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Adult Learning Awards

The Adult Learning Awards shine a light on learners, tutors, employers and providers from across the West Midlands.

Since 2023, individuals and organisations who have gone above and beyond in adult learning, skills and training have been recognised for their achievements.

At the 2024 edition of the awards, 13 winners and five highly commended learning journeys were announced, with their inspiring stories and contribution to adult learning celebrated. 

Meet our winners below.

2024 winners

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Jake Collins

Step into Learning winner Jake Collins missed out on formal education and is now making his late mom proud as a Ward Service Officer.

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Laura Cox

Having been a full-time carer and experiencing bereavement, inspirational Laura Cox returned to learning and is now in a secured paid role.

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Marshire Bynoe

Apprentice award winner Marshire fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a mechanic through a Level 3 apprenticeship.

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Christopher Bruce

Learning for work award winner Christopher Bruce lacked confidence after Covid but he is now firmly behind the wheel as a tram driver.

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Ryan Hatch

Tutor Ryan, a former jockey, is now sharing his passion and teaching horse care to adult learners.

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A collaboration of partners in Walsall empowering residents to move into healthcare roles won the Successful Partnership award.

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Digital Inclusion

The provision of 1,200 Chromebooks and 400 laptops to residents in Sandwell earned Digital Inclusion the Community Learner Provider award.

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Westdale Midlands

Small employer winner Westdale Midlands run skills bootcamps to support residents in Coventry retrain for green jobs.

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Niyo Bootcamps

Innovative delivery award winner Niyo Bootcamps empower black women through their bespoke bootcamp delivery model.

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National Infrastructure Solutions

Engaging adults in learning award winner National Infrastructure Solutions offer training for careers in the rail industry.

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Love Joes

Family-owned food business Love Joes won the medium employer award through their investment in staff training.

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Large employer winner OCS recruit long-term unemployed residents and offer jobs in the security, events and venues industry.

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Moving into Adulthood

A dedicated careers event for SEND students is the winner of the Careers Intervention Award.