Adult learner Louise earns recognition
Louise Draper is an exceptional student.
She has been presented with the Festival of Learning’s Return to Learning Highly Commended Individual in the 2018 awards for her exceptional achievements in adult learning.
The award celebrates adults who have transformed their own lives and hat of their families, friends, communities, and the places they work through learning.
Louise, 34, left school with no qualifications and admitted that she had no real knowledge of English or maths.
Having started her family young, Louise went back to education to help her children with their homework.
She enrolled with Lancashire Adult Learning at Highfield Children’s Centre in Chorley, starting at entry level 3 in English and maths and quickly progressed.
Initially Louise had low self-esteem in class but decided to promote a positive environment and encourage her classmates to speak up and ask questions.
Her ambition is to be a nurse and within a week of applying for jobs Louise was working as a care assistant at a nursing home and recently started a Level 2 NVQ in Health and Social Care.
Louise said: “Attending classes has given me a massive confidence boost. The bond with my eldest daughter is stronger than ever before as she knows that I am now able to support her.”