HNC Working With Communities student at Glasgow Kelvin College, Leah Cairns, has been shortlisted for a prestigious UK national award.
Leah’s family, friends and tutors were delighted earlier in the year when she was shortlisted for Young Person of the Year at the recent SQA Star Awards, carrying off a Highly Commended Certificate and trophy. And now she has added another feather to her cap with recognition from British Education Awards (BEA) in the Vocational category.
BEA is a unique event where young people, their families and teachers, along with politicians, professionals and celebrities from across the UK come together to celebrate educational attainment. The Awards recognise academic results and brilliant extracurricular success.
Leah first came to the College on the Youth Access programme at the age of 12. She returned as a full-time learner on the Transitions to Learning & Work programme, during which time she began to get her life together and gave herself milestones and goals, such as working on her issues with dyslexia and gaining qualifications. Leah then completed a Modern Apprenticeship and SVQ3 in Youth Work, taking on the role of mentor to support young people in both the College programmes she had previously attended, as well as volunteering as a classroom assistant with the Support to Learn team. Now studying on the HNC Working With Communities and having gained employment as a Youth Worker with F.A.R.E. a local Easterhouse project for young people in the community, Leah is delighted at this further nomination.
The Awards ceremony will take place at the end of January 2019 in Manchester, and Leah and her mum are gearing up for the trip in the new year.
Huge congratulations go to Leah for this acknowledgement of her amazing hard work and a massive well done to all the staff who have supported, and continue to support, her during her learning journey.
Good Luck wishes from everyone at Glasgow Kelvin College!