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NIACE Looks to Award Organisations that Open Doors to Adult Learners

The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) are looking for nominations for the Adult Learners” Week Awards 2006.

The “Opening Doors to Adult LearnersAwards” are part of the biggest celebration of learning in the UK, and aim to celebrate the originality, creativity and excellence of organisations that provide encouragement for adults to learn.

The Awards are open to organisations across the UK that meet the challenge of delivering learning opportunities that have a positive impact and provide clear routes of progression for learners. Each winning organisation will receive a certificate and £1,500.

Spark of Enthusiasm

Rachel Thomson, the Senior Campaigns Officer at NIACE, said that the awards would reward organisations that “ignite a spark of enthusiasm” in their learners, transform lives, and benefit whole communities.

“For many adults, – particularly for those whose memories of school make them think learning isn”t for them – returning to learning can be daunting,” she said. “But up and down the country, a whole range of organisations are providing more and different opportunities for adults to learn ““ whoever and wherever they are.”

Hard Work

One of this year’s winners was the Sheffield Gypsy and Traveller Driving Theory Project, co-ordinated by Catherine Fisher. “Winning the award meant a great deal to the students on the project,” she explained, “as it was a recognition of their hard work and allowed positive press coverage around gypsies and travellers which is always well needed.”

For a 2006 nomination form call NIACE’s Campaigns and Promotions team on 0116 204 4200, or alternatively click here.

Joe Paget

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