College recognises determined adult learners23 June 2015
Adult learners from City and Islington College’s Centre for Lifelong Learning have been recognised for their achievements this year at an annual awards ceremony.
The ceremony which took place during the national Adult Learners’ Week 2015 recognised students for progression, employability skills, academic achievement, enterprise, and outstanding achievement.
Special guests included the Deputy Chief Executive of the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) , Tom Stannard, who said: “Adult Learners’ Week is a massive national campaign and I am proud to be here to celebrate your success with you.
“Continued adult learning is so important to our economy and our communities. It provides the training and learning to get adults back in to employment, it helps develop and sustain our communities and also provides a lot of fun and enjoyment to countless individuals across the country.”
Jacquie Mutter, Chief Executive of the Open College Network London, also spoke to students on the terrific value education can have on adults.
Inspiring winners included Amber Munir who after studying functional skills and IT has now secured a job in the payroll department at Islington Council.
She said: "I am very pround to receive this award. The College has helped me to take the right courses to get on to the career ladder and I am really looking forward to the future."
Full list of award winners
Academic Achievement Award
Glenroy Williams - 'Glenroy is a central member of the class and, having found the key to unlock his own learning potential, is keen to share his skills and knowledge with his classmates.'
Gabriel Thomson - 'Gabriel has proven himself to be a smart, intelligent and amicable young man who will enter King’s College with all the attributes needed to read for a degree in philosophy.'
Bradley Moon - 'Bradley is a shining example for how much can be achieved with the right attitude.'
Mehret Berhane Dagne - 'I do feel that I have overcome any problems I had, as I have been given an opportunity to learn.'
Molly Ejon - 'Molly keeps an open mind whilst holding to firmly-held beliefs, she knows her strengths and areas for development.'
Fatma Nela Hakani - 'This term Fatma has taken a step towards her ambition to work in childcare by taking an Early Years childcare course at the College.'
Employability Skills Award
Amber Munir - 'Amber has gone from strength to strength, driven by her hunger for education.'
Meral Yuksel - 'Meral has shown fantastic determination and never gives up.'
Student Leadership Award
Saratu Abubakar - 'Saratu led by example, committing herself to her studies, showing determination and perseverance in pursuing her goal.'
Oliver McGarry - 'Oliver has shown great initiative and leadership skills in his position as Centre Representative for the Students Union.'
Sergio Di Prima - 'Sergio has made an outstanding contribution not only in the context of his studies, but in the wider college experience for the benefit of other students.'
Alex Noble - 'Alex Noble stands for everything that Further Education is about!'
Mulageta Gyohannes Award for Overcoming Barriers to Learning
Eralda Taflaj - 'Eralda is extremely motivated and has worked hard to improve her English.'
Lynette Oliphant Award for Outstanding Achievement in ESOL
ESOL Level 1 students - 'There are some outstanding examples of individual achievement within this group, and they also work very well together as a team.'
You can see more photos from the event on the College's flickr page.
Funding for Adult Courses
If you are aged 19+ there is help available to fund your course. Take a look here.
Centre for Lifelong Learning
On the doorstep of Finsbury Park this Centre specialises in adult education, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Literacy and Numeracy, IT and Teacher Training.