Outstanding Individual Learner Award Winners
This award celebrates remarkable individuals who, through learning, have transformed their own lives and the lives of their families, friends, their communities, and the places they work.
James Smith, known as Jimmy, returned to learning after being inspired to pursue a career as a paramedic following assistance he gave at the scene of a serious medical emergency.
"I stumbled into adult learning by accident, but I’d scream it from the rooftops if I thought I could get one person like me to go through the doors and back into education."
Habib came to the UK from Afghanistan at the age of 16 without his family and without any English. Ten years on, he has a degree and is working for a charity supporting people like himself.
“I have never believed in myself before. The change in me has been massive and my confidence has grown. I now feel that I can begin to look forward to a brighter future.”
Liz discovered the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) online, and found an art course of interest - from that first session, Liz’s learning journey began, and “it’s like magic.”
Juljan became addicted to alcohol and drugs as a young adult, but after returning to education he is now a successful manager, passing on his skills to others.
Stephen was forced to cut his 22 year career short because of his ill-health. But his drive to keep working pushed him to find new skills and new meaning to his life.
Steven was serving a four year sentence at HMP Winchester, but after completing qualifications in prison he is now in sustainable employment.
"I never had the opportunity to participate in ballet as a child and I didn’t realise there were opportunities for adults to take it up any time in life. These ballet classes have made me realise ...."