Lauren is this year’s outstanding learner

Published: Monday 23rd October 17

Lauren Roots has been named Learner of the Year at the annual Wandsworth Lifelong Learning Awards.

The awards recognise the borough's highest achieving adult learners – rewarding them for their commitment and success over the past 12 months.

Lauren is a level 3 business administration apprentice in the council’s planning department.  Her tutors have praised Lauren’s commitment and the progress she has made during her apprenticeship journey.

At a ceremony in Wandsworth’s Civic Suite more than 150 local people with certificates of achievement in subjects including business administration, health and social care, teaching, information technology, numeracy,  literacy and English for speakers of other languages.

Jonathan Ajibade
was highly commended. Jonathan was unable to find work in his chosen field after graduation and joined the Traineeship programme. Through the council’s Lifelong Learning team he has secured employment at Berkeley Homes in Battersea, with the aim of becoming a site manager in five years time.

Barry Thompson, a manager and tutor at Deaf First was acknowledged for his outstanding contribution to learning in the borough over ten years. DeafFirst is based at Oak Lodge School and specialises in working with learners who have communication needs.

Tutors of the Year were Kahina Reggane from Aspire and Samantha Rob-McKinley from Wandsworth Apprenticeships

iGospeluk, in  partnership with the Battersea Chapel Choir, entertained the audience with two soulful numbers. 

Other winners on the night included: 

  • Souad Salemkour – Aspire Centre
  • Leanne Frasier – Apprenticeships
  • Andrea Brown – Employability Programme
  • Paulina Zemke – Functional Skills
  • Alejandro Piedrahita – Functional Skills
  • Ryan Roche – Traineeships

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