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Inspirational adult learners to be honoured

Three adult learners including a woman from Bourne are to be honoured at Lincolnshire’s Learners of the Year 2018.

The trio will be awarded for their exceptional achievements, highlighting the real benefits that adult education can bring.

Liz Green from Bourne, Paul Firth from Boston and Kevin Dickinson from Burgh le March were nominated by their tutors for their hard work and dedication over the past 12 months, and will be presented with their awards at the Lincolnshire Show on Wednesday, June 20.

Despite being a mother of five young children, Liz managed to find the time to complete courses in GCSE maths and English with the Adult Skills and Family Learning Service, while also achieving a distance-learning qualification in autism.

Having gained a level 6 in both her GCSE subjects, Liz has not only improved her employment prospects, but now has the option of moving on to further and higher education.

Paul completed an emergency first aid course with Soteria Solutions.

His new skills proved vitally important when, on a family day out, he was able to deliver CPR to a man who had collapsed, saving his life.

Kevin completed a course with Seagull Recycling at their Eco Centre in Skegness.

The course was designed to equip learners with the skills they need in volunteering for their local community and charitable organisations.

Kevin went on to become a lead volunteer at the centre and has since gained a full forklift truck driver’s licence to improve his employment prospects.

Coun Patricia Bradwell, executive member for Adult Skills and Family Learning, said: “Paul, Kevin and Liz’s stories show the life-changing potential of life-long learning.

"Hopefully, their experiences will also inspire others to give learning a go."

For details of courses in Lincolnshire, visit www.2aspire.org.uk or phone 01522 782011.

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