Julie leads way in job learning

Julie Harrison, 44, of Holmescarr Crescent, Rossington, has been named the Regional Individual Learner Award winner, as part of Adult Learners' Week.  Picture: Liz Mockler D2210LM
Julie Harrison, 44, of Holmescarr Crescent, Rossington, has been named the Regional Individual Learner Award winner, as part of Adult Learners' Week. Picture: Liz Mockler D2210LM

A WOMAN struggling to find work has revived her career by retraining.

Julie Harrison, 44, from Rossington, decided to improve her numeracy skills and gain a first aid qualification through the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) after struggling to find work in 2008.

She chose these courses as they fitted around her childcare needs, but in 2010, after completing the qualifications she still struggled to find work.

Julie spent 2011 working towards level two in both numeracy and literacy and has now enrolled on a Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector qualification for 2012 so she can help others get back into work.

And in addition to boosting her CV with qualifications she has also been bolstering her skills by volunteering with the Youth Offending Service, on the board of governors at an infant school and was chair and assistant coach at Doncaster South Boxing Club until recently. She said: “I have attended many courses over the years which I hope will give me a fighting chance for future employment.”

Through this dedication to improving her education Julie was also recently recognised with a Regional Individual Learner Award for Yorkshire and Humberside at a glittering ceremony in Leeds as part of Adult Learners’ Week.

Skills and Lifelong Learning Minister John Hayes said, “I never fail to be impressed by the achievements of the winners and those shortlisted in NIACE’s Adult Learners’ Week Awards.

“Their stories demonstrate the power adult learning has to transform peoples’ lives and the communities they live in.”

To find about the range of courses at WEA call 01724 844245 or alternatively yorkshumber@wea.org.uk