Acumen learner wins award for Outstanding Individual Achievement.
The 17th June saw the annual Durham County Council Adult Learners Awards Ceremony at the
Ramside Hall Hotel.
The annual awards ceremony Durham County Council's Adult Learning and Skills Service recognised the achievements of its most inspiring students. Jane Thompson, an adult learner with Acumen Community Enterprise Development Trust, won the award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in recognition of Jane’s effort and determination to succeed.
Staff at Acumen Trustsupported Jane to successfully progress through a range of adult learning opportunities following a prolonged period of unemployment. Jane worked on developing confidence and communication skills, and gaining qualifications to increase her employability skills. This resulted in Jane securing an offer of employment from local employer Angus Butchers in Seaham.
Cllr Maria Plews, the council's cabinet member for leisure, libraries and lifelong learning said: "We are incredibly proud of our learners and it is great to be able to recognise their efforts”.
"Many of our nominees demonstrated an overwhelming commitment to learning, overcoming personal barriers”
Jane said “Just want to say a great big thanks for all the support I’ve had from Acumen over the last couple of years. Thank you all again from the bottom of my heart. I never expected to be nominated for an award never mind win one!”
Acumen Community Development Trust have two offices located in Horden and Seaham and works in the local communities of East Durham to provide training opportunities and services to local employers; including recruitment and matching of candidates. Together, the team has more than 150 years’ experience working in the Employability and Skills Sector, delivering learning, training, employment and recruitment support.