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Digital Tutor of the Year
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The future is looking brighter for many long-term jobless people in Pembrokeshire thanks to the work of Pembrokeshire College tutor Emma James and the smartphones that bring them daily learning, opportunities and encouragement.
At last night's Niace awards ceremony (held at the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff), Emma from Pembroke, was honoured for her tireless dedication to boosting the skills and confidence of her students through mobile technology.
Since joining the College, Emma has been involved with numerous community projects and has helped many people in the area to unlock their potential and get back into work.
Now playing a leading role in the College’s mCommunity project, which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Ireland Wales cross border, Emma has been using smartphones to provide one-to-one learning and job hunting support to individuals who are often on the margins of society. mCommunity is a three-year project designed to engage with ‘disenfranchised’ individuals and integrate them back into education, training or employment,
For example, through using mobile devices, tutors on the project are able to send information on job vacancies directly to learners aged 19+ and offer them the encouragement to go after these opportunities.
In recognition of her role in the project Emma has just received the prestigious ‘Tutoring in a Digital World’ award, in the annual ‘Inspire!’ awards held to mark the start of Adult Learners Week (18th – 26th May).
Emma said: “By loaning smartphones to the people I work with, I am able to provide direct assistance whenever they need me. I feel so honoured just to be nominated for the award but to win feels amazing! I have always enjoyed helping people and encouraging them to go after opportunities that they wouldn’t normally go for. My job inspires me because I have the tools to be able to turn people’s lives around and see them grow in confidence and self-esteem.”
Charlie Royal, a colleague, who nominated Emma for the award said: “By the time many of the learners reach Emma they’re often at an all-time low, depressed and without confidence. On meeting her it is impossible for your mood not to be instantly lifted. She gains learners’ trust and, through reassuring words, gives them the self-belief that if they take it step-by-step they can achieve their goals.”
Huge numbers are already experiencing the big dividends that come from learning as adults. Latest figures from the Lifelong Learning Wales Record indicate that more than 228,000 adults are involved in further education, community education or work-based learning.
Lending his support to Adult Learners’ Week, the Welsh Government’s Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Jeff Cuthbert AM said: “Anyone who invests in new skills will never regret it. You might be starting afresh or building upon some learning you’ve done before. Either way you’ll be heading in the right direction and giving yourself exciting and valuable options for the future.”