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Learners and providers recognised for their work.

learndirect launches its annual Achievement Awards to illustrate the difference skills can make and to recognise people’s learning.

Ex-England cricketer and Strictly Come Dancing star, Mark Ramprakash, has pledged his support to the learndirect Achievement Awards: “I have always enjoyed learning new skills, both for cricket and in my spare time. Winning Strictly Come Dancing was a real highlight for me and gave me a massive confidence boost as I worked really hard on learning new skills and techniques for the show.

“I am proud to support the learndirect Achievement Awards because I know how important it is to boost your skills and potential. The Awards recognise people, businesses and learning centres who rise to the challenge of developing new skills. By working to improve themselves they are contributing to the success of local communities and the country too.

“I”d encourage everyone to make a nomination for the Awards, by logging on to “

Welcoming the launch of the learndirect Achievement Awards, Skills Minister David Lammy commented: “I believe skills are fundamental to achieving our ambitions for ourselves, our families and our communities. Learndirect provides access to world-class learning, helping businesses thrive and enabling people to realise their potential.

“The annual learndirect Achievement Awards celebrate learning and recognise the achievements of people, businesses, and the centres supporting them. I would encourage people to make a nomination, to ensure learners and providers in their area are rewarded for their hard work and dedication.”

The learndirect Achievement Awards will celebrate the success of the learndirect network across England and Wales and acknowledge the achievements of individual learners, employers and businesses. The Awards recognise people from all walks of life, from learners who have overcome difficulties such as dyslexia, to return-learners and businesses working with learndirect to train their workforce.

To nominate a learner, business or learndirect centre for an Achieveent Award, visit the website at Entries close on 28 March 2008.

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