Lifelong Learning celebrated at 2017 Learner Awards

The 2017 Learner Awards took place on 29 June at Hatfield House, recognising the incredible lifelong learning achievements from deserving individuals and groups.

The Learner Awards run annually in support of the Festival of Learning. Which is the largest national campaign to celebrate lifelong learning.

The awards were opened and closed by Hertfordshire County Council CEO, John Wood, with further contributions from Cllr Wyatt-Lowe and Steven Lee-Foster.

The awards are a platform for learners to demonstrate how adult learning has changed and improved their lives.

The awards categories included: 

  • Young People
  • Family Learning
  • Special recognition group
  • Progression & Employability,
  • Overcoming Challenges 
  • English and Maths
  • Peer
  • A newly created Tutor category - recognising the excellent standards of teaching and learning.

Don Coughtrey the winner of the Peer Award commented that learning to use a computer tablet, when he’s aged in his seventies, has meant so much to him and his family:

“Learning to use a tablet has been great; it’s enabled me to see what my family are up to on Facebook and feel involved,”
I enjoy seeing all their pictures and videos, as well as emailing and keeping in touch. I’m planning to undertake a Skype course enable me video call my family from all around the country, which will be fantastic.”

With 7,000 learners enrolling on adult and family learning courses every year, learners represent a hugely diverse range of backgrounds – with some learners having to overcome significant barriers whilst demonstrating a true commitment to their learning to realise their potential.