Meet our staff: Centre for Lifelong Learning

Peter Kennedy, ESOL Lecturer City and Islington College

Peter Kennedy, ESOL Lecturer

Matt Wojtyniak - Deputy Director for Skills Training, Enterprise and Employment

Matt Wojtyniak is the Deputy Director for Skills Training, Enterprise and Employment at the Centre for Lifelong Learning.

Previously, Matt managed the Business Development unit at Kensington and Chelsea College, where he was responsible for the development and delivery of a range of apprenticeships, pre-apprenticeships, and programmes aimed at supporting NEETS, ex-offenders and the long-term unemployed. He has also worked within the prison service and with Special Education Needs learners.

In his current role, he is responsible for student services, Access to Higher Education provision (ranging from law and humanities to media and business) and developing a range of professional services courses, including accounting, financial services, HR and legal services apprenticeships.

The Centre for Lifelong Learning has an excellent team and there is always dialogue about improving the learner journey and becoming as efficient and effective as possible. I think one of the College’s strengths is the range of support services it offers students. Those that I work with receive support in areas such as mental health, finance and childcare. This creates a genuinely inclusive learning environment and enables participation amongst harder-to-reach students.”

Moore Giwa - Lecturer for Access to Higher Education Diploma in Business

Moore GiwaMoore Giwa studied a PHD at the Institute of Education before becoming a full-time Access to Business lecturer at the College’s Centre for Lifelong Learning in 2013. Moore’s research focused on Widening Participation (WP) Communities.

With 64% of the College’s students coming from widening participation backgrounds, Moore brings crucial knowledge and experience to help support our students.

Moore had formerly led an education committee and worked as a counsellor in Brent and also worked as a Director of an Education and Training Centre in Newham.

A lot of our Access students have been out of education for a long time and come to the College with a lot of preconceived fears and a lack of belief in themselves. It is my job to build up their confidence and to help students build the belief that ‘I can do it’. It is also vital to manage their expectations and to be realistic that they face many challenges on the course, but that those challenges are not insurmountable. 

For many of these adult learners this is their last chance in education, so it is vital that we get it right. I believe that education is not just about getting a job but about development and helping individuals from tough social backgrounds to become more rounded people, no matter what course they study."

For many of our students who progress to university they are the first to do it in their families. Breaking the attitude that education is not for them because of where they come from is crucial and very rewarding, and I am enjoying challenge.”

 

Central London Colleges Group

Name Change Consultation

Consultation on the dissolution of City and Islington College and the change of name for Westminster Kingsway College.

The Centre for Lifelong Learning

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.