We’ve still got Christmas to look forward to, but it’s time to accept that 2017 is coming to an end. Have you had a good year, full of achievements and memories to last a lifetime? We at KAE have, so we thought now would be the perfect time to reflect on a few achievements and milestones we’ve seen over the year.

Achievements

It’s been a year of success for many of the people connected to KAE, with learners and tutors alike being recognised for their hard work determination .

This included Keeley Nash, who was nominated by KAE for a Festival of Learning Award and in September was selected as the very deserving winner of the Social Impact Award. You can read all about Keeley’s inspirational story of she used her experience of domestic violence to support others with similar history here.

The deadline for nominations for the 2018 Festival of Learning Awards are coming up in January, we hope to be telling you about some more winners from KAE this time next year!

We couldn’t do what we do without the hard work of our Tutors as well, so we’re pleased to say that 14 of our Tutors were assessed and awarded with an OTLA Level 1 certificate this year, the highest level achievable for a Tutor.

A change of scenery

You might remember back in July that we relocated from our headquarters of over 30 years on College Road in Sittingbourne to a new site on London Road. We’re comfortably settled in to this fantastic, modern building now and pleased to still be seeing many of the familiar faces of learners from our previous site turning up to their course.

Another change of scenery took place in Folkestone, where over a number of months The Cube was repainted as part of the Folkestone Triennial project. The newly-painted, multicoloured building is now much more vibrant than before, so if you’re in the area it’s hard not to miss!

Events

We’ve hosted or taken part in some superb events in 2017, helping to raise money and awareness for charities, and award learners and volunteers. For example, in June our Response programme in partnership with Optivo ran two volunteer celebration events in Sittingbourne and Dartford, where the volunteers who have taken part in Response courses were recognised for all of the fantastic contributions they’ve made to the organisations that they’ve volunteered for and rewarded with flowers and a £50 voucher. These events featured various stalls with activities and food, and live bands were very well attended.

At the beginning of this month, we also ran a similar Christmas-themed event in Broadstairs, where volunteers were recognised for their hard work, and food, drink and free taster courses were enjoyed

Some good news to round out the year

One more bit of good news on our part going into the new year, you might’ve seen yesterday that our parent company Community Learning and Skills has successfully achieved Matrix reaccreditation! You can read all about it here.

We enjoyed recapping our year and hope you’ve all had an amazing 2017, and here’s to an even better 2018!

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