Banham apprentice up for award after conquering disability

Georgina Weatherburn, aged 20, of Banham, has been nominated for the Learndirect Inspiration Award 2015
Georgina Weatherburn, aged 20, of Banham, has been nominated for the Learndirect Inspiration Award 2015

A young woman from south Norfolk who overcame a very severe disability to complete her apprenticeship has been nominated for a national award.

Georgina Weatherburn, 20, from Banham, earned a nomination for the Learndirect Inspiration Award after successfully completing her child care Apprenticeship with Learndirect, despite suffering from cerebral palsy.

The condition had left her needing extensive rehabilitation following the reconstruction of her feet and operations on her legs, and her school education had also been adversely affected by severe dyslexia and dyspraxia.

Georgina obtained qualifications in English and first aid while on the Apprenticeship and was able to transition into full-time child care employment at a local nursery after it had concluded.

She said: “Life is too short to wallow. You need to get out into the working world and achieve your goals.

“Doing the Apprenticeship with Learndirect has helped me gain lots of new confidence and achieve my goals.

“I was fully supported through my qualification and it’s nice for people to be able to see past my disability to what I’ve achieved.”

Carol Rix, the trainer and assessor at Learndirect, said: “I nominated Georgina for the Learndirect Inspiration Award as I feel that she has highlighted to me that Apprenticeships are achievable for anyone.

“She has worked really hard over the past year and showed so much enthusiasm and enjoyment on each of my visits with her and never cancelling.

Nominations for the Inspiration Awards are being accepted until January 30, 2015. For more information or to nominate somebody, visit www.learndirect.com/awards