Hardworking Tim Curbbun has received the runner-up prize for the National European Social Fund (ESF) Outstanding Individual award for his achievement in learning and contribution to community.
The Festival of Learning Awards showcase and celebrate the wonderful things that learning can achieve for individuals, families, communities and employers.
Tim’s dream of being a beauty therapist started when he took a level two college course in beauty therapy, followed by a photographic and media make-up course and a level three beauty therapy apprenticeship.
Tim, from Chesterfield wanted to take this further, in a role where he could educate and make a difference to people’s lives. With support from ESF funding, he secured a place on a Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance (TAQA) assessing course at Chesterfield College and now has the ability to support, educate and make a difference to the lives of students through his assessing career.
Tim strives to make people feel the best they possibly can through his work, and in turn, inspires beauty therapy and media make up students around him.
He said: “As a male in the beauty Iindustry, there have been many challenges however, the support and guidance of friends, family members, employers and the staff at Chesterfield College mean I am now hoping to progress into a teaching role.”
Festival of Learning is back for its 25th year to celebrate lifelong learning and the benefits it has on people, society and the economy.
Tim joins 28 inspirational regional and national winners that have been selected for a range of awards across the four categories – including awards for individual learners, employers, innovative projects and inspirational tutors.
Stephen Evans, CEO of Learning & Work Institute, which leads the Festival of Learning Awards said: “Tim’s story showcases the extraordinary benefits that learning brings people.
“We hope it encourages others to have the confidence to follow their dreams and, like Tim, inspire others to succeed.”
For more information visit: www.festivaloflearning.org.uk.