Closing Date: 1st April 2019
Criteria and guidance notes Please note, to qualify to be nominated for one of the awards the individuals must have attended a course since May 2018 and must have attended a course in County Durham. Before you make a nomination, please ensure the nominees are aware that they are being nominated.
The Categories are as follows:
Learning in the Digital Age Award – will recognise learning where the use of technology has been a key aspect to the course. This could include courses where ICT is a central component but also learning has been supported with technology e.g. using Facebook, skype or texting etc. to enhance or extend learning. These are just examples and nominators are encouraged to take a broad interpretation of the use of technology as we are keen to hear about new or innovative ideas for the use of technology in learning.
Inspirational Learner of the Year Award – will recognise the achievement of a learner who has broken through barriers to either continue or start learning, working or training.
Unsung Hero Award – Do you know someone who deserves a Great Big Thank You? Perhaps they are the person you always turn to for advice in your community, someone who supports you and always goes the extra mile to help? Perhaps they have helped your area to improve and flourish against all the odds? This award recognises those unsung heroes that have contributed to supporting learning.
Outstanding Apprentice Award – will recognise an apprentice who has made an outstanding achievement or progress while learning through their employer or to celebrate a small or medium sized employer who has used learning to develop and utilise the skills of their workforce to improve productivity, raise morale, increase staff retention and enhance their business performance.
Learning Project of the Year Award – will recognise an outstanding learning project in County Durham.
Volunteer of the Year Award – will celebrate a volunteer who helps within a learning environment or the Community.
Outstanding Family Learners Award – will celebrate the impact of learning on a family or the achievements of a family who have learned together.
Cultural Learning Award – will celebrate a learner or group of learners who have made an outstanding achievement or progress through learning in a community or cultural environment.
Inspirational Tutor Award – This award recognises inspirational tutors or trainers who have supported learners, in a range of contexts, to go on to lead successful and rewarding lives.
The Festival of Learning Award – will recognise the time and contribution to learning of the nominee in County Durham. This Award is conferred by the Panel but the Panel is open to suggestions rather than formal nominations.
How to complete the Nomination Form:
Here is a step by step guide:
Name of Award: Please indicate the name of the award you would like to nominate the learner(s) for by marking the relevant box. Please note, learners who are nominated for more than one award should complete a separate form for each nomination.
Nominators Details: Please give FULL details of the person nominating. If the nominee is shortlisted for an award the nominator will be invited to the award evening and may be asked for quotes for publicity prior to and following the event.
Nominee Details: Please give FULL details of the learner/tutor/group being nominated. If shortlisted for an award they will be contacted prior to the event, invited to attend the award ceremony and may be asked for quotes for publicity both prior to and following the event.
Courses being undertaken by the learner: please indicate which course(s) the learner has taken part in and confirm any qualification gained. If you are nominating a Tutor or Volunteer, please indicate which learning activity they are involved in.
Learning Provider: Please indicate who is the learning or training provider.
Nomination Details: To be completed by the Nominator. Please give examples and details of why you are nominating this person; have they had an inspirational journey, made a difference to improving theirs or others’ lives or achieved beyond their expectations. For guidance around 300-500 words should be used to explain the reason for this nomination in as much detail as possible. A separate page should be used for handwritten forms. The Panel only has the information provided to make a judgment, so this is the opportunity to express why the nominee should win.
Nominator: Please ensure the form is signed and dated by yourself. Completed forms MUST be returned to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Completed forms must be returned by no later than 5pm on Monday 1st April 2019.
A panel of judges will meet to decide the winner/winners for each category. All winners and their guests will receive an invitation to the Awards evening at Ramside Hall on Thursday 4th July 2019 at 6.00pm.
Nominators and winners will be contacted in June 2019 and will be informed they are being invited.
All nominees who are not invited to the Award Ceremony will be contacted by letter and sent a formal certificate.