Millinery Student Scoops Adult Learners Week Award

Lydia Wall, winner of Adult Learners Week Award

A Kensington and Chelsea College student was among the creme of the crop at a national awards ceremony celebrating adult education.

Lydia Wall, 41, took centre stage after returning to education and discovering a talent for hat-making that led her to overcome homelessness and start up her own business.

The determined student from Crouch End took up HNC Millinery at the college after discovering a flair for hat-making whilst at London’s Skylight Centre – run by homeless charity Crisis.

Supported by the college and Crisis Lydia completed her HNC in Millinery and landed a coveted role working at Philip Tracey Millinery. The ambitious former student now runs her own millinery business and has her own home and studio space at Bow Art Trust in London.

Lydia said: ‘The education I completed opened new horizons for me and I am very excited and happy that I am doing something that I love.’

Lydia’s dedication and commitment to learning was recognised with a high-profile win at the 2011 Adult Learners’ Week Awards.

Presenting the award to Lydia was John Hayes, Minister for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, who said: ‘I wholeheartedly congratulate Lydia. Her story shows how learning can transform lives. Practical skills play a vital role in building a person’s job prospects and wellbeing and it is right that excellence should be recognised and rewarded.’