Dedicated Daniel earns skills award

Hard work is adding up to better career prospects for a North Tyneside student after he was honoured for his dedication to learning.

Daniel Henderson has received the Functional Skills Achievement Award at the LA7 Youth Awards.

The gong recognises his commitment to his functional skills maths studies at Tyne Metropolitan College, which has seen him not only attain Level 1, but become the first student on a Preparing for Employment course to also reach Level 2.

In addition, he has achieved a Certificate in Employability Skills, a Level 1 award in engineering and completed a placement at Northumbria Youth Action.

During the summer he will be participating in Talent Match, which aims to help individuals to develop work skills, and he will be progressing to the Level 1 Transition to Employability course in September.

He said: “I was really shocked to be nominated. This award means a lot to me.

“I’ve loved every minute of my course and I’ve had lots of support from TyneMet. The tutors are really helpful and friendly, and always have time to talk to you.

“I’ve made lots of good friends and learnt lots of new things.”

Head of preparation for life and work Andrea Cochrane, who nominated Daniel, said: “Daniel has shown significant improvement since joining the college. We’re really proud of him.

“Daniel is a very committed student and I have seen his confidence go from strength to strength.”