Trainee overcomes barriers to win top learning award

Paul Hulbert with his award
Paul Hulbert with his award
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A trainee from Fareham, who came out of school with no qualifications, has scooped a Lifetime Learner Achievement Award.

Paul Hulbert, 27, of Stow Crescent, has won a national Learner Achievement award from apprenticeship training provider Lifetime Training.

Paul, a trainee customer service assistant at Ladbrokes, received the Business Administration, Retail and Commerce Apprentice of the Year Award at the awards ceremony at the Tower of London last week.

Now in their fourth year, these annual awards recognise, reward and celebrate the personal successes and resulting career development of individuals who have completed an apprenticeship qualification with Lifetime Training.

Paul has completed a level 2 qualification thanks to the support of his trainer.

He said: ‘Overwhelmed is an understatement. I’ve worked so hard to change my life, to create something of myself and this is just the best reward. I now know that I can achieve my dreams if I put my mind to it.’

Paul has struggled with Tourettes since the age of eight and began to hate authority and questioned the importance of school.

He was placed in a school for children with anger issues but learnt nothing and came out with no qualifications.

‘I am so proud of all I have achieved with my Lifetime qualification and skills in maths and English.

‘I now believe in myself, I believe I can further my career in Ladbrokes and look forward to completing another qualification with Lifetime.’

Alex Khan, CEO of Lifetime Training, said: ‘The life and career journeys of our finalists all vary dramatically but there’s one common thread throughout – professional training does make such a difference.

‘From improving a person’s self-esteem to providing the leadership and management tools that help them climb the career ladder, these qualifications clearly mean more than just a certificate. A big congratulations to Paul and I wish him every success in him future career.’