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Three adult learners have been honoured for their exceptional achievements, highlighting the real benefits that adult education can bring.

Bourne resident Steve Kelby andEmma Frampton and Barbara Kaczmarek, both from Stamford, have been named as Lincolnshire’s Learners of the Year.

All three were nominated by their tutors for their hard work and dedication over the past 12 months, and were presented with their awards at the Lincolnshire Show on Wednesday last week.

Steve has been a stay-at-home dad for the past five years, but, with his daughter now in school, he decided it was time to return to work. To help improve his prospects, he took courses in maths and phonics at Bourne Abbey Primary School.

Emma took a functional skills maths course at Stamford Children’s Centre to be able to help her children with homework and to improve her chances of finding employment. Having continued with her learning, she is now close to completing a childcare qualification.

Originally from Poland, Barbara has been studying English for Speakers of Other Languages at Stamford Children’s Centre. She has also completed a course in supporting teaching and learning.

As a result of their learning experiences, Emma and Barbara are now working as teaching assistants at local schools, while Steve is currently volunteering at a school and applying to be a teaching assistant.

Executive member for adult learning Patricia Bradwell (Con) said: “ Steve, Emma and Barbara’s stories show the life-changing potential of life-long learning.

“It’s great to see that all three of them have gone on to help others with their education. Hopefully, their experiences will also inspire others to give learning a go.

“Whether you’re looking to try something new or develop your skills, with a wide range of courses being held across the county, it is possible. “There are daytime and evening courses available all year round, so there’s always an opportunity to start your learning journey.”

To find out more about the courses available visit www.2aspire.org.uk or phone 01522 782011.