Former Trafford College student, Akeim Mundell, is celebrating being recognised in a prestigious national competition that celebrates the individuals, tutors, employers and projects that have used learning to transform their lives and the lives of others.
Akeim Mundell (22) from Whalley Range, was named as a Highly Commended recipient in the category of ‘Outstanding Individual Learner Award’, in this year’s Festival of Learning awards.
The Festival of Learning Awards, led by the Learning and Work Institute, showcase and celebrate the wide range of opportunities and resources available to adults hoping to continue or resume their education. The largest celebration of lifelong learning in England, the festival recognises the inspiring achievements of adult learners nationwide, along with their families, communities and employers.
Akeim was recognized for his commitment to learning and for being an avid ambassador of adult learning within his local community.
Akeim was a student with Trafford College where he studied childcare, and since finishing his course, he revisits the College to help inspire others. He credits his time at Trafford College to his successful career and his numerous personal successes ever since. Since leaving the College, Akeim has won a number of awards, including a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the community in Manchester, which he proudly received at this year’s New Year’s honours.
He has also progressed to be a Higher Level Teaching Assistant and IT Lead & Senior Youth Mentor, as well as graduating from both his foundation degree and BA Hons in Education, while also currently studying for his PGCE.
Akeim was just 16 when he lost his best friend, but from tragedy sprung hope for hundreds of other young people. He decided to set up an online group in his friend’s memory called ‘Manchester Job Opportunities’, offering local jobs to 17,000 members, which has seen more than 200 people employed as a result.
Akeim, who is also a mentor for a youth group, Community on Solid Ground, works full time as a teaching assistant at St Mary’s Primary School in Moss Side – his own former school. He also runs workshops to help young people build their CVs. He now hopes to continue his good work in the community through his contributions to numerous charitable organisations and work groups.
Akeim commented, “I feel honoured to have been recognised by the Festival of Learning awards for all I have achieved since my time studying at Trafford College Altrincham – which holds a special place in my heart, for both helping and supporting me to become the person I am today.”
Joan Scott, Director of Learning for Adult Learning & Skills added, “This national recognition is testament to the hard work undertaken by a wonderfully enthusiastic student who is dedicating his life to encouraging others to learn, and providing them with fantastic opportunities for the future. This recognition is thoroughly deserved.”