It has been a proud day for the Cardinal Hume Centre’s learning services as over 20 clients receive qualifications in English and Food Safety in Catering.
After taking classes at the Centre for up to a year, Fifteen ESOL (english for speakers of other languages)students and six Food safety students passed their exams to gain professionally recognised certificates that will greatly improve their future prospects and for some help them gain the right to stay in the UK.
Addressing the proud clients and Centre staff, ESOL teacher, Rachel Farmer said: “I really enjoyed teaching the ESOL classes. I know you all worked really hard, particularly on your presentations. I want to give thanks to all the volunteers involved, with special recognition to Jean.”
The ESOL students have passed three assessments of their spoken English, including a presentation on a chosen subject. The English Speaking Board Entry Level 3 certificates will make a huge difference to the student’s lives. Not only will it improve employment prospects and their level of social inclusion, for some it will also enable them to improve their immigration status and stay in the country they now call home.
As she received her certificate, Afarina, originally from Iran, expressed her gratitude to the room and displayed how much her confidence has improved at the same time.
“I’m proud of myself today,” said Afarina. “I’m happy to have great teachers like Rachel and Jean and everyone in the building. With the right help you really can save your life. One day I hope I can help someone like you have all helped me. Thank you so much.”
The food hygiene course, provided by City of Westminster College, was being taught for the first time at the Centre. The students studied for one term, then took a written exam to gain their CIEH Level 2 Certificate. Melanie Guymer, the college’s director of adult programmes, presented the certificates.
Melanie said: “Hilary [the course teacher] was really impressed that the clients themselves asked for the exam. She was anxious having never taught it before. But they passed easily, because they were so focused.”
Another student, Marinette, was very proud to receive her certificate, holding it up as she said: “Thank you. This is my future.”