Meet The Learners

<h2>Night of success for Islington’s adult learners</h2><p>Islington Council has celebrated the huge achievements of more than 50 adult learners living in the borough at a ceremony at the Town Hall.</p><p>Mayor of Islington Cllr Dave Poyser presented learners with certificates to recognise their commitment in passing maths, English, ICT, ESOL or vocational courses.</p><p>Families of award recipients, Councillors and learning staff were in attendance to congratulate learners who had excelled on their courses.</p><p>With a range of subjects catering to different levels and learning styles many people are able to use the qualifications as a stepping stone to broaden their choices and to move into employment. While some undertake them to upskill and change careers others may choose core subjects such as English or Maths to further their studies.</p><p>Nahida has recently started work in a bakery in the North of the borough and strongly believes that the Hospitality and Catering course she completed with ACL had helped her.</p><p>“The manager asked me how I would talk to customers and I said you need to be happy with the customers. You can’t go to work in a bad mood, you have to leave that at home and be professional. I was able to remember that from my course. I would definitely recommend the course. You will learn so much, not just for work, but for your life as well!”</p><p>Kevin has just started a new job as a Welcome Host at Tower Bridge, he had this to say about ACL:</p><p>“I took a few courses with practical job hunting uses and administrative skills. These really helped to instill a sense of forward momentum in my job hunt. I met a lot of classmates and these interactions helped me to overcome a period in my life of isolation. So, thank you Islington ACL for helping me and a lot of other people in the borough to learn and move forward in life.”</p><p>Cheryl completed the Introduction to Adult Social Care course and hasn’t looked back.</p><p>“I’m doing great. I was at an agency for a couple of months and now I’m working as a Personal Assistant to a lady and I am really enjoying it. Now I’m also looking to see if I can move into the NHS. My Care course has really helped me achieve all this!”</p><p>Cllr Asima Shaikh, Executive Member for Inclusive Economy and Jobs said:&nbsp;</p><p>“The awards are a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our adult learners.</p><p>The flexibility and wide range of free courses are hugely beneficial to learners, many of whom have caring responsibilities or are returning to education later in life. They allow people to try a subject they previously couldn’t access or build confidence and gain skills in an entirely new field.”</p><p>With an ever evolving jobs market and increasing demand for workers with innovative skills the Adult and Community Learning courses provide learners with valuable knowledge that this generation of employers want.”</p><p>We are proud to offer a diverse range of opportunities for people of all ages, it really goes to show that anyone can re-enter education and excel. If there is anybody wanting to explore council courses, come along to our open days in January and see how we can support you.”</p><p>Courses delivered include:</p><ul><li>Various levels in English and Maths;</li><li>Employability support including CV workshops;</li><li>Vocational courses, including introductory courses in adult social care, administration, customer service and hospitality and catering; and</li><li>ICT and Digital Skills.</li></ul><p>Congratulations to all our learners!</p><h2>A huge congratulation to Tracey Everitt – 2018 National Winner</h2><p>After hitting rock bottom Tracey decided to pour her energies into creating a new future for herself and her two children. She returned to learning, and 12 months on is running a successful childminding business.</p><p>Tracey had left school without any qualifications and her confidence was low, however her goal was to become a registered childminder. Central to that goal was a commitment to learning and when she found out about Islington Council’s Adult and Community Learning service she signed up for courses including Basic Food Hygiene and Introduction to Working in Care.</p><p>Tracey also completed Level 1 maths in 8 weeks and progressed to Level 2 English and maths, proving to herself and her children that having dyslexia doesn’t mean you can’t achieve. Tracey is now running her own Ofsted approved childminding business and has inspired her sister and daughter to start their own learning journeys. Tracey’s daughter is now a childminding assistant in her business and is working towards becoming a fully qualified childminder herself.</p><p>Tracey said, “I’ve got more confidence, I’m active and focussed, and I’m offering a professional service to local families. I love my job of providing good quality care.”</p><p>Tracey’s nominator, Colin Gardiner, said, “I have seen Tracey completely transform in the space of a year into a self-assured adult student and, even more recently, an entrepreneur.”</p><h2>As told to ACL Lead Tutor, Colin Gardiner - November 2018</h2><p>Nahida had been out of work for more than a year when she picked up a leaflet at her local Jobcentre that was advertising courses with Islington’s Adult and Community Learning service. Now, she has just started work in a bakery in Archway and is working up to 16 hours a week. She is delighted!</p><p>The first course Nahida did with ACL was for the Level 1 Basic Food Hygiene qualification. It came in really useful in her recent interview. “Before I didn’t know anything about cross-contamination or different chopping boards to use. But when the manager asked me about the chopping boards I was able to say that green is for vegetables, red for meat like ham, blue is for fish and that you had to wash your hands to avoid cross-contamination. And I learnt all this on my course.”</p><p>The Customer Service in Hospitality and Catering course came in useful too. “The manager asked me how I would talk to customers and I said you need to be happy with the customers. You can’t go to work in a bad mood, you have to leave that at home and be professional. I was able to remember that from my course.”</p><p>Nahida felt that the interview had gone well, but thought that she would have to wait 2 weeks to find out if she had been successful. “I felt very happy, but I didn’t know whether I would get the job. But then, after 3 days, the manager called me and said I had the job! I was surprised it was so soon after the interview.”</p><p>I asked Nahida if she would recommend these courses to other people. She said “definitely, they have to do the course. They will learn so many things, not only for work, but for the home as well. Before I only had 1 chopping board, now I have 3!"</p><figure class="image"><span style="color: inherit; font-family: inherit; font-size: 2rem;">&nbsp;</span><br></figure><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>