Adult Learners’ Week nominations

24th February 2014

Adult Learners’ Week received over 1,400 award nominations which are currently being rigorously short-listed, with national and regional selection panels taking place during March and April, and award winners announced in June.


Award winners will be invited to national and regional award ceremonies taking place during the Week itself (16-20 June) and will be presented with a certificate and learning voucher. All nominees will receive a certificate of achievement, regardless of whether they win an award.


Awards will be presented:


  • To Apprentices and individuals who have learnt as part of an ESF-programme, as well as awards for ESF-funded projects.
  • For the three themes of the Week – Workplace, Life Skills and Family and Community.
  • For the Senior and Young Adult Learners of the Year.
  • To employers who have invested in outstanding training and development for staff.

In addition to the national award categories a similar range of awards will be presented in each of the nine regions across England.


Adult Learners’ Week is expanding in 2014 to be the biggest and best it has been in its 22 year history and the week itself will be the culmination of weeks of celebration, illustrating how adult learning has a positive and dynamic impact on people, the economy and society.


David Hughes, NIACE Chief Executive, said:


“Since it began in 1992, NIACE’s Adult Learners’ Week has always been a great opportunity to celebrate the remarkable achievements of adults who have used learning to transform their lives. Through these stories we know that learning not only helps the learner, but their families, the communities they live in and the places they work. Adult Learners’ Week is the best time to showcase how adult learning improves and enhances society and the economy.


“Learning happens everywhere, people are constantly discovering new things about their lives, their careers and the world around them. For Adult Learners’ Week to truly reflect and do justice to the enormous scope and potential of this learning world we rely on hearing your inspirational stories. So, a big thank-you from us to everyone who has taken the time to nominate. We look forward to sharing the stories of the winners in June and hope they inspire more adults and employers to recognise the benefits of adult learning.”