Winsford and Rural East

Talking West Cheshire

Barnton man awarded top honour for using learning to change his life

3 July 2012

A man from Barnton, Northwich who was unemployed for two years, has won a North West award for learning new skills which helped him get an ICT apprenticeship.

Peter Gleave aged 25 has been honoured as an Adult Learner by the National Institute for Adult Continuing Education.

He began to get his life back on track after walking through the door of Cheshire West and Chester Council’s The Zone Community Learning Centre in Northwich.

He attended an eight week course called Workability Plus and learned how to write a CV, undertake an interview and also gained certificates in First Aid, Manual Handling and Food Hygiene.

Peter then progressed to Literacy and Numeracy Level Two qualifications and an ECDL IT level two qualification, which gave him the skills to progress his desire to work with computers

In 2010 Peter gained a six month position with Zone as a Community Learning Champion Support Worker and he recruited and supported learners at the centre, putting his IT skills to use.

As his position came to a close he obtained a two year apprenticeship with Weaver Vale Housing Trust as an ICT modern apprentice.

Peter’s Manager Brendan Doherty, ICT Services Supervisor for the Trust said: “Peter’s positive attitude to work and learning new skills during his apprenticeship makes him a valuable asset to our team.”

Peter said: “My life is now completely different and I am learning to drive.

“When I stumbled into the Zone I had no idea where my life was going. I didn’t know what my place was. I had had set back after set back.”

“I am considering my future and what I could do, looking forward.”

Councillor Herbert Manley, Executive Member for Prosperity said: “I know that everyone at The Zone is very proud of Peter and his wonderful achievements.

“The aim of The Zone is to raise aspirations, make opportunities more accessible and help everyone who attends, believe that there is a job out there for you.

“Peter is a shining example of what goals can be reached and we all wish him the very best in the future which he now looks on with confidence.”

David Hughes, Chief Executive of the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education said: “Peter’s life has improved because of his commitment, enthusiasm and ambition.

“I hope that others will be inspired by this story and see the role that learning can play to help them get a better life.”

Peter Gleave receives his North West award from Marie Kerwin from NIACE

Photo caption: Peter Gleave receives his North West award from Marie Kerwin from NIACE