Award winners

Our award winners highlight the vast array of people who gain so much from learning as adults.

Their stories truly inspire all of us

They help us recognise that learning is transformational, exciting, rewarding and possible at any age, for any reason and can be for all of us.

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Hannah Wilkins 2020 Patrons Award Winner

2020

Patron's Award

Education had been a negative experience for Hannah in the past and she had left school when she was 13 as a result of bullying. At age 28, motivated by a desire to better support her children with their school work, she decided it was the right time for her to return to learning.

Hannah Wilkins

Patron’s Award winner

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Brandon Layton 2020 Outstanding Individual Learner Award Winner

2020

Outstanding Individual Learner Award

Brandon was diagnosed with Autism and although he attended a specialist school, as a teenager he found his educational choices and potential were limited. Studying at Derwentside College has transformed Brandon’s life and his academic and career prospects.

Brandon Layton

Outstanding Individual Learner Award

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Laura Dunn-Green 2020 New DIrections Award

2020

New Directions Award

An Introduction into Health and Social Care course run by City College Peterborough at a local care home gave Laura the opportunity she needed to overcome her anxiety, discover her passion for caring for others, and embark on a new career.

Laura Dunn-Green

New Directions Award

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2020

Finalist

Naomi was at a point in her life where she was worried about what the future may hold. With the help of her support worker she identified barbering as a career she wanted to pursue and signed up for a level 2 course with Essex Adult and Community Learning College.

Naomi Mellersh-Tett

Finalist

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2020

Finalist

Anna had embarked on numerous hairdressing courses since leaving school, but her circumstances meant that each time she was unable to complete her qualifications and progress.

Anna Palmer

Finalist

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2020

Finalist

M-Futures was created in partnership with apprenticeship provider Total People, Manchester City Council and the Greater Manchester Working Skills Group who recognised a gap in the current apprenticeship offer around construction.

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Finalist

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2020

Finalist

Karen’s learning journey began with an entry level 3 functional skills English course at Adult Education Wolverhampton. Through her hard work and dedication she has quickly progressed to a GCSE course and volunteered with the Talk English programme to help others in the community improve their English language skills.

Karen Hanley-Brooks

Finalist

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2020

Finalist

As a maths and science tutor, Paul saw that many pupils would benefit from additional help with maths, but few have access to specialist support. He decided to start running free maths classes for adults in the community, so that they could better help their children with homework.

Paul Slater

Finalist

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2020

Finalist

Sion is employed by the Army Catering Training Trust to deliver apprenticeship support to the chefs of the Army. He has supported approximately 5,000 learners in his tenure and has also developed a range of opportunities for further learning outside of the usual military education route.

Sion Farrell

Finalist

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2020

Learning Provision Award

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Learning Provision Award

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2020

English Language Learning Award

Motivated by a desire to support her son who was born with various medical conditions and who has special educational needs, Rubi enrolled at Tameside Adult and Community Education (ACE) to learn English.

Rubi Naz

English Language Learning Award

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2020

Learning for Health Award

Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service has worked in partnership with Waltham Forest Social Prescribing to set up a range of creative courses in locations such as Walthamstow Wetlands, Lloyd Park and Epping Forest Visitor Centre in Chingford.

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Learning for Health Award

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2020

Tutor Award

Evripides works for Derby Adult Learning Service teaching English and maths from entry level through to level 2. His innovative, creative and functional lessons have supported many vulnerable and marginalised people to reach their potential and surpass their own expectations.

Evripides Evriviades

Tutor Award

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2020

Social Impact Award

Phil is a volunteer Digital Champion with Clarion Housing, and runs a regular computer drop-in session at a sheltered housing scheme for the over 55s in Basingstoke. He also provides peer support to other volunteers through the Digital Unite online forum.

Phil Branigan

Social Impact Award

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2020

Return to Learning Award

Liz’s experience of education as a child was traumatic, but she took a leap of faith and enrolled on an Introduction to Adult Social Care course with Islington Adult Community Learning.

Liz Collins

Return to Learning Award

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2020

Learning for Work Award

A course offered online by North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College stimulated Paul’s interest in learning about mental health issues, learning difficulties and disabilities, as he could see the direct relevance to his work as a police inspector with Warwickshire Police.

Paul Barnsley

Learning for Work Award

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2020

Employer Award

The Initial Operational Training Programme (IOTP) designed and delivered by the National Crime Agency (NCA) supports intelligence and investigation training through an accredited flexible learning and development framework. 

National Crime Agency

Employer Award

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2020

President's Award

Positive People, a partnership project led by social enterprise Pluss, operates across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset offering a learning lifeline to the most socially excluded and vulnerable people in society.

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President's Award

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