TyneMet College is delighted to announce that students Susannah Foley, Tina Lawler, Kim Burn and Hannah Leach all received prestigious awards at The 'North Tyneside Adult Learners Awards Ceremony 2010/11' on Thursday 22nd September at the Village Hotel, Cobalt Business Park. 

These Awards recognise and celebrate remarkable and inspirational learning achievements of adults in North Tyneside.   As local winners Susannah, Tina, Kim and Hannah will now automatically be nominated for the same award titles in the Regional Adult Learners Awards competition.

Susannah has been awarded the title of 'First Full Level 2 Achiever of the Year 2010/11'. This award recognises the importance of achieving a full Level 2 qualification and is for learners who have successfully completed their first Level 2 course.  This is the third time TyneMet College has had a winner in this category.

Susannah Foley studied as an Adult Learner on the CACHE Teaching and Supporting Learning in Schools Level 2 qualification that was delivered by TyneMet tutors at Shiremoor Children's Centre. 

Returning to learning was a big step for Susannah; she was very nervous and unsure she would succeed.   However, not only did she attend every weekly session with a keen and positive attitude, she also excelled as a learner.   Throughout the course she was dedicated and hardworking; she conquered her self doubts and gave 100% in every task.  Motivated to continuing her success, Susannah has this year enrolled and started on the CACHE Teaching and Supporting Learning in Schools (Level 3) at TyneMet College.

Tina Lawler has been awarded the title of 'First Full Level 3 Achiever of the Year 2010/11'.  This award recognises the importance of achieving a full Level 3 qualification and is for learners who have done remarkably well to achieve their first full level 3 qualification.

Tina studied on the Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory (Level 3) at TyneMet College, Coast Road Campus.

Despite having the necessary qualifications and experience to qualify for a place on her course, Tina lacked confidence and was not sure that she had the ability to achieve a Level 3 course.  Having had a difficult childhood, her attendance at school had been erratic, because of this she said,

"When I was at school I felt my teachers treated me as if I was stupid and they didn't really bother to give me any of their time".

At College Tina was an eager learner, however, although she took a very active part within her classes and had a really good understanding of counselling theory, Tina's tutor realised she seemed unable to write things clearly or explain things in detail within her written work.  Her tutor asked Tina if she had ever been tested for dyslexia, she said she hadn't but her two children had been tested and were dyslexic.   Tina was tested and the result showed she was dyslexic too.  Specialist support was put in place by the College giving Tina the help she needed to complete her course work and successfully achieve her Level 3 qualification.  Tina's confidence has grown; she is positive in her outlook and is now studying on her second year of a Foundation Degree in Counselling here at TyneMet College.

Kim Burn has been awarded the title of 'Individual Learner of the Year 2010/11'. This award recognises individuals whose determination and dedication to learn new skills or whose exceptional progress deserves special recognition.

Kim studied on the NCFE Working with Children (Level 1) course delivered by TyneMet tutors at Killingworth Children's Centre and also on a Literacy Level 2 course again delivered by TyneMet tutors at North West Communities Children's Centre.

During the time of her studies a severe fire destroyed Kim's family home.  She and her children had to move into alternative accommodation 10 miles away.  For 13 weeks Kim made a 20 mile round trip to take her children to school and herself to work.  Despite all of this, Kim never missed one of her classes,  she successfully achieved both of her courses and has now enrolled and started on the CACHE Teaching and Supporting Learning in Schools Level 2 qualification.

Kim said,

"Returning to learning as an adult was a scary prospect.  I had little confidence, was quiet and shy and had no goals or ambition.  I have now realised that I am not too old to learn and love the fact that I am now able to help my children with their homework and support them more with their education.  I am now looking forward to my future".

Hannah Leach has been awarded the title 'Apprentice of the Year 2010/11', this award recognises learners on an apprenticeship whose progress and achievement deserve special recognition.

Hannah studied on Level 2 NVQ Beauty Therapy Apprenticeship course, she is employed by Taizan Skin Therapy Centre in Whitley Bay where she completes the practical side of her training but comes in to College one day per week for her technical training.

Throughout her course Hannah showed 100% commitment and completed her practical tasks with perfection.   Her dedication to maintaining high standards was reflected in the attention to detail performed during her practical tasks.

Hannah continues to develop her career and achieve her main goal to become a qualified Beautician; she is now enrolled on the Level 3 NVQ Beauty Therapy Apprentice course at TyneMet College.

Other TyneMet College Learners who received 'Highly Commended' comments from the Judging Panel were Lyndsey Gradwell, who was nominated for the 'First Full Level 2 Achiever of the Year 2010/11' and Michelle Jones, who was nominated for 'Skill for Life Learner of the Year 2010/11'.

Jon Vincent, Principal and Chief Executive, TyneMet College, said

"The staff and Governors of TyneMet  College are extremely proud of the achievements of all our learners who often overcome great challenges to achieve their qualifications and in so doing change their lives.  The very positive impact of each learner's achievements on their own future and their local community is cause for celebration.  The success of our partnerships with local Children's Centres is again being recognised, we are pleased that these partnerships continue to provide local people with great opportunities to return successfully to learning."

TyneMet College continues to be committed to engaging responsively and effectively meeting the needs of individual students, employers and the local community.  Access to learning for all is a key strategy for the College and courses are delivered at many community venues.

For advice, guidance and information on how to return to learning or to discuss courses delivered at College or in the community, call 0191 229 5000 and speak to a Gateway advisor, alternatively visit our web site www.tynemet.ac.uk or e-mail enquiries@tynemet.ac.uk