We are proud to announce that Jonathan Gunter, who teaches at the Cardiff University Centre for Lifelong Learning, has received a Highly Commended Essential Skills for Life Award from NIACE Dysgu Cymru.
Jonathan was nominated for his work with youth groups and his development of foundation level courses primarily in music, media, business and social enterprise on the Live Local Learn Local programme.
Working in South East Cardiff, Jonathan has successfully administered many informal accreditations to disadvantaged young people. Through courses, community events, workshops and youth clubs he has helped many young people realise their potential.
Tracy Breadmore-Lammas, Live Local Learn Local Project Co-ordinator at Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning, said: “Through his work with the youth in his local area, Jonathan saw an opportunity to use their interests and current activity to develop their skills and confidence for their future careers. By engaging them on courses that meet their specific needs, he has introduced them to future learning opportunities within Higher Education, a path that many had not previously considered.”
By going the extra mile with his teaching, Jonathan has created many exciting opportunities for his learners. As part of a social enterprise course he arranged for the students to present their business plans they had written in class to a ‘Dragons Den’ style panel that consisted of business mentors, community organisations, funding bodies and banks. He has also designed a research methods course for a youth group that introduced them to the foundational aspects of designing and delivering a basic research project.
Jonathan graduated from Cardiff University with a BSc in Psychology in 2006 and went on to study an MSc in Policy Research at Bristol University in 2007. He is now studying towards a PhD at Glamorgan University, which focuses on partnership work in community regeneration and youth work environments, whilst working as a Tutor on the Live Local Learn Local programme.