Learning is not just for the young

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THIS week (14-19th May) is Adult Learners Week and while many people have the preconceived idea that learning is just for the young two Wisbech students prove it’s never too late to learn.

Sarah Hasler (44) of Wisbech has completed the level 1, 2 and 3 Diploma in Hairdressing and is now studying the NVQ level 2 Diploma in Nail Technology at the College of West Anglia Isle Campus.

She also runs her own very successful business ‘Sarah’s Mobile Hair and Nails’.

After moving to Wisbech Sarah worked as a part-time child minder and shop worker but then chose to re-train with the College of West Anglia because “they run evening hairdressing courses, which enabled me to still work part-time and run two sons backwards and forwards to school.

“Studying at the college has completely changed my life; it gave me the confidence to start believing that I could anything even though I had been away from a college environment for over 20 years.

“My business is going from strength to strength; it has paid for this year’s course, all my equipment, products, and expenses.

“I am currently in the process of expanding the range of treatments and services I can offer my clients.”

She added: “Anything you want to do is possible; you have one life so follow your dreams.

“The College of West Anglia is a great place to fulfil your dreams, so don’t let your age, or past experiences put you off changing your life for good.”

Weslie Ogilvie (30) also of Wisbech worked full-time in a factory in Peterborough for nearly four years before he was made redundant and it was at this point he decided to change direction and learn the trade of carpentry and joinery.

Weslie is currently studying a level 1 carpentry and bench joinery qualification at the Isle campus of the College of West Anglia.

Weslie said: “The qualification has given me the basic skills to go on to a level 2 course and enter employment.

“If anyone is thinking of returning to education to gain a new skill I would definitely say go for it.”

When Weslie finishes his course he plans to carry on with his training and start working with his dad in-between.

For more information about the courses on offer at COWA visit: www.cwa.ac.uk and don’t forget if you are currently unemployed day-time and evening courses may be free.