Engineering student wins prestigious Young Adult Learner Award

Published: 13th September 2017

Published by City College Southampton

We are delighted to announce that engineering student, Ahmed Haji, has been selected as winner of the Festival of Learning Young Adult Learner Award for the London and South East region.

Haji, 22, an aspiring engineer, moved to England from Yemen at the age of 18. Just four years ago, the only qualifications he had achieved were not recognised in the UK. Despite English not being his first language, he came to City College and has now successfully achieved Levels 1 to 3 in Engineering, Level 1 and 2 in Functional Skills in English and Maths, as well as GCSE English and Maths. This year, Haji has been challenging himself to complete the part-time Level 4 HNC in Engineering in just one year (rather than two years), alongside working part-time, and is definitely on track to achieve this higher education level qualification.

Haji has continually worked above and beyond the requirements of his course and has been a great ambassador for learning and the College. He has represented his class for learner voice and devoted his own time to playing an important role in the student council, being the voice of his fellow students and supporting his peers. He has also served as a Student Governor for the College and actively promoted learning options to disengaged teenagers in Southampton.

Speaking of the impact of learning on his life, Haji said: “Being an adult student opened many doors to things I never thought I would achieve. My ultimate goal is to improve my life and the lives of people around me.”

His ultimate goal is to secure a higher apprenticeship with a top company and we are confident that he will achieve this.

City College’s Principal, Sarah Stannard, said: “We are very proud of Haji’s achievements at college.  His drive to make the most of any opportunity and to keep improving himself, are a great example to others.  He has worked hard to succeed on his courses and made an outstanding contribution to college life through his work with the Student Union.  As a result he has developed technical and social skills that will help him throughout his life.  He is a worthy winner and we will enjoy celebrating with him.”

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Ahmed Haji

Ahmed Haji

Ahmed Haji