Qualification: Level 2 IVQ Diploma in Beauty Consultancy
Centre: National Institute for the Deaf, South Africa
Lazyja completed a City & Guilds Level 2 IVQ Diploma in Beauty Consultancy in 2011.
During her studies, she impressed her training centre, showing focus and constant desire for new challenges and responsibilities. She now manages the centre's training salon while juggling studies and raising a family. She has also been offered a post as assistant facilitator and assessor at the National Institute for the Deaf (NID).
Lazja overcame many barriers to achieve her qualifications, including deafness, a long commute to college, juggling work with her studies and learning for her qualifications in English, her third language. She is the first deaf student to receive a City & Guilds Medal for Excellence and was awarded the 2011 Lion Awards International Learner of the Year.
Christina O’Gorman, NID, who nominated her for the Lion Award commented: “Lazyja shows that anything is possible. If you have a dream and challenge yourself, you can succeed.”