Alec Stanton, aged 25, from Gloucester, travels 20 miles a day on his bicycle to get to work as an apprentice, but feels that the learning he is undertaking has transformed his life. His dedication and commitment to learning was recognised with a Regional Individual Award as part of the 20th Adult Learners’ Week 14 – 20 May 2011.
Alec left school in 2001 and moved between unskilled jobs until he was made redundant in 2010. Wanting to gain a trade and qualifications, he responded to an advert from joinery company, Sashes and Shutters, for an apprentice and was successful. As part of the apprenticeship in Wood Occupations (Bench Joinery), Alec is currently studying for a Technical Certificate in Bench Joinery level 2, an NVQ in Bench Joinery level 2 and key skills in Communication and Application level 2, with Swindon College. He excels in his training and is a model employee at work, which has encouraged him to continue to level 3 on completion of his current study.
Despite having to commute over 20 miles a day to get to work on bicycle or moped and supporting a family on apprentice wages, Alec feels the apprenticeship has changed his life for the better. “I am much more focussed and I am really enjoying my learning both in my workplace and at college…I am doing a real job in a real workplace gaining the most brilliant experience,” said Alec.
Alan Tuckett, NIACE Chief Executive, said, “The stories of our award winners once again this year, the 20th Adult Learners’ Week, illustrate the overwhelmingly positive impact that learning has on people’s lives. The transformation that Alec has experienced is due to his dedication, persistence and ambition. I hope that adults across the country will be inspired by Alec’s story to take up learning and discover for themselves a whole new life.”
Since winning this award Alec has unfortunately been a casualty of the current economic climate and has been made redundant. Do you know a company who would appreciate Alec’s talents and commitment to work who may be able to offer him a job. If so please contact Nikola Hewington on Swindon 498208 or email the Apprenticeship team on firstname.lastname@example.org
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education