Kendal Tutor goes back to the classroom to claim top learner award

14 Jun 2016

A hospitality tutor from Kendal College has been crowned one of the Institute of Hospitality’s ‘Learners of the Year’ for 2016. 

Simon Hansen, Hospitality Lecturer at Kendal College

Simon Hansen, a Lecturer in Hospitality and Catering at the College was one of only three students to be honoured at the Institute of Hospitality Awards Dinner, which took place on Monday 13th June in London.

Simon, 40, originally from the North East, lives in Kendal and has worked at Kendal College for the last 10 years. As part of the College’s ongoing professional development programme, he has developed his own learning whilst working full time training the next generation of young chefs.

Simon was presented with the Level 4 Learner of the Year 2016 Award by Anne Harper, Head of Professional Development at the Institute of Hospitality. The awards are rewarded for attaining the highest marks in end of year exams. Anne said: “This is a fabulous achievement, and I am so delighted that Simon will be putting his learning and expertise to good use in the training and development of hospitality professionals through Kendal College's range of bespoke offers to hospitality employers. In this, the Institute of Hospitality's year of learning, it's fantastic to have a hospitality educator win this coveted prize.”

On receiving the award, Simon said: “I feel quite overwhelmed to have been recognised like this by the Institute. My passion for food has been a fundamental part of my life and I get so much pleasure in striving to pass this passion and skills onto the next generation.

“I hope to continue my learning and further expand my knowledge of the wider hospitality industry, whilst at the same time using my experience to inspire my own students to understand that learning is for life and is something that should be embraced and not feared. I am hoping to also teach on College’s next set of Higher Education courses, which start later this year.

“Learning is made easier with the right people educating you and my own tutor, Suzanne Horner has been inspiring and supportive throughout. With her help, I have been able to balance my studies with a busy work schedule and family time.”

Maggie Cawthorn, Director of Curriculum at Kendal College, said: “Everyone at the College is delighted with Simon’s achievement. We actively encourage our staff to continue with their studies and enjoy helping them, as well as our students, to realise their true potential. We’re a learner organisation and are fully committed to lifelong learning.”

The Institute of Hospitality is the professional body for individual managers and aspiring managers working and studying in the hospitality, leisure and tourism (HLT) industry. 2016 is the IOH’s official  ‘Year of Learning’.