We have submitted our Inspire! Adult Learning Awards 2022 nominations!

1-March-2022
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This year, we have received many inspirational stories about our learners and their achievements. They have all taken steps to turn their lives around to build a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities. Adult learning has been key to each of their success stories and for many a lifeline. For some, the prospect of sharing their stories is too daunting. We have the privilege of working with and sharing some of their stories but would like to congratulate each one of our learners for working so hard, overcoming barriers, and achieving their goals, to us – each, and every one of you are inspirational!

Our Curriculum Development Co-ordinator Amy Binnell nominated or AMIF learner Suha Abdelrahim Nooreldin Elhag for the Inspire Award; Different Past: Shared Futures category, because she has shown a commitment to both her personal journey into integration in Wales and supported others with their journeys too. Arriving in the UK in summer 2020 from Sudan, to join her husband and seek refuge from war. Suha has overcome many barriers including learning a new language. Suha has worked hard to become integrated into her community and help others to feel more at home.

Suha says, “Life was difficult in Sudan and I was so happy to be able to come to the UK and join my husband. I have made lots of new friends in my English classes and at my job, I attend English classes three days a week and work as a cleaner 6 days a week. I want to help children by volunteering with the Parent and Toddler group – this will help me towards my goal.”

Our tutor Dawn Rees nominated or learner Fosia Ibrahim for her determination and perseverance. Fosia gained her Lever 2 award in Youth work and as a result has gained employment as a youth support worker with Cardiff Council at Cardiff Deaf Cool Youth Club. Fosia’s persistence and hard work meant that she was able to share her perspective and teach her fellow learners along the way. Throughout the lessons our learners gained new knowledge with Fosia leading by a great example. All learners had a positive experience through being made aware of British Sign Language and made great connections. Fosia has gained a lot of new skills and is looking forward to applying these to her future.

Fosia says, “The course is giving me a change of direction in my career. It has giving me a chance to use my knowledge of working as a Learning Support Assistant with children in a youth work setting. The course has been enjoyable and has enhanced my self-esteem. The course has widened my knowledge about youth work in a local, national and international issues. Much of young people’s rights are due to local, national, and international legislation. I am going to join Youth Work Level 3 when it starts. Anyone with a passion for working with young people should apply to join this course. The Tutors are really committed to inclusion and supporting the whole journey of learning. As a result of completing this course I have now secured a position with Cardiff Council working at Cardiff Deaf Cool Youth Club.”

Our tutor Kirsty Jenkins nominated our learner, Karen Alpan for overcoming her barriers to learning including mental health and well-being issues. She has worked very hard and achieved her goals. She has shown passion and motivation and now aspires to become a teacher one day soon.

Karen says, “After a particularly low point in my life, I decided to ease myself back into the working environment and came across Adult Learning Wales during an online search. I saw that they were running ESOL courses in my area and this piqued an interest. Following the contact details on the website, I spoke to Leane Saunders an enquired about becoming a volunteer with her. We arranged to meet over coffee and as some would say, the rest is history! I used this to motivate myself and for several weeks, I became a volunteer and I absolutely loved it. It gave me back my passion and hope and it wasn’t long before I started to believe in my ability to achieve my dream career as a tutor myself. Discussing this with Leane led to me enrolling on the Train the Trainer course which I successfully completed very soon after. This success propelled me into other areas, and I went on to study accredited courses in Safeguarding, Employability and Mental Health as well as attending awareness courses in areas such as Domestic Abuse and Drug and Alcohol Misuse to further my knowledge. Most recently, I have successfully completed the Award in Education and Training which is the minimum requirement to work for Adult Learning Wales as a tutor. My time as a learner consolidated the fact that as a tutor, I would like to begin my journey with Adult Learning Wales. I value their ethos of helping individuals to realise their potential and making communities more resilient in times of change.”

Our Curriculum Development Co-ordinator Jayne Murphy nominated our learner, Ryan Jones for improving dramatically and succeeding in his studies. After enrolling on a Construction programme, he has now secured an apprenticeship.

Ryan said, “After finishing school, I was at a loose end and was unsure what to do next. I was then told about Communities for work and the Construction academy they were running, which really interested me. I signed up with Communities for work and was allocated a mentor, who helped me sign onto the Construction Hub. On the first day of the hub, I was quite nervous, especially as I was the youngest there, but I was made to feel at ease. During the course, I completed on site training which included avoidance of underground apparatus, abrasive wheels, working at height, confined space awareness, asbestos awareness and also manual handling. I’ve now gained my CSCS card too!”

Our Curriculum Development Co-ordinator Jayne Murphy nominated the Sparrows Aln Group for their exemplary dedication for their learners. The parents and grandparents formed the Sparrows for families with a child with a disability or special educational needs – with a primarily focus for autistic learners or learners with learning differences. They have completed a number of British Sign Language units, which gave them better support with non-verbal children and a better knowledge of B.S.L. They have completed the Highfields First Aid courses, Food Safety courses and many more, and they have arranged many amazing family activities.

Sparrows Aln Group say, “These courses are so very important to our community and families because they helps us to understand and help our children and to give us adults something to focus on for our own mental health well-being. For the future of Sparrows, I hope we will grow from strength to strength and help many more families. I can’t put into words the joy sparrows have given to me over the past 4 years.”

Our Curriculum Development Co-ordinator Jayne Murphy nominated the Community for Work Plus ‘Care Academy Programme’ for running classroom-based courses for learners to gain employment, in particularly for the Care Academy. The Blaenau Gwent Communities for Work Plus team based in Brynmawr have arranged learners to feed onto their courses from surrounding areas with the aim of giving each learner a set of recognised Qualifications that will give them better prospects for employment. The C4W+ team and Care Academy Programme is a successful programme of learning.

Community for Work Plus ‘Care Academy Programme’ say, “Training has been bespoke for pre-employment and is linked to sectors and role specific, the utilisation of Adult Learning Wales Provision has provided a wider sector awareness and provision to facilitate increased confidence and skills. The CfW/Plus offer participants the opportunity to undertake a pre-employment sector pathway to help raise their awareness and knowledge of a particular sector and to offer potential training/upskilling in a new sector. CfW/Plus to support participants to help them prepare for and eliminate any fears and anxieties they may have to help them make the transition into employment. We cover a wide range of courses with fantastic trainers, all participants gain a great understanding and knowledge ready for employment as well as gaining Qualifications. The academies have been very successful with many participants gaining employment.”

We would like to wish each learner the very best of luck with their Inspire! Adult Learning nominations this year!

We report on our learner achievements throughout the year! If you would like to read individual stories and good news, click here. Or, if you are inspired by our learners and would like to find out more information about our courses, click here.

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