Hard working learners throughout the North East have been recognised at the North Tyneside Adult Learner Awards.
Organised by North Tyneside Council, the ceremony celebrated the achievements of adult learners and praised their hard work.
A total of five awards were available, with the winners taking home a glass trophy and shopping vouchers.
Cabinet member for Children, Young People and Learning, Cllr Ian Grayson, commented: “North Tyneside has a great reputation for offering high quality adult education and helping people to reach their full potential.
“I am delighted we have been able to recognise the achievements and efforts of these learners and I’d like to say congratulate everyone who was nominated in this year’s awards.”
This year’s winners included:
Sandra Girvan Adult Learner of the Year (aged 19 years and over): Emma Wilson studied Functional Skills English. Emma achieved this award by overcoming many challenges in her personal life. She showed outstanding motivation during the course and supported her peers with difficult tasks.
Dean Ash was also nominated and won this category after studying a Diploma in Practical Horticulture level 1. He was nominated because he had grown in confidence during the course and had selflessly supported other learners on programme.
Young Learner of the Year (aged 16 to 18 years): George Dixon who undertaking a business admin apprenticeship with North Tyneside Council. George won this category due to his determination to challenge himself above and beyond the requirements of the programme.
Apprentice of the Year: Sarah Godlington is working towards a business admin apprenticeship with the council too. Sarah won the category due to her being an outstanding role model for other apprentices.
Group/Class Learners of the Year: This category was won by the Introduction to Hospitality group. The group was nominated by their tutor who said the group worked hard to overcome a variety of challenges to develop an outstanding work ethic and demonstrated the importance of working as a team.
Volunteer of the Year: Paul Ward was nominated by the tutor he supported, who said that Paul worked with young people in the construction department.