Adult Learners Award recipients for 2018 congratulated

Winner of Adult Learner award receiving their award

Published: Wednesday, 2nd May 2018

The annual Adult Learners Awards ceremony took place at Earlston High School on 26 April.

Now in their nineteenth year, the awards are held to celebrate the achievements of adult learners across the region.  These individuals take advantage of the range of opportunities available to them to enhance their knowledge, quality of life and job prospects.

Encouraging others to learn

The awards are also an opportunity to tell the stories of these learners so that others may be inspired to raise their aspirations and improve their life chances through learning.

Adult Learners Award Winners

This year there were eight categories with the winners being:

  • Young learner (16-25 years): Lauren Gunn
  • Learner in the workplace: Daniel Murray
  • Mature learner (50+ years): Yvonne Ballard
  • Learning in a group: CEDAR Mums
  • Learning in the community: Gordon Hay
  • Accredited learning: Parents Literacies for Employability
  • Learning through volunteering: Skills for Learning and Work
  • ESOL learner: Aida Valdmoniene

Adult Learner Award organisers

Along with ourselves, these awards are organised by:

  • Borders College
  • Live Borders
  • Scottish Borders Housing Association
  • Skills Development Scotland
  • Volunteer Centre Borders

Paul Ramage, overall individual winner

“My life has changed in so many ways because of the adult learning course. It has given me the confidence to go forward and do my very best in all areas of my life.”

Syrian ESOL group, overall group winner

“The class has taught us to speak, read and write in English which has been so important in helping us and our families to settle into Scotland.”

Councillor Carol Hamilton, Executive Member for Children and Young People

“As always, these awards represent a tremendous amount of courage and commitment on behalf of the nominees and they are to be congratulated for their hard work. Each individual will have overcome their own unique and personal barriers to learning that I wish them well with whatever they go on to do as a result of their achievements.

“The quality of nominations was outstanding this year, leading the judging panel to make the unusual decision of recognising two overall winners, one individual and one group. Many congratulations to our very worthy group of winners for their particularly commendable efforts.

“I would also like to acknowledge the ongoing commitment, enthusiasm and hard work of the tutors who have each made a significant contribution to not only the learning that has been achieved, but also the personal development that will have taken place as part of each adult’s individual journey to success.

“This was once again a very special occasion and everyone who took part should be very proud of their contribution.”

Gordon Brown, Executive Officer at Volunteer Centre Borders

“These awards not only celebrate some of the learning being carried out by adults across the Borders, but are a reminder of the great work being done by the countless volunteers who regularly give their time to teach reading, writing and numeracy skills. We know these volunteers find their roles extremely rewarding and I would urge anyone thinking about volunteering to consider this vital work.”

Further information

Images are available on our Flickr page.

The awards are open to post-school learners (individuals and groups) who are resident in the Borders.