Young people celebrate their success

This story was published 4 July 2017

The achievements of 43 young people who have accessed personalised learning pathways last year have been applauded.

Learners and guests at the celebration event at Allerton Court hotel, Northallerton

A personalised learning pathway (PLP) supports a young person in their development, based on how they learn best. It focuses on strategies to help them achieve their goals concerning work, skill development and independence. The programme is delivered in partnership by local providers to ensure young people remain within their community with their families and friends.

Their achievements were recognised at an event at the end of last week to coincide with the annual national Festival of Learning, (formerly Adult Learners Week), which invites organisations and communities to take part in adult learning activities. The aim is to showcase the wide range of opportunities and resources available to enable adults to continue or resume their education.

At the event, the learners shared their learning journeys, employment experience and personal progress and were awarded certificates of achievement by Pete Dwyer, the county Council’s Corporate Director of Children and Young People's Services. He said: “This celebration is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate our pride in the achievements of the learners we have supported in the last year. It has been great to hear about the range of successes, including young people who have gained employment in their community, become more independent through learning skills such as cooking or using public transport and others who have progressed in their personal communication skills, in particular with sensory activities.

“The PLP programme works because we listen to the young people and have strong partnerships with families, providers and organisations across the community.”

Learners and guests were also treated to PLP’s Got Talent performances from the learning hubs in Harrogate, Northallerton, Scarborough and Selby.

County Councillor Janet Sanderson, Executive Member for Children’s Services, said: “Events like these are a fantastic way of recognising and raising awareness about the achievements of young people who are determined to enhance their skills and become more independent. They are a real credit to themselves and the PLP team.”