Adult Learners’ Week, the national celebration of the benefits of lifelong learning, has launched and will run until Friday 24 May.
Adult Learners’ Week encourages participation in different kinds of learning, whether it is to improve prospects in a current role, start a new career, improve physical and mental health, and learn skills to support family and community, improve essential skills for personal development and to deal with the demands of everyday life.
Mr Daniel Essex, 43, from Herringthorpe, has built himself a brand new career in the construction industry, thanks to Willmott Dixon’s apprenticeship scheme.
Mr Essex is a second year apprentice working towards his Building Maintenance Operative NVQ level 2 qualifications and currently splits his time between studying at college and working on Willmott Dixon Partnerships contract with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, to deliver a repairs service to 10,500 council-owned properties across Rotherham.
He said: “I joined WDP two years ago after making the decision to take up a new challenge later in life. I had always wanted to do an apprenticeship, but was never given the chance when I was younger. I look upon my training as an opportunity to completely transform my career.”