In Early November The Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Barry Findlay, joined Adult Education for our Festival of Learning Celebration.
Five of our students and a member of Staff were nominated by for the 2016 Festival of Learning Awards. Nominees included:
Emma Hunt - Life Skills Cookery
James Millard - Life Skills Cookery
Lisa Dawes - Level 3 Teaching Assistance
Mandy Thomas - Bookkeeping and Administration
Sarah Allington - Silver Jewellery Making
Christina Smith - Adult Support Worker for AEW
All extremely worthy nominees and worthy winners in their own right.
All nominees attended along with their guests. At the celebration those present heard why each person had been nominated for an award and learned a bit about the challenges they had faced in their lives and in their learning. Every student’s story was moving and truly inspirational. We also heard about the positive approach and special qualities that Christina Smith has brought to her role as Support Worker in the service for the past 9 years.
The Mayor presented all nominees with certificates. He also presented Sarah Allington, winner of a regional award in the Learning at Work category, with her official plaque and a letter from HRH Princess Anne.
Sarah Allington - Winner
Attending a craft event in a wheelchair, a shy Sarah was a year into her recovery from an industrial accident when she met staff from Adult Education Wolverhampton and was encouraged to join a course on designing unusual and recycled jewellery. Four years later she is a talented jewellery designer, running her own studio as director of Sarah Ellen Designs. The Festival of Learning organisers have made a short film of all national and regional award winners, see Sarah's video below: