'Best Learner' Alannah builds her future

'Best Learner' Alannah builds her future 24 September, 2015

The Committee of South London Principals (COSLP) held its annual Best Learner Awards at the House of Lords. Carshalton College is delighted to announce Alannah Williams was nominated for a Best Learner Award 2015. Alannah proudly received her award from Lord Tope at the House of Lords in May. Alannah joined the Carshalton College in 2012 and spent two years gaining her Childcare qualification and re-taking her Maths and English GCSEs. After deciding to pursue a career working with young people, Alannah realised it would be beneficial to learn a trade and selected Bricklaying.

Alannah, who manages multiple mental health issues including ADHD and Bipolar Disorder, works hard to overcome these challenges and is motivated to gain her qualifications and succeed. Alannah receives regular support by the College's Student Support Team.

Alannah Williams is currently on the CSkills Diploma in Brickwork Level 1, flying the flag for women in construction. She works hard towards achieving her goal of becoming a youth worker to help other young people who maybe struggling with similar issues.

Alannah is the only female in the class of 15 students and will be the first female to complete the Level 1 Diploma at the College. Her tutor Sean Henry is extremely proud of Alannah's attitude and enthusiasm since joining the course.
In her own words:

"At first, being the only girl on the Bricklaying course was overwhelming, but the boys have been helpful and I am treated no differently. It's a hands on course and Sean has been a fantastic tutor. Carshalton College has given me the confidence to achieve; finding ways to help me learn that suits me. You are treated like an adult."

Matthew Proctor, Construction Team Leader, said:  "It is great to have a woman on the bricklaying course; we hope Alannah will inspire other young women to consider learning a trade within Construction. The industry is growing and companies are welcoming the increasing number of women in different trades."

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