A student volunteer from Cardiff Met has led a group of adult learners to qualification success in digital literacy.
The class of Agored Cymru learners aged 60 to 89 were awarded the title of Learners of the Year at Caerphilly Council's Adult Education Partnership Awards, having beaten over 30 nominees to the accolade.
Student volunteer Sophie Jones, who is currently studying towards a Post-Compulsory Education and Training PGCE at Cardiff Met, worked with the group – many of whom did not know how to turn a computer on prior to enrolling but have now developed numerous skills during their time in the class.
Having taken on a diverse range of topics via a syllabus specifically tailored to what they wanted to learn, the class has gained skills in digital communication, utilised online shopping tools and learnt how to listen to their favourite music through apps such as YouTube and Spotify.
Their award comes as a coincidental prelude to Adult Learners' Week, an event which seeks to support learners who take up vocational learning in the years after compulsory education.
Interested in pursuing a career in community education, Sophie was encouraged to lead the class by tutors Leanne Davies and Rhiain Burberry at Cardiff Met and Caroline Millington at Caerphilly Council, in order to build her work experience within the classroom.
On the achievements of her students, Sophie said: "I am absolutely delighted that the class has won this award, it's thoroughly deserved for the hard work that they've put in to learning about the benefits that digital technology can bring to their lives.
"The class came together as strangers but have quickly grown into a great group of friends who have been incredibly supportive towards one another across the course.
"Volunteering for the class has been a wonderful opportunity. Not only have I gained experience within the classroom but the opportunity to watch everybody develop new skills and improve their digital literacy has been really rewarding."
The class celebrated their success last week at an award ceremony in Abertillery.