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R.E.A.L. Learner is Cooking up a Storm

Congratulations to one of our R.E.A.L. Education learners, who has embraced remote learning during lockdown to achieve not one, but two Hospitality qualifications.  

Q had just started a BTEC Level 1 Introduction to Hospitality at the time of the first lockdown. He worked diligently to achieve this in record time and progressed on to a Level 1 NVQ in Hospitality Services, which he successfully completed this month.

He has engaged in weekly cooking lessons via Google Hangouts, cooking alongside his tutor online to complete his qualification. Having completed his Level 1 NVQ, he is now looking to progress onto a Level 2 NVQ in Food Production and Cooking. 

Linda Neville, Hospitality Lead at R.E.A.L. Education said: “He has been an absolute star during the whole of lockdown! He has worked really hard with the full support of his parents and we have completed several observations via Google Hangouts to complete his qualification.

“He wants to pursue a career in Hospitality. He has chosen to progress onto a Level 2 in Food Production and Cooking next, after which he has discussed staying on next year and completing a Level 3 in Hospitality Supervision. I have no doubt he will be successful in his chosen career path. 

“We have also nominated him for a BTEC award in recognition of his fantastic achievements.” 

Q has been excelling in other areas of the curriculum too. He has been engaged in remote STEM lessons, and has recently achieved Level 1 English Functional Skills in Reading where he gained a fantastic pass with a near-perfect score! 

Duncan Allen, STEM Coordinator at R.E.A.L. Education, said “He is a very intelligent young man and has adapted brilliantly to a different way of learning. STEM sessions are usually practical, hands-on lessons, so have had to be completely rethought for remote learning.  He has attended group sessions to observe practical elements and has accessed the curriculum as a live lesson blended with pre-recorded materials. 

“During these lessons, he asks articulate and intelligent questions, which show his interest and enthusiasm for technology and STEM-related subjects. He really has displayed a brilliant attitude to remote learning throughout.”

His progress also caught the attention of Claire Colley, Learning Manager at R.E.A.L. Education. Claire said: “We’re absolutely thrilled with the progress he has made. During the first lockdown, he didn’t want to answer the phone to tutors, so he has come such a long way in his engagement with R.E.A.L. He should be really proud of his achievements.

“A big thank you to all of the team involved in supporting this learner, which of course includes Linda and Duncan, as well as Janelle Duddles, Laura Marriott, Rebecca Butler and Neil Stenhouse.”

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