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Eddie Bedford scoops award

Leicester College lecturer Eddie Bedford gained the “Outstanding Contribution to Skills for Life” award at the QIA Star Awards.

Eddie said, “I am delighted to have received an award. It’s not just the recognition of my achievements, but recognition of all the hard work of the Skills for Life team and the efforts of all the support services involved.

“Skills for Life enhances the students” experience whilst on their learning journey at Leicester College. It presents an opportunity for learners to gain extra skills, learn about professionalism, create reports and take a closer look at the way we use numbers in everyday life.”

Eddie has a thorough understanding of the learning experience at Leicester College, having studied for the HNC in Business at the College from 2000 to 2002. As a learner, Eddie would often assist his peers with their problems and was sometimes mistaken for a member of staff. On completion of his course, he was approached by the College and offered an opportunity to train as a lecturer.

Eddie said, “There is no better satisfaction than giving a person the skills and the self-confidence to go on to succeed in life. Several of my learners have progressed to get good honours degrees at university; a greatly rewarding experience for me in this role.”

On improving the quality of Skills for Life learning, Eddie Bedford said, “Everyday, I see people pushing up the level of quality in Skills for Life; maintaining the professionalism in everything they do. Our people are very important because they are the interface with our learners. By producing professional looking teaching materials, we inspire the professionalism in our learners.”

A spokesperson for Leicester College said, “Eddie uses a flexible, patient and caring approach to get the best out of his learners. He understands the difficulties many young people experience and is fundamental in supporting them through the challenges of what is, for some, a new start in learning.”

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