Childcare student honoured in NCFE Aspiration Awards is set to help other youngsters thrive 

Roisin Moran, a CACHE student at North West Regional College (NWRC), has been awarded Highly Commended in the Learner of the Year category in our Aspiration Awards, which honours learners who are using vocational qualifications from NCFE or CACHE and making positive improvements to their lives.

Roisin’s infectious enthusiasm for learning and position as a leadership figure within her class, makes her an inspirational young woman with a bright future ahead. Despite previously struggling with mainstream school, Roisin is now excelling at NWRC using the Level 2 Diploma for Children’s Care, Learning and Development from CACHE and has aspirations to become a Play Therapist.

Having lost her place at school and failing to secure a place within another secondary school, Roisin’s only option was to continue her studies at an external education facility. Roisin didn’t let previous events define her future and she excelled in her setting completing all of her GCSEs and achieving top of her class in Level 2 Hair and Beauty.


A committed volunteer

Roisin’s voluntary work at Long Tower Youth Club inspired here to undertake a technical qualification in childcare. Since beginning the qualification, Roisin’s written work and projects have been completed to a very high standard, and she has demonstrated a high level of competence during her placement, receiving extremely positive reports. Always striving to achieve more, Roisin has completed qualifications in leadership and safeguarding to help her in the future.

Sue Nugent, Roisin’s mum, said: “I am so proud of how far my daughter has come in the past two years, from having difficulties in a mainstream school and struggling to secure a place at another school, to now being on the way to completing her Level 2 qualification. Roisin has shown impressive determination.”


A born leader

With Roisin’s enthusiastic attitude and confident approach, she quickly adopted the role of leader within her class. In a project based around designing and creating Story Sacks, Roisin was instrumental in the planning, she respected the views of others and supported them in their learning and skills development, encouraging everyone to get stuck in. During practical work Roisin inspires her peers to get involved, highlights and praises their achievements and helps increase their confidence in their abilities. Roisin was one of the first to be awarded ‘Student of the Week’ to celebrate her efforts in class and has been voted as Class Representative for her group. Her tutors remarked that Roisin’s confidence and self-esteem have grown immensely, and this led to her winning a college prize for her dedication to a project and excellent communication skills.

Sharon McLaughlin, Department of Training and Skills at NWRC said: “It has been so rewarding to watch Roisin blossom into the incredible practitioner she has now become. Her confidence has elevated and she is inspirational amongst her peers.”


Aspirations to become a Play Therapist

At the beginning of the course, Roisin wanted to complete her Level 2 and Level 3 Diploma for Children’s Care, Learning and Development to gain employment in the field of Early Years. Roisin has now set her sights on continuing her studies to degree level, in order to become a Play Therapist, as she has a deep and enduring interest in mental health and the impact on children. As a result of her interest, Sharon has been supporting Roisin to explore the research around Adverse Childhood Experiences, in the context of Northern Ireland and Scotland. As part of the prize for the commendation, Roisin will receive a tablet to aid her in her future studies.

Roisin commented: “I have really enjoyed the Level 2 Diploma for Children’s Care, Learning and Development and I am so pleased to have been recognised by the Aspiration Awards. I am excited to progress to the next step with CACHE and undertake my Level 3 and then go onto higher education. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family, NWRC and what I learned during my qualification.”


About the awards

This is the second year of the Aspiration Awards, where we asked schools and teachers to nominate a ‘Learner of the Year’ with big aspirations and the determination to see it though. The scheme was developed to recognise learners who are using technical qualifications to help them reach their goals and make positive improvements to their life.


Leanne Poole
Leanne Poole
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