By Sam Beavis: A Staffordshire University student has been named as Stoke-on-Trent’s Learner of the Year.
Catherine Chadwick, 38, from Meir, received the award from record producer and celebrity Pete Waterman at the LearnMore awards at Kings Hall.
The annual event, run by Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Enterprise and Skills team, celebrates the region’s most outstanding achievements by learners, educators and employers.
Student nurse and mother-of-two Catherine was chosen by a panel of judges for her dedication to learning.
She said: “When I was a little girl I had always wanted to be a nurse but, after I fell pregnant at a young age, I never thought I had a chance.
“Not having any qualifications really knocked my confidence and I never thought I would be able to do it. I can’t believe how far I have come.”
Catherine returned to education to complete her GCSEs and A Levels at Stoke-on-Trent College.
Learner of the Year was one of nine awards. Others included Employer of the Year/Commitment to Skills, presented by Staffordshire University Vice Chancellor Michael Gunn to Choices Houses Association.
Staffordshire University graduate Carole Domanski was also nominated for the Learner of the Year Award.