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Winners will go forward to national Achievement Awards in october

Learndirect learners, employers and learning providers have had their achievements recognised at the recent Regional learndirect Awards Ceremonies

72 winners received awards at nine Regional Awards Ceremonies which took place across England. Winners were chosen from over 1700 nominations put forward, and will be representing their regions at the Achievement Awards national final in October.

Amongst the winners is the White Lion Training learndirect centre, based in Corby. The centre won the South East Region Innovative Centre Award, which recognises centres who have used technology and outreach programmes to support their learners.

On receiving the award the Managing Director of White Lion Training, Sandy Clark commented: “We are delighted to have won this award! We hope that the award will encourage local people and employers in Corby to visit us and consider using learndirect as a means to access training and we can”t wait to tell our learners about our success!”

White Lion uses a number of outreach centres to engage with the local community, offering literacy, numeracy IT and NVQ level courses. Tutors work in the outreach centres but also interact with learners via webcams linked to the main centre, so that learners can contact their tutors online.

Sandra Lyndon-Moore from Abbotts Barton, Winchester won the South East Region Learning at Work Award, which recognises learners who have been supported by their employer to complete a learndirect course. She was nominated for the award by her tutor Martin Ladd at the Winchester learndirect learning centre.

After Sandra lost her daughter prematurely to illness in 2002, she decided to use her experiences to support children with disabilities at the Osborne School. As part of her work, Sandra helped the children to use computers, but felt that she lacked the correct IT skills. She came to the Winchester learndirect centre and enrolled on an IT course, studying in her own time to pass her ECDL qualification.

On receiving her award Sandra commented: ” Receiving this award is the icing on the cake as I found out I”d passed my IT qualification just last week! Everyone at the Winchester learndirect learning centre has been absolutely brilliant, having feedback from the tutors gave my the confidence to really go for it and I am so proud of my success.”

Dereth Wood, Operations Director for Ufi, the organisation behind learndirect said: “All of the Regional winners are an inspiration to millions of learners across England and their commitment in developing their skills and qualifications is something we can all be proud of. Each of these individuals truly deserves recognition and I wish them the best of luck at the national ceremony in October.”

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