Michael wins regional award

11th June 2012 4:11pm - Return to press releases

Award winner Michael Norfolk, right, with John Lawton of OCNAn adult learner from East Riding College has won an award in recognition of the progress he has made during his studies.
Michael Norfolk, 53, from Hull, became the Open College Network (OCN) Learner Journey Award Winner as part of this year’s Adult Learners’ Week Awards.
He was presented with his award by John Lawton, chief executive of the OCN Yorkshire and the Humber, at a ceremony at the Tiled Hall in Leeds, along with other award winners from the Yorkshire and Humber region. 

Michael said: “It was a great honour to receive this award and to be recognised for the progress I’ve made during my studies at the College.
“When the tutor told the class that at week six we needed to do a five minute speech I nearly died. But come week six I was fine, due to the confidence I gained through the tutor.”

Michael is part of a 900 person redundancy program at BAE Systems in Brough. He left school at 15 with few qualifications, eventually becoming an operator where he now works. He began his studies at the College with Trades Union Congress union representative qualifications through the Open College Network (OCN), and is currently completing the TUC Level Three Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.

Tutor Dave Prodham said: “Michael was nervous to start with but developed into an exemplary learner, always asking questions, producing a high quality portfolio, and, more recently, doing this with the threat of redundancy looming over him.
“But his dedication to learning and to applying his learning at work will give him an advantage when it comes to finding his next job. He thoroughly deserves this award.”

For more information, contact the Trade Union Studies Centre, in St James Street, Hull, on 01482 382545 or by emailing [email protected]


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