Learner Awards 2016

It all adds up: Maths success sees Louise named as LAL learner of the year!

Inspirational adult learners have been recognised for their efforts at a glittering awards ceremony in Preston.

Held at the University of Central Lancashire, the Lancashire Adult Learning annual event celebrated the achievements of learners who have gone above and beyond over the past year in a wide range of subjects – including the Arts, Health and Wellbeing, Community Development, ICT, Employability and English and Maths.

Around 70 people attended the event, including learners, their friends and families as well as tutors and senior staff from LAL. The Mayor of Preston, Cllr John Collins, and College Principal, Amanda Melton, opened the awards with a few words congratulating all nominees and winners.

Overall Learner of the Year 2016 was awarded to Louise Draper from Chorley. Louise, 32, left school with no GCSEs, having had to finish her education early to look after her baby sister. No Maths or English qualifications meant it was almost impossible to find a job and she also struggled to help her 14-year-old daughter with homework, which was upsetting. Louise has suffered from anxiety, finding it hard to even sit in a room with strangers, so enrolling on a course with LAL was a big step.

Louise enrolled on a Maths course and made fantastic progress, moving from Entry Level 3 to Level 2 within six months. Support from her teacher and other learners helped her to feel she could succeed. She can now help her daughter with homework and feels motivated and rewarded.

Louise said: “I’m 32 and I just wish I’d done it sooner. The highs for me are knowing I can do it, and I’d say don’t wait. The tutors are amazing and have helped me go from zero to hero!”

Principal of LAL Amanda Melton said: “The awards ceremony was a real celebration of the success of adult learners from across Lancashire, and it was a pleasure to be there on the evening presenting some of the awards. There are many reasons why adults may choose to return to education with LAL – from learning a new skill for life and work, such as Maths, English and computer skills, to finding a new hobby, such as learning a new language for their holiday. It was lovely to see how all our winners have benefitted from their LAL experience and hear about how they are able to put their new found skills into practice in their day to day lives.”

Other award winners on the evening were:

  • Louise Adams – Inspirational Leaner (Partner Award)
  • Ian Aitken – Outstanding Achiever 2016
  • Bualee Barrett – Inspirational Learner (English/Maths/ESOL)
  • Mary Carley – Digital Champion 2016
  • Jonathan Evans – Inspirational Learner (Community Development)
  • Danielle Granger – Inspirational Learner (ICT/Digital Inclusion and Employability)
  • Milan Hadzic – Inspirational Learner (Preparation for Life)
  • Kirsty Hopcroft – Inspirational Learner (Family Learning)
  • Sharon Noonan – Inspirational Learner (Health and Wellbeing)
  • Mary Taylor – Inspirational Learner (Arts, Humanities and Languages).
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