CASE STUDY - Eastchurch POA Learning Centre celebrates learners

The Eastchurch POA Learning Centre hosted an awards ceremony on 16th April for a number of learners who have achieved certificates throughout 2018/19 and to celebrate their achievements.

The idea behind the ceremony, held at the Sheerness Healthy Living Centre, was to celebrate the success of learners who have gained various qualifications throughout the year, including individuals completing the Level 3 Award in Education and Training and the NEETS Functional Skills Programme run by POA Learning.

Individuals in attendance were presented with their certificates in front of friends and families as a celebration for their hard work.

One learner collecting her award at the ceremony was Ellen Reed, and Instruction Officer from HMP Swaleside.

Ellen completed the Level 3 Award in Education and Training at the Eastchurch Learning Centre, which she signed up to help her with personal development. Ellen praised the support she received from POA Learning, saying:

“They were always on hand if there were any questions that I might have needed answering. I always enjoy learning new things and anything that will help with my progression.”
“If anyone is thinking of doing a course with POA Learning I’d say Go for it. You will have nothing to lose but lots to gain, and no one is too old to learn new things.”

Not all the learners work in the prison service and POA Learning is keen support people increase skills from across the local community.

Samantha Hatcher Swann is Executive Director at Blossoms Care Services ltd and also studied for the Level 3 Award in Education and Training at Eastchurch.

Samantha said:

“I have always been interested in gaining a training qualification as I felt this would be a natural progression of skill and assist me both in my role at Blossoms and within my volunteering role at the youth club.”
“I felt the delivery of the course was fantastic. Time was given in between sessions to reflect and continue to develop knowledge and skill which strengthened the overall learning.”

Gareth Williams, Centre Manager for POA Learning said:

“It is great to be able to reward these individuals for their hard work and determination in learning. Often, learners in further education don’t have the opportunity to celebrate their achievement with others, so we are glad to be able to provide the chance to be able to share these achievements with their loved ones, colleagues and peers.”
“Everyone here should be proud of their achievements and it might hopefully inspire someone else to take on a new learning journey.”
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