Learner of the Year Award
The Scottish Union Learning Board introduced the Scottish Union Learning Learner of the Year Award in 2011, with the aim of recognising the range of learning journeys currently undertaken by learners in the workplace, supported by trade unions. For the first time, the 2022 Learner of the Year Award will be presented at STUC Congress.
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The recipient of the 2020 Learner of the Year Award was Barry Young, a member of Unite the Union.
Barry, who works in Kilmarnock as a painter in Housing Asset Services for East Ayrshire Council, received the 10th Annual Learner of the Year Award from the STUC at the Scottish Union Learning Everyday Skills Conference, which took place online on 25 February 2021. The Award was presented by Wendy Burton, Director of Scottish Union Learning.
Barry was chosen as 2020 Learner of the Year for his commitment both as a learner and as an advocate for suicide prevention and mental health awareness. His learning journey began when he was elected as a workplace ULR, and subsequently Shop Steward and Health & Safety rep.
The recipient of the 2019 Learner of the Year Award was Jena Hunter, a member of the BECTU Sector of Prospect.
Jena was chosen as 2019 Learner of the Year because of her commitment to her continuing learning journey through union learning. To expand her skillset and grow her professional experience, Jena has undertaken a range of BECTU Vision short training courses, including Scottish Mental Health First Aid and the accredited Managing Safety in Film and Television Productions.
Isabella Sutherland, a member of Unite the Union who works in Aberdeen as a Heli-pad administrator for Aramark in the offshore catering sector, received the 8th Annual Learner of the Year Award from the STUC at the 11th Annual Scottish Union Learning Conference in Clydebank, Glasgow on Tuesday, 13 November 2018. The Award was presented by Ivan McKee MSP, Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation.
Isabella was chosen as 2018 Learner of the Year because of her commitment both as a learner and as an advocate for adults returning to learning in the workplace.
Scottish Union Learning presented the 7th Annual Learner of the Year Award to Priscilla Maramba, a UNISON member who works at Stirling Council, at the 2017 Scottish Union Learning Conference in Edinburgh. The presentation was made by Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Employability and Training.
Priscilla was born and brought up in Zimbabwe, and worked as a solicitor there until life started to become challenging under the government regime of Robert Mugabe. In 2001, Priscilla came to the UK to study and make a new life for herself and her three children.
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