Adult learner from Skegness receives prestigious award

Lincolnshire Regional College dean Paul Brown congratulates student Neil Jones.
Lincolnshire Regional College dean Paul Brown congratulates student Neil Jones.

AN ADULT learner in Skegness has demonstrated the life enhancing potential of education having emerged from his studies a new man.

Lincolnshire Regional College student Neil Jones, began his course with low self-esteem following the break-up of a long-term relationship but has completed his course brimming with confidence and a prestigious qualification.

The 46-year-old student not only completed his City and Guilds ITQ certificate level one but also earned himself a medal of achievement in the prestigious City and Guilds Lion Awards, held recently at the Camden Roundhouse, London.

Neil said: “The college was near to where I live and I decided to enrol because there because I wanted to get qualifications for the learning I’d already achieved to enable me to get back into full-time employment.

“I was really impressed with the way I was allowed to work at my own pace, which helped me to progress as quickly as I wished.

“The tutors were also very helpful with any problems I had and were never condescending.”

Neil was well versed in computing before undertaking the course but because his knowledge was self-taught he lacked the qualifications to get him back in the jobs market after being a full-time carer for his former partner.

Neil has now applied to be a volunteer at the Grimsby Institute in the hope of building up his CV to further enhance is employment opportunities.