Woman scoops adult learner award after moving to city

Proud: Michaela Sampson, 33

Proud: Michaela Sampson, 33

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A woman who moved to Preston from Slovakia almost 13 years ago, hoping to improve her prospects, has scooped an award recognising her achievements as an adult learner.

Michaela Sampson, 33, has just finished a business administration apprenticeship with Mad Science North West.

My learning became a joy instead of a chore. My confidence grew each day, my self-esteem flourished and I was able to forget about my language barrier - English is my second language - and achieve high grades

She has been instrumental in helping the company deliver science-themed events in schools and deal with its administration.

As part of Adult Learners’ Week, which runs from June 13 to 19, she has won the Outstanding Individual Award in the North of England award category.

Since finishing her apprenticeship, Michaela has been made a full-time member of staff and will be picking her studies back up again in September, when she pursues her CIPD L3 Certificate in Human Resources Practice.

She said: “My learning became a joy instead of a chore. My confidence grew each day, my self-esteem flourished and I was able to forget about my language barrier - English is my second language - and achieve high grades, learn new skills and most of all progress towards my goal.”

Caroline Chesworth, her nominator, said: “It quickly became apparent that Michaela was extremely capable, confident, and learned our systems quickly. Michaela’s input has made a direct and noticeable impact on our growth and quality of service.”