A second chance at learning
Aria Wylie  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  with her tutor Helen Bateman.