Nominations now closed for Adult Learners' Week awards Friday, January 28, 2011 - 17:08

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With the nominations closed for the Adult Learners' Week 2011 awards in England, now is the time to start thinking about holding events and taster sessions during Adult Learners' Week (14-20 May) itself. These can be added to a free online event diary, referred to by the Next Step learning and careers helpline.

Find out more about the Inspire! awards in Wales, here.

Adult Learners' Week Awards recognise extraordinary individuals who have had inspirational learning journeys that have helped them transform their lives, often beyond what they ever thought was possible. The Awards are also given to learning projects that give adults the opportunity to learn and improve their lives. The impact of winning an award is demonstrated by some of the 2010 winners:

Carol Hilton, aged 46, from Lincolnshire, said, "Winning an award was brilliant, I've never won anything before and it's given me confidence in myself. I'm now surviving in a very busy A & E department as a qualified nurse, which is a dream come true."

Every year the nominations we receive include some of the most remarkable and inspirational stories you're ever likely to hear...about adults who take it upon themselves to transform their lives through learning.

Richard Crabb, from the Adult Learners' Week team at NIACE

Herbert Goredema, aged 34, from Hampshire, said, "Winning an award has made me want to keep achieving more and more and it has made it easier for me in my application for postgraduate study. My experience has also motivated my work colleagues into further education."

Sayra Wigglesworth, aged 32, from Leeds, said, "Besides having my daughter, winning this award was one of the greatest feelings I have ever had, truly amazing! I now feel really proud of myself and have shown others that you can change your own life and make a difference to others."

Stephen Shepherd, aged 58, from Nottingham, said, "My achievement has proved that being visually impaired didn't stop me from being able to win an award. Since winning I have taken on the role of Secretary for the Nottingham branch of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association."

Gill Pinnock, aged 40, from Leicester, said, "Winning this award made my family feel proud and my team at work realise that if you work hard you can get results. At work I am now recognised as someone who pushes myself and wants to succeed. I'm a strong believer that learning can change your life for the better."

Bob Wells, aged 49, from Carshalton, said, "I felt extremely honoured and proud to win this award, after being called thick and stupid. Since winning I have also been accepted onto a plumbing course."

Besides having my daughter, winning this award was one of the greatest feelings I have ever had...I have shown others that you can change your own life and make a difference to others.

Sayra Wigglesworth

Christine Weetman, aged 40, from Ely, said, "This award helped me get my new job as a Project Manager for a web design company. I have no qualifications in computers, but my new boss believes in me and so do I."

Marshall Tolley, aged 59, from Essex, said, "Winning an award was like a sunburst in a sky of cloud. It has given me the chance to further my career and to do something I am now passionate about and that I can promote to others."

Yetunde Adeola, aged 39, from Gravesend, said, "Winning gave me more encouragement and the courage to take up a bigger challenge. I now have a project that provides community training, group counselling and job clubs."

Kris Brown, aged 31, from Northumberland, said, "Winning an award changed the way I look at things. I now look at things as a winner and it makes me happy that all my family and friends are proud of what I've achieved."

Richard Crabb, from the Adult Learners' Week team at NIACE, said:

"Every year the nominations we receive include some of the most remarkable and inspirational stories you're ever likely to hear. They are about adults who take it upon themselves to transform their lives through learning, achieving qualifications they never thought they'd get, discovering more about the world or a subject they've since become devoted to or getting their lives back on track. Learning has been the key to their brighter future."

Winning an award was like a sunburst in a sky of cloud. It has given me the chance to further my career and to do something I am now passionate about and that I can promote to others.

Marshall Tolley

"The Adult Learners' Week awards celebrate their remarkable achievements, giving them the recognition they deserve. And, in turn, the winners become powerful and inspirational role models, encouraging thousands of others to take up learning."

NIACE is also looking for winners of the previous Adult Learners' Week Awards, to form part of the 20th Adult Learners' Week 2011 celebrations.

For more information about nominations submitted for the Adult Learners' Week Awards 2011 or about the 20th Adult Learners' Week celebrations, visit www.alw.org.uk, email alw@niace.org.uk, or phone the NIACE Adult Learners' Week Team on 0116 204 4200.

For its 20th anniversary, Adult Learners' Week will also be awarding the following special awards:

  • the European Social Fund (ESF) Awards - to celebrate learning of individuals and projects supported by the ESF;
  • the Digital Participation Award - sponsored by the BBC to recognise learning where the use of new technology has been central;
  • the Apprentice of the Year Award - sponsored by Pearson to award learning of an individual through an apprenticeship programme;
  • the Baroness Eaton Young Adult Learner of the Year Award - to recognise learning of an individual who has broken through the barrier of previously not learning, training, earning or working;
  • the Inspiring Family Learning Project Award - sponsored by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) to recognise an innovative project that has opened up opportunities for families to learn together, in partnership with a specialist school, academy or college; and
  • the Community Learning Champions Award - sponsored by the Community Learning Champions Support Programme to recognise the impact that the Community Learning Champions working together and in partnership can have on the lives of others and on their community.

 

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