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14 adult learners celebrated at awards evening

An enthusiastic adult learner from Tywardreath who worked hard to obtain the qualifications he needed to fulfil his dream of becoming a Paramedic is one of 14 learners whose achievements were celebrated at Cornwall Council’s annual Learners’ Awards evening.

Ashley Burke successfully passed Access to Higher Education, GCSE Maths and GCSE English courses in eight months and will now take up a place as a Student Paramedic at the University of the West of England.

Ashley was nominated for an Adult Learners Award by his tutor Sam Hocking who explained that he had been a true inspiration to his peers and to all of the tutors and staff that have had the pleasure of meeting him.

The awards evening, which was hosted by Cornwall’s Adult Education service at County Hall, saw 14 learners aged from 16 to over 70 presented with special certificates to mark their achievements.

More than 5,000 people took part in adult education classes across Cornwall last year, ranging from basic and GCSE English and Maths, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Health and Care, Business and Administration, Customer Service, Access to Higher Education (the route to university and careers for those who have not taken A Levels) and Family Learning (parents learning about and supporting their children learning in schools).

Congratulating the award winners, Rob Sweetzer-Sturt, Head of Adult Education, said: “These people have been recognised either because their achievements have gone beyond the norm that is expected, or because they needed to overcome an unusual level of obstacles and challenges, or a mixture of both these things.”

Some of the learners have studied while also coping with complex health issues or juggling family and care responsibilities. In recognition of this, three learners were nominated for a specific Persistence Award.

Adult Education has eighteen learning centres covering Cornwall. The course offer for the 2017/18 year starting in September is out now and can be viewed at or enquiries made on 0300 1231117.

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