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|Title:||You can do it with Doncaster College|
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Doncaster College has been helping transform not only the lives of young people, but adults also for many years. In recognition of Adult Learners Week we share why now is a great time to prepare for a new job or further study.
Terri Westerman, completed her three year Advanced Apprenticeship in an astonishing seven months.
The 33-year-old mother of three works for UK Coal and repairs and maintains diggers and excavators.
She said, ‘I was on single parent benefit for quite a few years and it was like all hope was lost. This is just living proof that you can do it.’
Richard Webster of UK Coal said, ’To do what she's done is remarkable and highly commendable. UK Coal and Doncaster College value her greatly.’
In November 2009, Terri was entered in to the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining Technician of the Year National Award. Terri won for her outstanding performance during the course of study for the City and Guilds NVQ Level 3 in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance and Repair at Doncaster College.
Art student Craig Balmer, also 33 was down on his luck and experiencing hard times.
Unemployed, and driven to sleeping on friends sofas, Craig, then found himself completely homeless and almost in the gutter, literally.
He then turned to one of the few possessions he still retained for his salvation, his camera. The spark of the creative artist made him determined to improve his life and he enrolled on the National Diploma in Photography at Doncaster College.
Then things rapidly improved, Craig found a place to live and at college, helped and encouraged by staff, he started to ‘pump out the work’ as he says and spread his talents to other disciplines and now has aspirations to be a mixed media artist.
To cap a good year, Craig was nominated for an Adult Learners’ Week Award and he won the Music and Arts Award at the Yorkshire and Humberside regional ceremony recently.
If you're thinking of starting a course on or after 1st August 2013 you may qualify for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan. These loans help you to pay the fees charged by approved colleges and training organisations in England.
For more information please call 0800 358 7575 or visit www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advancedlearningloans
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