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Calderdale Adult Learner of the Year

20th May 2010 <b>Calderdale</b> Adult Learner of the Year

The achievements of adults from around the region who have returned to education were recognised at an Awards Evening held in the College theatre this week.

The achievements of adults from around the region who have returned to education were recognised at an Awards Evening held in the College theatre this week.

The second Calderdale Adult Learner of the Year Award, organised by Calderdale College, invited nominations from 25 learning providers across Calderdale. The judging panel which consisted of judges from Marshalls; Adult and Community Learning for Calderdale Council; and Calderdale College deliberated for several hours over choosing an overall winner.

The winner was Beverley Langley, currently studying 3D Architectural Design after starting college on an HND in Graphic Design. Previous educational experiences had left her with low self esteem and no qualifications, however her interest in design and encouragement from her tutor Sheila Greenwood soon put her on the right path.
Despite being a single mum she has maintained deadlines and is now confident about her future career with clients having commented on her professionalism.

Beverley said: ‘Going back into education has completely changed my life. At the beginning of this course I didn’t have any self belief, I honestly believed I was one of life’s underachievers. This course has changed everything; I am now a much more confident and happy person. Learning means everything to me, it means gaining confidence and respect, and it creates belief and independence’.
 

Runner up Debbie Price – Single mother, Debbie approached the Acorn Centre, Todmorden, to gain qualifications having been made redundant. After years of working in factory environments she took the decision to go back to education to learn new skills. Her hard work has certainly paid off as she was offered an administrative post at the Acorn Centre.

Runner up Aftab Nazar – Aftab has completed Level 1 and Level 2 Diplomas in Plastering which is difficult enough with it’s own set of vocabulary and terminology so it is especially hard to master when English is your second language. His determination saw him through the language barrier and out into the community producing work for his local mosque.
 

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