Education providers across the UK are celebrating Adult Learners’ Week 2014, being held from 16th-20th June, seeing adults in our region invited to take advantage of the free activities that are happening to promote the opportunities for individuals and organisations to celebrate the benefits of lifelong learning.
Whether you’re an individual thinking about improving your current job prospects or you want to learn something new, or an organisation looking to help support adults with lifelong learning, Adult Learners’ Week is all about you.
Two adult learners from the Grimsby Institute, Denise Simmons and Keith Fenwick have been celebrating how returning to education has changed their lives and even seen them win awards for their success.
38-year-old Denise was a production worker with Icelandic Seachill and had always wanted to be a Receptionist, but had no office experience. She heard about the NVQ Level 2 Business Administration and spoke to the Head of HR, Elaine Neale, about the possibility of enrolling for a course. Denise said:
“Every time I pass something on the course I get a little bit more confident, I’ve even passed my driving test recently. I’ve just been given a job as a Health and Safety coordinator at work.”
Denise has now been named as the Yorkshire and the Humber Learning for Work Apprentice Award during the Adult Learners’ Week Awards and has even inspired her husband to think about returning to learning.
Denise continued: “When I told my husband I’d won this award he was really happy for me and it was such a fantastic feeling. Adult learning has completely changed my life.”
42-year-old Keith has been training with IRISNDT UK, a supplier of Non Destructive Testing (NDT) services based in Immingham, and on an ECITB programme with the Grimsby Institute at the Centre for the Assessment of Technical Competence – Humber (CATCH) for the past six months, after coming to a crossroads in his life that saw him seeking a new career.
Keith explained: “My dad passed away and then I took redundancy from my job as a Telecommunications Installer. I then set up my own business but, because of the recession, it proved really difficult. I did some research and found out about Apprenticeships. I completed an application and then forgot about it.
“Suddenly I found myself unemployed, two days later I got a call saying I’d been accepted for an Apprenticeship and could get funding from North East Lincolnshire Council. It was like it was supposed to happen. I enjoy everything about the Apprenticeship, it’s like my thirst to learn has been awoken.”
Following the announcement Keith was invited to meet Jim Sheard, the CEO of IRISNDT, who was visiting the UK from Canada. Keith continued: “It was just amazing to be nominated for the award. It’s done more for my career than I ever thought possible. I just love doing what I’m doing. Up to six months ago everything was a massive struggle. I can’t believe that I’ve actually won this award. I didn’t even know what Phased Array or Ultrasonic Testing, both specialist areas in NDT, were six months ago, now to think that I could be doing it for my career is incredible.”
The Grimsby Institute is holding a special Open Event for Adult Learners’ Week on Tuesday 17th June. Tours of the campus will be available at 10am, 1pm and 3pm and anyone can come along and speak to any of our friendly staff about the many courses and funding options available to adult learners. For more information simply call 0800 315 002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org