Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Celebrating of Success; Annual Event Recognises Outstanding Achievement for Adult Learners

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Celebrating of Success; Annual Event Recognises Outstanding Achievement for Adult Learners

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APPRENTICES, employers, learners and tutors gathered together for a night of recognition for outstanding achievements in adult learning.

The Celebration of Success awards, hosted by Newcastle City Learning, is an opportunity to reward the people ws ho have excelled at their learning and those who play a key part in providing high quality adult education in Newcastle. Held in their familiar settings of the main hall at Westgate College, friends and families and staff came along to show their support and see who would take home the awards.

The awards are held every year to coincide with Adult Learners Week and organised by Newcastle City Learning, the adult learning service within Newcastle City Council. There are six categories covering apprenticeships, learners, group learners, support staff, tutors and employers.

A panel of judges comprising of Sue Thompson, from the Skills Funding Agency, Tony Durcan, Newcastle City Council's director of culture, libraries and lifelong learning, Caroline Miller, head of adult learning and Coun Michael Johnson, portfolio holder for skills, business and enterprise for Newcastle City Council, had the difficult task of selecting the winners.

On the night, short films were shown to the audience to show why the nominees were being shortlisted for their achievements.

Carl Gibson, 19 from Throckley, picked was the winner in the spprenticeship category. Carl said: "I'm very honoured to be given this award."

Caroline Miller, head of adult learning said: "Most of our learners have gone on to achieve academic success but for others, their personal learning journey is just as significant. We are so fortunate to see our learners grow into more confident and skilled people than when they first joined us."

"At Newcastle City Learning we strive to be outstanding in everything we do, and in helping our learners achieve not only the qualifications they set out to obtain but also in helping them gain confidence and other qualities they need to make that desired change to their life."

The awards for apprentice, learner and group categories were presented by the Lord Mayor, Jackie Slesenger, who said: "It was such a pleasure to be able to present these awards to people who have really embraced their opportunity to learn. They really are a great example to others, showing what can be achieved. " Coun Michael Johnson presented the staff awards. He said: "I'm so pleased we took this time to recognise the efforts made by the people who provide adult learning in the city. It is these people who ensure that we can continue to be proud of the high quality learning that we have here in Newcastle."

The guests were treated to food prepared by the in-house cookery tutor, James Miller, with help from some of his existing learners. …

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