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Winners celebrate National Leaning Achievers Awards

A total of ten national winners and 18 Highly Commended nominees were recognised in ten different categories, including learndirect Centre of the Year Award and Outstanding Learner Award.

Carol Foley, a single mother with three children who won the Progression Award, which recognises learners who have undertaken learndirect learning in order to return to work, has encouraged others to follow in her success.

Ms Foley said: "learndirect has helped me get a lot more confidence and a job that I really love. It’s amazing to think that I walked through the door a learner and now I’m a tutor for people just like me! I would encourage everyone to take the first step. I know it’s the hardest but after that it’s amazing."

Clara Kenyon, from OCR, who sponsored the category and presented Carol with her trophy said: "OCR is delighted to sponsor the national Progression Award. The calibre of national finalists has been very high again this year and Carol fully deserves to be rewarded for her successful career and personal progression as a result of learning with learndirect."

Neurosystems, a small Cumbria-based training provider, was Highly Commended in the Becta-sponsored learndirect Learning Centre Award category, which recognises learndirect learning centres that have shown outstanding performance in order to provide excellent customer care and tutor support for their learners.

Rob Trodden, Managing Director at Neurosystems said: "learndirect has given us as a company a standard to aim for. And for our clients it offers nationally recognised qualifications and training at a time and pace to suit them. We’re thrilled to be recognised for this commendation."

Becta’s chief executive, Stephen Crowne, said: "Becta is delighted to sponsor the national learndirect Centre of the Year Award. We recognise the importance of the role that centres play in helping learners to benefit from Next Generation Learning and develop the skills needed for work and for life.

"The calibre of national finalists has been very high again this year and Neurosystems fully deserve to be rewarded for their success in providing outstanding customer care and tutor support to their learners."

Eamonn Holmes, who co-hosted the event with his wife Ruth Langsford at the The Science Museum in London, said: "We are both delighted to support the learndirect Achievement Awards. We have worked with learndirect in the past to highlight the benefits of learning and so have seen the positive impact that learning can have on adults around the country.

"It is wonderful to join learndirect in celebrating those individuals and businesses who are using e-learning to train and improve their skills."



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