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Over 60 but still adding to her CV; Training courses and Education.

WHILE many people in their 60s are thinking of retiring, it could not be further away for one Zodiac employee, who is reaching for the stars.

Margaret Marshall has proved that learning does not have to end just because you have left school. As a data administrator at Zodiac Training, Margaret is a testament to lifelong learning.

In her 60s, she is still taking qualifications. Margaret started her career with Zodiac Training in 2000, but it was not until three years ago that she began her qualifications quest.

Since 2004 she has completed seven qualifications through the training and recruitment company, including administration and customer service NVQs and adult literacy and numeracy certificates.

She has even completed a selection of Japanese motivational courses. The latest qualification to add to Margaret's impressive list is the level-three NVQ administration programme.

Margaret said: "Zodiac Training has given me an amazing opportunity. As I did not complete any exams at school, due to illness, I have never had any formal qualifications. I feel that I have been given a second chance at education."

Margaret even managed to complete her level-two NVQ in only four visits, as opposed to the normal six to eight visits.

She has always had an interest in learning and used to attend a recreational art night course.

Keeley Bennett, administration manager at Zodiac, said: "The qualifications that Margaret has completed since she joined us at Zodiac Training have definitely been worth it. They have not only helped her in her job role but they have also helped Margaret's confidence to grow both in and out of the workplace."

Zodiac Training provides work-based training throughout the region. It is responsible for finding thousands of people employment and training to meet their requirements.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 19, 2007
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