Skills For Working Life - May Award 2012

Sun, 2001-08-05 01:00

East Durham College student Thomas Payne recently won the Skills for Working Life Award at the College’s May Student Awards ceremony.

Thomas, 18, from Seaham, is studying on a NPTC Entry Certificate in Skills for Working Life.

Tutor Diane Matson-Davies said: "Tom has excellent attendance, punctuality and completion of written tasks. He is always keen, focused and willing to learn and his teamwork has greatly improved despite Autism.

"Tom has progressed and applied 100% effort into given tasks despite having Autism which at the start of the year hindered his progress and left him struggling to cope with college life. His social development skills have drastically improved and in recent weeks he has begun to interact much more with his peers, both in lessons and at break times.

"Tom has also managed to participate in enrichment activities of sport ability, attending the gym and participating in street dance lessons all against the odds of his Autism. The tutors within the department have all experienced various developments to Tom’s whole attitude to college life and his commitment to the course, Tom is on target to achieve to a good standard."

Diane added: "Overall Tom’s personal social development skills have developed beyond the teams expectations after Tom’s difficult start to the year".