Learning Lands Val A Management Job And An Award To Boot

Thu, 07/12/2000 - 00:00

Val McLoughlin, aged 44, from Chester-le-Street in Durham, has progressed from being an Activities Co-ordinator at a care home to managing a Residential Dementia Care Unit. Her dedication and commitment to learning is being recognised with a Regional Individual Award as part of the 20th Adult Learners’ Week 14 - 20 May 2011.

Val was employed as an Activities Co-ordinator working in a large care home and often wanted to discuss the care of residents with colleagues. Unfortunately, she felt her opinion would not count as she had no vocational qualifications. Val was nervous about written work, but after talking to East Durham College she undertook an NVQ3 in Health and Social Care, passing in 2008.

Her confidence was at an all-time high and she went on to complete level 2 Team Leading, level 4 Management Skills, NVQ2 with the Keep Fit Association, a certificate in Aromatherapy and a certificate for the safe administration of medication. With newly acquired skills, Val became Deputy Manager of the care home, constantly promoting the importance of training to her staff.

Two years ago Val became manager of Lindisfarne EMI Residential unit in Chester-le-Street and has since completed an Investors Learning Management Award. She said, “My life has changed for the better and I loved every minute of my learning to get to where I am now...if you are willing to learn and put the work in, the results are astonishing.”

Alan Tuckett, NIACE Chief Executive, said,
“The stories of our award winners once again this year, the 20th Adult Learners’ Week, illustrate the overwhelmingly positive impact that learning has on people’s lives. The transformation that Val has experienced is due to her dedication, persistence and ambition. I hope that adults across the country will be inspired by Val’s story to take up learning and discover for themselves a whole new life.”

Janet Lawrence, a Work based Assessor and Internal Verifier at East Durham College, added: “I have worked alongside and supported Val with her training needs since 2008. I can honestly say she has a thirst for learning and a commitment to improve the service she provides for all vulnerable adults.

“Val to this day continues to strive and self-develop and has recently enrolled with us on a Level 5 Diploma in Management.  Val is an inspiration to her staff team and others around her!”