RHACC highlights transforming role of adult learning with their annual awards

RHACC recently recognised and celebrated the endeavour and achievements of their learners at their annual Adult Learning Awards. His Worship the Mayor of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Councillor, Ben Khosa and former Hillcroft College student, now councillor for the Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Helen Lee-Parsons joined proud learners and their families for the awards, which showcased the transforming role adult education plays in the life of its learners.

Commenting on the event, a very proud RHACC Principal Gabrielle Flint said: “Our annual Learning Awards are a wonderful highlight of the incredible achievements of our students and our very worthy winners are the epitome of adult learning here at RHACC. It is an honour to applaud their achievements and to see how learning something new, improving their qualifications or building on a talent can genuinely change and improve lives.”

During the event awards were given for five categories with Rahma Jusuf winning Access to Higher Education, Carine Vergopoulos winning Business and Vocational, Tayla Zain winning Women’s Education, Lucy Madgwick and Jake Wass-Cornish winning Creative and finally Ryan Markus for Foundation Learning.

The main award of the evening, Learner of the Year, went to Ghilwan Abdulla, who has been described as bearing the hallmarks of an adult learner determined to reach his goal despite life’s challenges. Ghilwan’s life has not been straightforward, however with the support of the expert tutors at RHACC Ghilwan has progressed improved at all levels completing an Access to Higher Education Dimploma last year which has secured him a place at Kingston University where he is now studying for a Business degree.

Ms Flint commented on how the awards have come at an important time for further education and said: “Despite the undisputed value of the work we do, we and colleges across the UK are under huge financial pressure following a decade of funding cuts.  We understand the value of our work in helping adults improve their lives through learning but also in the contribution this makes to the social and economic fabric of our communities. We are joining with colleges all over the country during Colleges Week next week to highlight the enormous contribution colleges make to the economy and to call for the government to improve investment giving colleges parity of esteem next to schools and universities.”

The campaign aims to highlight the pressure colleges are under following a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies which showed on average, a 30% cut to college funding over the last decade with per-student spending in FE and sixth form colleges around 8% lower than secondary schools.

For further information on the ‘Love Our College’ campaign for Colleges Week 2018 please go to www.collegesweek.co.uk and to discover how RHACC can help transform your life, career or business please go to www.RHACC.ac.uk.