Borders College

Adult Learners Award recipients congratulated

The annual Adult Learners Awards ceremony took place at Earlston High School last week.

Now in their 18th year, the awards are held to celebrate the achievements of adult learners across the region who, at times against considerable odds, take their future into their own hands and take advantage of the range of opportunities available to them to enhance their knowledge, quality of life and job prospects.

The awards (organised collaboratively by Scottish Borders Council’s Community Learning and Development Team, Volunteer Centre Borders, Borders College, Scottish Borders Housing Association and Skills Development Scotland) are open to post-school learners (individuals and groups) who are resident in the Borders, as well as being an opportunity to tell the stories of these learners so that others may be inspired to raise their aspirations and improve their life chances through learning.

Borders College is pleased to congratulate its winners this year:

  • Overall winner: Rachel Treeby (current National 5 Care Higher student)
  • Young learner (16-25yrs): Scott Weir (former HNC Administration and Information Technology student)
  • Learner in the work place: Megan Bilsland (former Access to Learning, and NVQ 1 Hairdressing student)
  • Accredited learning: Won jointly by Myra Fairbairn (current HNC Administration and Information Technology (Twilight) student) and Chris Forsyth (former SVQ 2 Social Services and Healthcare student)
  • Learning through volunteering: Martin Green (former Introduction to Counselling student)

Nominees from Borders College this year were:

  • Newtown Community Café group
  • Jamie Hind (current National 5/Higher Child, Health and Social Care student)
  • Patrick Tsuma (current SVQ 3 Healthcare Support (Clinical) student)
  • Holly Hughes (current NC Business Administration Level 5 student)

Nominees also received certificates of achievement in recognition of their nominations.

Jamie Hynd and Rachel Treeby

Donna Manson, Patrick Tsuma, Kevin McCall

Newtown Community Café group


Donna Manson, Elma Graham, Scott Weir and Kevin McCall

Overall winner, Rachel Treeby, said: “I feel more confident contributing in class and in all discussions. I also feel my experiences have helped me to have an insight into the caring profession and helped me to empathise with others. I feel I have goals that are now achievable and I hope to progress on to a nursing course after the summer. I have wanted to become a nurse for many years and I now feel that this is achievable.”

Donna Manson, Service Director Children and Young People at Scottish Borders Council said: “Many congratulations to everyone involved in this year’s awards. As always, the quality of nominations was outstanding with every individual and group nominated clearly having shown considerable courage and determination to overcome their own unique and personal barriers to learning. They are to be commended for their determination and I wish them well with whatever they go on to do as a result of their achievements.

“I would also like to acknowledge the ongoing commitment, enthusiasm and hard work of the tutors who have each made a significant contribution to not only the learning that has been achieved, but also the personal development that will have taken place as part of each adult’s individual journey to success.

“Overall it was a very special occasion and everyone who took part should be very proud of their contribution.”

Gordon Brown, Executive Officer at Volunteer Centre Borders, added: “These awards not only celebrate just some of the learning being carried out by adults across the Borders, but are a reminder of the great work being done by the countless volunteers who regularly give their time to teach reading, writing and numeracy skills. We know these volunteers find their roles extremely rewarding and I would urge anyone thinking about volunteering to consider this vital work.”

Published: Wed 29th Mar, 2017