Animal Care & Horticulture learners celebrate at end of year awards

Lauren Birkett pictured with her award for Animal Care Learner of the Year 2015

Learners from Animal Care & Horticulture courses at the Grimsby Institute came together to celebrate their successes and achievement over the past year during their annual award ceremony.

This year the ceremony was held in the University Centre Grimsby’s Corner Lounge with learners rewarded for the commitment, excellence and dedication they have shown in their training. The awards were hosted by Head of School for Animal Care & Horticulture, Lee Lister, and presented by Executive Director Support, Sheila Farrell.

Sheila said: “I’m delighted to have been asked to present these awards to our learners. I think it’s also important that we recognise the friends and families who have supported our learners. We mustn’t underestimate how difficult it is to achieve awards like this. Without the support of their friends and families many of our learners wouldn’t have been able to achieve and on behalf of the Grimsby Institute I would like to thank each and every one who has made it possible.”

Horticulture Learner of the Year was awarded to Jason Ladley, with Lauren Birkett being awarded as the Animal Care Learner of the Year. 18-year-old Lauren was shocked to win the award and is now going on to study for a HNC in Animal Management and hopes to join the Military as a Dog Handler or work with the UK Border Force.

Lauren said: “My Mum and Grandparents has always owned animals, taken them in and rehabilitated them and released them back into the wild, and I’ve had pets of my own. I’ve loved the course. Everyone has really helped me and without them I would never have won the award or gotten as far as I have.”

Another Animal Care learner celebrating was 46-year-old Level 2 Dog Grooming learner, Steve Robson. Steve, who is based in Scunthorpe, has enjoyed the course so much that he is now considering giving up his career as a Lorry Driver to become a full-time Dog Groomer.

“I got a poodle myself and started grooming him myself. I found I enjoyed it so I decided to enrol for a Dog Grooming course. I’m working as a Lorry Driver, which is long hours and can be antisocial, but this is now a great chance to change my career.

“I have a three-year-old son and my wife and I look after him between us. Being a Dog Groomer will fit a lot better around my family life. My wife loves it and she’s looking forward to me having a job where I’ll be working normal hours. The tutors are brilliant, the course is really professional and the facilities are great – the grooming room is really good, it’s just a great set up.”