Date: 10/04/2008 Category: Adult Learning
When Gillingham resident Trevor Brooks decided to take his photographic hobby further by enrolling on a course at Rochester Adult Education Centre, little did he know where it would lead. After a one-year course in photography at the centre, Trevor’s portfolio of work has earned him a City & Guilds Medal of Excellence. His award was for Outstanding Performance in the Creative and Photographic Occupations sector. The judge said that Trevor’s work was “a first class submission showing learned skills and visual appreciation”. Roughly a million students nationwide are eligible for the award, but Trevor is one of only 150 who have been awarded a medal and certificate, which he received at a ceremony on 18 March in London. Although delighted with the recognition for his photographs, Trevor is modest about his achievements. He said: “The enthusiasm of the other course members, and the tutor Laura Thomas, made it a pleasure to learn more about my hobby. I found that my skills developed in a more structured way, thanks to the course.” Trevor is also in the running for a City & Guilds Lion Award, in which eight winners are chosen from all those who have been awarded a Medal of Excellence. The results will be announced at a special celebratory dinner in London on 14 April. In the meantime, although Trevor’s thoughts are turning to retirement after 40 years as a civil servant, he is only just beginning his degree-level studies with the Open College of the Arts, part of the Open University.