A sec­ond chance at learn­ing

Taupo Times - - OUT & ABOUT - TAMARA THORN

Aria Wylie [17] has been awarded the top award at the Adult Learn­ers Award cer­e­mony held on Thurs­day Septem­ber 7.

How­ever, this has not been an easy step for the young teen to take.

At the early age of 14 Wylie left school, dis­il­lu­sioned with learn­ing af­ter hav­ing been told she would never make any­thing of her­self.

‘‘I didn’t en­joy it. I was dis­in­ter­ested,’’ said Wylie.

Wylie got a job at the age of 15, and af­ter work­ing for some time she de­cided to give learn­ing an­other go.

It was in May this year that Wylie en­rolled part time at Lake­land Learn­ing, with the goal of fin­ish­ing her NCEA level 1 and com­plet­ing NCEA level 2.

Wylie’s tu­tor He­len Bate­man had one-on-one ses­sions, once a week with with Wylie and got her through Level 1. This will con­tin­ued through Lev­els two and three.

Bate­man said it has been Wylie’s en­thu­si­asm for learn­ing that has im­pressed her, and is why she was nom­i­nated for the award.

‘‘She is en­gaged, wants to learn all she can, is ap­ply­ing her newly gained knowl­edge at work, is al­ready ask­ing about study­ing level 3, and now has big goals for her fu­ture ca­reer.’’

Wylie said she was sur­prised to re­ceive the award but is ex­tremely ex­cited and proud that she was nom­i­nated.

‘‘I was happy but sur­prised, and then I was proud,’’ she said.

‘‘It is a good ex­pe­ri­ence and I am look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing.’’

Bate­man said ev­ery provider in the Taupo area nom­i­nated a select few peo­ple to en­ter the awards, so for Wylie to be se­lected is amaz­ing.

‘‘I am ab­so­lutely rapt’, it is in­cred­i­ble that Aria was se­lected,’’ she said.

Wylie is still work­ing at Li­corice Cafe, lo­cated be­tween Taupo and Tu­rangi, while study­ing and us­ing her cus­tomer ser­vice skills to work to­wards her New Zealand cer­tifi­cate in Tourism Level 3.

As part of NCEA Lev­els 1-2, Wylie needs to com­plete ser­vice in­dus­try-ori­en­tated pa­pers, some­thing Bate­man said she can com­plete at work, through her cus­tomer ser­vice skills.

Wylie said look­ing ahead she wants to study ho­tel man­age­ment or flight at­tend­ing with a ter­tiary provider.


Aria Wylie [17] with her tu­tor He­len Bate­man.

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