Search is on for leading lights of learning
30 March 2010
The search is on to recognise outstanding local individuals and organisations across RENEW communities in a new high profile awards event.
The LearnMore Awards will showcase the stories of people who have shown great commitment to learning – proving an inspiration to their communities as well as in the workplace.
Spearheaded by Stoke-on-Trent City Council and North Staffordshire Regeneration Partnership’s Employment and Skills team, the awards event will be the local highlight of this year’s national Adult Learners Week in May.
A gala awards evening is being held at The King’s Hall, Stoke, on May 18th when the spotlight will shine on the winners and feature live entertainment from some of the area’s most talented music and dance organisations.
And now the Employment and Skills team is appealing for businesses, education and community groups, as well as individuals, to nominate those people who they believe deserve recognition for their outstanding achievements and inspirational commitment to learning.
The award categories are:
Learner of the Year: Awarded to the person who has demonstrated achievement in learning and used it to improve their life
Most Inspirational Educator: Awarded to the college, learning institution, tutor or individual who has made the biggest impact on adult learning
Employer of the Year/Commitment to Skills: Demonstrating commitment to learning through up-skilling staff, etc
Most Active in the Community: Awarded to the organisation which has impacted on a local community through providing access to training and employment
Young Learner of the Year: Awarded to the most impressive young learner between the ages of 16 and 25
Award for use of Technology in Learning: Awarded to the organisation which has embraced new technology
Apprentice of the Year: Awarded to the best performer from any organisation
Wedgwood Memorial College Award for Lifelong Learning: Awarded to an older learner who has shown lifelong commitment to learning
Community Champion: Awarded to the person/organisation who, through their work/achievements embody the phrase “unleashing potential”.
Each winner will receive a specially commissioned award, which has been designed by students on Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s e2e learning programme.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Culture, Councillor Hazel Lyth said: “We hear so many stories of outstanding achievements across the region and these people and organisations deserve recognition for the example they set to others.
“These awards give us the opportunity to shout about people who often don’t realise what an inspiration they are – people with real heart and commitment to learning.
“Our community has so much to offer and the LearnMore Awards will be a true celebration of the spirit and work ethic that make North Staffordshire a special place to live and work.”
Nomination forms are available online at the Employment and Skills section of www.stoke.gov.uk, at all local Libraries, Stoke-on-Trent City Council neighbourhood centres or by calling the event organisers on 01782 284616.
The closing date for applications is Friday 16th April 2010.