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Inaugural awards evening celebrates success of Adult Learning and Skills service

Achievements of some of Cambridgeshire’s most inspirational learners, volunteers and businesses were celebrated at a special awards ceremony.

Cambridgeshire County Council hosted the inaugural #BeInspired Adult Learning and Skills Awards 2017 to celebrate the achievements of learners and partners over the last year.

County Councillors Ian Bates and Lis Every were among the guests at the awards at Ely College, which were presented by Lynsi Hayward-Smith, Head of Adult Learning and Skills at the county council.

Among the winners was Zainab Jurabay, who won the Inspirational Learner Award. The mother-of-three, who lives in Cambridge, came to the city as a refugee from Afganistan and her only way of communicating was smiling and saying ‘sorry’ a lot. But after two terms on the English for Speakers of Other Languages course, run by the Adult Learning and Skills service, her communication skills have gone from strength to strength.

Nominating her, tutor Kasia Pluta said: “By the end of the second term, not only Zaynab could name all the body parts; but for the first time we found out her surname, the names of her three children, that she left her parents, two brothers and three sisters in Afghanistan; her husband is a taxi driver and that she doesn’t like rain in England.

“When she introduced herself during the last lesson of the term the class applauded and we had tears in our eyes. I have never witnesses such a collective sense of pride.”

Another winner was single mum-of-two, Louise Hill, who was awarded the top prize in the Career Progression category. Before joining the Huntingdon Adult Learning and Skills centre in 2016, she did not have any school qualifications and was working as a cleaner for a few hours’ a week, lacked any confidence and was suffering bouts of depression.

Despite experiencing a number of personal issues, she has now completed a number of IT and English qualifications and has been accepted for a part-time job.

Christine Dade, Adult Learning Skills Tutor who nominated her, said: “From the initial meeting when Louise struggled to communicate, smile or ask for any assistance without prompting, she had the self-confidence to deliver an excellent presentation during her Level 1 speaking and listening assessment. Louise now talks opening and is excited about starting her new job.”

Sam Clift, who has volunteered as a Digital Champion for nine years, was the winner of the Inspiring Volunteer Award after bringing a club that teaches people internet skills who are over the age of 55 or disabled at St Vincent’s Community Centre in Girton “to life”.

Nominating him Nyree Scott, Project Manager for Adult Learning and Skills, said:  “Nine years ago, the only thing that existed in this scheme was a simple lone machine in the corner of the community communal room. Sam became a volunteer and brought Internet Club 55 “to life”. Today he is still at the head of the group and on most Monday mornings the club is almost bursting at the seams with more than 30 people in attendance.”

Cllr Mathew Shuter, Highways & Community Infrastructure committee chairman, said: “The achievements of our learners and partners over the last academic year have been truly inspirational. Their success will hopefully encourage others to join a class in the future.”

The Adult Learning and Skills aims to help individuals, communities and businesses fulfil their potential and to grow, giving them access to a variety of support including careers advice and a range of support for skills development and routes into employment.

A full list of the winners:

Inspirational Learner: Zaynab Jurabay (award sponsored by The Good Things Foundation)

Inspiring Supporter: Christine Dade (award sponsored by The Education & Training Foundation)

Excellent Volunteer Group: Anita Feltell and Kevin Ball (Manea Internet Club) (award sponsored by Rotary Club of Ely)

Inspiring Volunteer: Sam Clift (award sponsored by Rotary Club of Ely)

Excellent Partner: Andrew Hodgkinson (Ely JCP) (award sponsored by Tesco Huntingdon)

Excellent Provider: GAP Learning CIC

Getting into Work: Samir Osman (learner on our Community Connections (South) Project is an exciting new project to help those furthest from work back into employment, funded by the Big Lottery and European Social Fund (ESF)

Supporting into Work: Mark Hawking (Switch Now CIC) and Kenny Cox (Wisbech Adult Learning and Skills Centre)

Career Progression Award: Louise Hill

All Photo's taken from the night can be viewed here

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Family Learning Festival 2017

All forms can be found here

ACL 14 Final Adult Learning Risk Assessment Form.doc

Easy Read Learner enrolment form 2017-18.docx

Evaluation info sheet.doc

Evaluation report form 2017.doc

FL Festival enrolment form 2017-18 Family Version.docx

FLF Wellbeing Card 2017.docx

Grant advice info sheet.doc

Learner enrolment form 2017-18 new logo.docx

Logos for partners.docx

Signposting onto learning info sheet SL to update.doc

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Join our free CV workshop to find out more

•Support tailoring your CV to help you get your ideal job
•Do’s and Don’ts of CV writing
•How to create different types of CV

4th July, 1.45pm to 4pm

Huntingdon Adult Learning and Skills Centre
1st Floor, Huntingdon Library

T: 01480 372736 E: HuntsALS@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

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•Job roles and careers
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•Try out new skills on the day!

9.30am-1.30pm at the following venues

Tuesday 27th June FACET, March, PE15 8UW
OR
Tuesday 4th July Victoria Lodge, Wisbech, PE13 2UW

Please contact us to book your free place:

T: 01354 750173 E: FenlandALS@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

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Want to work in Hospitality?

Join our free workshop to find out more

•Job roles and careers in Hospitality
•Skills and experience – what are employers looking for?
•Training and qualifications
•Try out new skills on the day!

Tuesday 20th June 9.30-1.30pm Victoria Lodge, Wisbech, PE13 2UW
OR
Tuesday 11th July 9.30-1.30pm FACET, March, PE15 8PH

To book your free place, please contact us:

T: 01354 750173 • E: FenlandALS@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

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Join our free CV workshop to find out more!

•Support tailoring your CV to help you get your ideal job
•Do’s and Don’ts of CV writing
•How to create different types of CV

Tuesday, 4th July, 1.45pm to 4pm

Huntingdon Adult Learning and Skills Centre
1st Floor, Huntingdon Library

T: 01480 372736 E: FenlandALS@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

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 Awards Evening Nomination 

The Adult Learning and Skills Awards Evening is to be held on 12th July 2017, 6 - 9 pm 

The nomination categories are:

Career Progression Award – A learner who has been promoted in their workplace or got a better job because they have attended a course or an event run by Adult Learning & Skills

Supporting into Work Award – A member of staff who has helped a learner to get a job

Getting into Work Award – A learner who has got a job because they attended a course or event run by Adult Learning & Skills

Excellent Provider Award – A provider (an organisation who is funded by Adult Learning & Skills) who has provided excellent learning opportunities through innovative ideas

Excellent Partner Award – A partner (an organisation who works in partnership with AL&S but is not funded by AL&S) who has provided excellent learning opportunities through innovative ideas

Inspiring Volunteer Award – a volunteer who has inspired others to learn and progress

Excellent Volunteer Group Award – a group of volunteers who have had a positive impact on their community

Inspiring Supporter Award – a member of staff who has given excellent support to a learner

Inspirational Learner Award – A learner who has achieved much more than they hoped for by attending a course or an event run by Adult Learning & Skills.

All completed nominations need to be received by midnight on Friday, 16th June 2017.

Please note that the nominations are now closed.

Awards Evening Working Group