Padmini Ali Ayube

European Social Fund Regional Awards
South East

With no qualifications and the wish to improve her English skills, Padmini was encouraged to go back to education in her 30s.

She first gained her qualification in Adult Literacy Level 1 and this made Padmini – a manager of a care home – appreciate the value of learning. Padmini felt a number of her staff would benefit from further education, so, together with her colleagues, she gained an NVQ Level 2 in Customer Service.

At the same time, Padmini also gained Literacy and  Numeracy Level 2 and with the ultimate dream of becoming a social worker, she is currently undertaking Level 3 in Leadership and Management.

“Padmini’s journey from Entry Level 3 to full Level 3 qualifications in just three years is remarkable, especially as she has worked in a demanding care home role throughout this time, together with raising a young family,” said nominator Linda.

“Without free government-funded courses, I could never have achieved this. Who would have believed I would be taking a Level 3 qualification in management when I left school with nothing at all?
Certainly not me!” Padmini ended.