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Adult learners rewarded at town hall ceremony

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As part of the National Festival of Learning, a special event was held in St Helens town hall recently to celebrate the achievements of adult learners who have used learning to transform and improve their lives.

Organised by St Helens Council’s ‘Good’ Ofsted-rated Adult and Community Learning (ACL) service, the event acknowledged the dedication of learners who have taken positive steps to enrich the lives of themselves and others by gaining qualifications and skills to improve job prospects, support their community and improve their quality of life.

St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Based and Focused Services, Councillor Anthony Burns, was in attendance on the night to present certificates to learners, including those who had gained qualifications in a wide range of subjects including digital skills, maths, English and teaching assistant courses.

Paying tribute to learners and the tutors who had supported them along the way, Councillor Burns said:

“It was fascinating to hear so many inspiring stories of people overcoming personal challenges in order to get to where they are today. From using a computer for the first time and facing up to a fear of maths – to travelling half way across the world to find a safe place to bring up their families while developing and progressing their English communication skills.

“These people have proved that nothing should stand in your way in order to find a happier you – and ACL staff deserve a special mention for their hard work and dedication to help learners flourish in confidence.

“What better time to develop new skills? Join a course and make steps towards a new future!”

For more information on ACL courses, call 01744 677315 or email adultlearning@sthelens.gov.uk

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