Uplifting learner journeys showcased during Adult Student of the Year Awards Ceremony
A group of adult learners whose ‘commitment, passion and motivation’ has shone throughout their studies have had their achievements officially recognised by Walsall College. 23 learners were presented with an Adult Learner of the Year Award within their subject area.
Assistant Principal, Richard Brennan said: “Our adult learner awards ceremony is always a story of hope. We see learners returning to their studies, enjoying new career and life opportunities as a result. Many of them overcame setbacks and challenges before getting to where they are now and it’s incredibly uplifting for everyone to see just how much they have achieved.
“Congratulations go to all our award winners, the lecturers and trainers who have supported their learning and development and the families and friends who have encouraged them along the way.”
Overall adult learner of the year was hospitality and ESOL student, Elclesio Lemes. The 35-year-old originally from Brazil combined his studies with work experience, volunteer work and raising his family. He is now working at a Brazilian restaurant in Smethwick.
“I am grateful to all my lecturers for believing in me and helping me start a new life here in the UK,” said Elclesio. “It’s always been important to me that I make my own way, so to be enjoying a new career as a chef feels really good.
“I’m still part of the college community. I want to keep improving my English and carry on helping others, showing them that the past does not have to hold them back and stop them from achieving what they want to.”