Learner Awards 5th March 2019

Nomination Forms are now CLOSED for the OCN NI Learner Awards 2019!

Open College Network NI, an educational charity and an Awarding Body that advances education by developing nationally recognised qualifications for adults and young people throughout NI, is to stage its first Learner Awards ceremony at the Stormont Hotel on 5th March 2019. 


The awards will be a signature event in the Belfast Festival of Learning, however, will be open to all OCN NI learners and providers throughout Northern Ireland. The Recognising Learning Endeavour Awards 2019 will cover a range of categories including schools, further education and voluntary sector learner of the year, an inspiring tutor/teacher award, health & wellbeing learner award and an educational provider award.  All applications are welcome but special consideration will be given to candidates who have overcome significant social, economic or educational barriers that were preventing them from realising their full potential.

Martin Flynn, CEO of Open College Network NI (OCNI) said: “At OCN NI, we are continually inspired by the hard work, perseverance and accomplishments of our learners and approved centres. The Awards will recognise the achievements of learners who seek to achieve their goals in life and work and their tutors/teachers and educational providers who help enable them to succeed.”


Martin Flynn added: “Hosting the Awards is an important milestone in the ongoing development of OCN NI and I am especially proud of the fact that we have chosen the hashtag #nooneleftbehind for the event which underscores our commitment to ensuring that as many people as possible, irrespective of their background get an opportunity to advance their knowledge and skills in their chosen field of endeavour.”
Chief Executive of Action Mental Health, David Babington added: “AMH have been a longstanding provider of OCN qualifications, which have acted as a catalyst for participants to engage in other service programmes with the ultimate goal of improving their well-being and quality of life. We’re delighted with these inaugural awards and look forward to celebrating the achievements of our learners.  Supporting this event helps us contribute to realising our vision - a society which actively values and supports people on their journey to positive mental health.”