Tutor nominated for community champion award
A TUTOR who is described as a role model for the young people he helps has been nominated for an award.
Carl Twigg joined Learn 4 Work, based at the Bridge Centre, in Birches Head, in 2003 as an activity leader apprentice.
Since then he has progressed to become a full-time tutor and assessor working with under-19s on NVQs in sports and leisure.
p>His colleague Wesley Weston has nominated him in the community champion category of the LearnMore 2011 Awards, organised by Stoke-on-Trent City Council to celebrate outstanding educational successes.
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Carl, aged 24, from Heron Cross, said: "It takes a lot of hard work and knowledge to do this role. But I came through the apprenticeship programme myself so I know how to help people.
"We get young people referred to Learn 4 Work who are in a NEETS programme, designed for those leaving school without training, further education or employment.
"Helping them takes a lot of patience but it is worth it."
Community leaders and the public can nominate individuals who demonstrate how learning can change lives for the annual awards.
The scheme will culminate in a gala evening at The King's Hall, in Stoke, in October. Nominations can be made in different categories, recognising the achievements of learners, educators, employers, technological advancements and those who go the extra mile in their communities.
Learn 4 Work tutor Mr Weston said: "The contribution Carl makes could best be described as inspir ational.
"He helps learners from some of the most deprived wards of the city who have been labelled 'unreachable'.
"Carl's empathy allows him to engage and communicate with these young people.
"They feel he is their role model because he is trustworthy, honest, supportive and will constantly go out of his way to understand the issues affecting them. He is always looking for unique opportunities to unleash their potential.
"I cannot imagine a more worthy candidate for the Community Champion Award."
Councillor Mark Meredith, council cabinet member for economic development, said the nominations had started rolling in for LearnMore.
He said: "This is a fantastic opportunity to reward people who improve their lives through education and make something better of themselves.
"Education is the silver bullet – the very best way to a better life."
Nomination forms and further details are available online at www.learn-more.org.uk, and at all local libraries and Stoke-on-Trent City Council neighbourhood centres or by calling 01782 284616. The closing date for applications is August 19.