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Learna with College Principal, Sam Wright

Learna Kenney, 35, from Wakefield College has transformed her life by returning to education achieving Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths, and is now working towards an apprenticeship in Healthcare. Her remarkable learning achievements are being recognised with a Learning Life Skills Apprentice Award in Yorkshire & the Humber as part of Adult Learners’ Week, 14th – 20th June.

Currently a technician at Wakefield Hospital, Learna jumped at the opportunity to complete an Apprenticeship to help improve her skills. However, she was initially fearful of the units in English and maths, having struggled with these subjects when she was at school. 

Learna decided to conquer her fears and enrolled on a course at the Castleford Campus. With the help and support of her tutors, Learna fully committed to building up her skills in both English and Maths, and has since passed each qualification allowing her to progress with her Apprenticeship.

Wayne Rogers, Functional Skills Lecturer at Wakefield College and Learna’s nominator, said: “It took a lot of hard work and effort for Learna to overcome her difficulties and have enough confidence to re-sit the tests. She has now gained so much confidence in her own ability to achieve, and this has opened up more opportunities for her to progress.” 

Learna said: “I was over the moon when I passed both qualifications. I am now able to help my nieces with their homework, and I am so proud of what I have achieved. I’m hoping to return to college to do other subjects and gain even more qualifications.”.

Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock said: "The achievements of this year’s NIACE Adult Learners’ Week winners show the positive change education can make.

“I am a big fan of Adult Learners' Week and the contribution it makes in celebrating the people who have embraced education in adulthood and in encouraging those who are considering starting out on a similar journey.” .

David Hughes, NIACE Chief Executive, said: “The achievements of all of this year’s award winners are incredible. Their stories prove that lifelong learning makes a huge contribution to a vibrant and prosperous society and a healthy and growing economy. I am sure that the dedication and ambition our winners have shown will inspire others to get into learning and help achieve their goals.” 

Adult Learners’ Week (14-20 June) celebrates the transformational power of lifelong learning through activities and events. Run by NIACE, Adult Learners’ Week demonstrates the dynamic personal, social and professional benefits of adult learning. The Festival of Learning, which takes place throughout May and June, will give individuals, families, communities and workplaces the opportunity to take part in activities and celebrate learning achievements.


CONTACT: For more information email info@wakefield.ac.uk, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 11 June, 2014

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