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ABC Learner Receives NIACE Award

Midlands Adult Learners Week Award Ceremony

At the recently held NIACE Midlands Adult Learners' Week Regional Award Ceremony Kirstie Worswick was presented with an East Midlands Regional Awards Individual Learner of the Year.

The following Press release from NIACE outlines Kirstie's success story.

Kirstie, aged 20, from Hadfield in Glossop, has overcome prejudice to learn about and succeed in the male-dominated field of vehicle body and paint operations. Her dedication and commitment to learning is recognised with a Regional Individual Award as part of the 20th Adult Learners' Week 14 - 20 May 2011.

Upon entering further education in 2007, Kirstie began studying courses in vehicle body and paint operations, achieving up to level 3 in record time. She then obtained a job doing vehicle paint repair work and enrolled with Derbyshire County Council's Adult Community Education Service to study City & Guilds Welding courses one day a week, progressing from level 1 to level 3 in just 16 months. On completion, education-hungry Kirstie joined University of Derby at Buxton College and gained ABC Awards (ABC) Level 2 Welding, as well as a Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector qualification. She completed ABC Level 3 Welding in February 2011 and aims to complete the Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector during 2011, allowing her to teach welding at Buxton College. Kirstie's skills were acknowledged when she was awarded first place in the Automotive Custom Paint Competition in 2008 and her commitment to learning means she now has a career she enjoys. "My life has been greatly influenced by my training because my body work and paint operation training has really helped me excel in my job and earn a better wage," said Kirstie. "I have been able to prove to myself that I can do anything I set my mind to."

Alan Tuckett, NIACE Chief Executive, said, "The stories of our award winners once again this year, the 20th Adult Learners' Week, illustrate the overwhelmingly positive impact that learning has on people's lives. The transformation that Kirstie has experienced is due to her dedication, persistence and ambition. I hope that adults across the country will be inspired by Kirstie's story to take up learning and discover for themselves a whole new life."

Adult Learners' Week, 14 - 20 May 2011, is the largest annual celebration of adult learning in the UK. It is supported by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, European Social Fund, Next Step, Open University, BBC, Pearson, Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, Community Learning Champions, Local Government Association and Reed in Partnership.

Kirstie's ambition in the future is to teach welding at Buxton College, when her tutor, Graham Cox retires. Graham says:

"Her hard work and commitment to this skills sector will, I'm sure, ensure that she achieves her ambition, which will transform her life. Kirstie's learning journey is not over yet."


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