to educational, social or emotional circumstances.

Sessions involve joint family activities with parents and children, where the adults learn how they can offer support with reading, maths and homework.

More than 100 award winners and guests attended the ceremony.

Laura Mayes, Wiltshire Council's cabinet member for education, said: "The awards event was a perfect chance to celebrate the learners' hard work and successes over the last 12 months.

"It can be a brave step to go back into education when you left school behind maybe a long time ago, and these individuals deserve an enormous amount of credit and admiration for making that move."

The project has worked with 550 learners this year. Many were unemployed at the start but have used Family Learning as a springboard to improvement. Over 70% have moved on to work, training or further education.

Award winners and runners-up

Life change and progression

For someone who has changed their life or career path through learning, demonstrating that it's never too late for a second chance, a new direction or fresh start

1st Dawn Lane

2nd Beth Collette

3rd Jack Reid

Health and well-being

The winner demonstrated the positive impact that learning has had on their health and well-being

1st Jody Turner

2nd Julie Godwin

Closing the gap

The winner demonstrates how learning has made a big impact on their family life

1st Alexandra Daisy

2nd Anna Griggs

3rd   Cvetelina Georgiva

Overcoming challenges 

This award celebrates learners who have overcome disabilities or difficult circumstances to succeed with Family Learning

1st Hayley Andrews

2nd Beth Collette

3rd Dawn Lane

Functional skills learner of the year

The award winner will have achieved a Functional Skills examined qualification and may have overcome difficulties such as dyslexia, dyscalculia or issues with self-confidence.

1st Jenny Dunne

2nd Sophie Luswata

3rd Chloe Thomas

Into work

This award recognises an individual who has demonstrated outstanding determination to improve their employability through learning

1st Gemma Filer

2nd Nicola Samways

3rd Gemma Eldridge

Outstanding individual learner

Winners will have made a significant difference to their lives through learning and would inspire others to do the same, achieving beyond what they ever thought was possible.

1st Christina Corderoy

2nd Tia Perry

3rd Hannah Wilkins

The awards were presented by Wiltshire councillors and officers:

  • Cllr. Philip Whalley, portfolio holder for education and skills
  • Kirstie Barter, skills for young people manager
  • Star Painter, founder of Westbury Parent Carers Community Group
  • Lucy-Anne Bryant, lead commissioner and troubled families co-ordinator
  • Catherine Holland, business support officer for the family learning team
  • Jackie Tuckett, acting head of employment and skills
  • Cllr Allison Bucknell, chairman of Wiltshire Council
Last updated: 3 August 2018 | Last reviewed: 3 August 2018

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