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Celebrating adult learners
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As part of the national Adult Learners Week celebrations, Pembrokeshire College hosted a NIACE Inspire! Awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements of adult learners from across Pembrokeshire.
Held in the College’s Academy Restaurant, the event was hosted by the College’s community team with certificates presented by College principal Sharron Lusher.
As part of the event the outstanding effort and commitment of both learners and tutors was recognised through the presentation of a number of awards. Sign language tutor, Shirley David, nominated her group of students who she described as ‘truly inspirational’ and unbeknown to Shirley they had also nominated her for an outstanding tutor award.
The students had originally started learning the basics of sign language on an eight week community course. They progressed from beginners to intermediate level and then onto the one year Signature British Sign Language Level 1 course.
Many of the students have additional barriers to learning but are incredibly motivated in their quest to learn, improving their skills by becoming involved in a local charity for deaf people and volunteering at events, embracing deaf culture and demonstrating deaf awareness inside and outside of the classroom.
As a result of their commitment and dedication to learning, the College are planning to run the Level 2 course starting in September.
Sign language learner Angela Miles said: “We are all hoping that the course will go ahead and I am applying for further sponsorship from my employer The Meads Leisure Centre so I can attend.’
Other Pembrokeshire College learners receiving certificates were Julie Darlington and Sylvia Stubbs, nominated by Interior Design tutor Christina Davies; Janet Pardoe nominated by Sugar Craft tutor Gill Pearce and Gaynor Funnel nominated by First Aid tutor Heather Jenkins.
Julie has further continued her learning by enrolling onto a Patchwork and Quilting course and is a participant of the Engagement Gateway Project. On Friday 4th July she will also be presented with the Adult Learning Award at the College’s annual graduation ceremony to be held at St Davids Cathedral.
Recipients from other Pembrokeshire learning providers were David Cantello, nominated by DACE, Swansea University; Lorraine Warlow, from Learning Pembrokeshire; and Eliot Daley, tutor with the Workers’ Educational Association Cymru.