Nomination Forms are now open for the OCN NI Learner Awards 2020!

At OCN NI, we are continually inspired by the hard work, perseverance and accomplishments of our learners and approved centres. That's why this year we will be hosting our second OCN NI Learning Endeavour Awards.

These awards will recognise the achievements of learners who seek to achieve their goals in life and work, their tutors/teachers and educational providers who help enable them to succeed.

This event is being is being held as a signature event of the Belfast Festival of Leaning week, but is open to all OCN NI learners and providers across N. Ireland.

Nomination forms are now open and will close at 12 noon on Friday 29th November.

Third Sector Learner of the Year
The award winner will be someone from the Third Sector (Voluntary & Community) that has greatly benefited from an OCN NI qualification / course and shown great motivation, determination and/or enthusiasm for their course. This could include, but is not limited to: confidence, working with others, overcoming significant barriers to learning, career advancement/ progression, and contribution to society.
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Further Education Learner of the Year
These awards are not about academic success alone but is an opportunity to showcase how learning enables people to change their lives and how learning has become the vehicle to improvement in life, work and community. OCN NI welcomes nominations for learners who have overcome significant barriers to education which have prevented them from realising their full potential (for example: economic or family circumstances) but have now engaged in further education and recognise the associated wider benefits.
 
This category is also applicable for those learners in Further Education that have undertaken the Department for the Economy employment and skills programmes (for example, Training for Success, Apprenticeships, Essential Skills, Bridge to employment etc).
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Schools Learner of the Year
The award winner will be someone that has greatly benefited from an OCN NI qualification / course and shown great motivation, determination and/or enthusiasm for their course. This could include, but is not limited to: confidence, working with others, overcoming significant barriers to learning, career advancement/ progression, and contribution to society. 
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Health & Well-being Learner of the Year
The award winner will be someone who can demonstrate that their mental/physical/emotional health and well-being has been transformed through learning. This could include, but is not limited to: How the candidate has overcome any significant barriers to learning. For example: physical illness / disability, a learning difficulty or autism, living with mental ill health, suicide and self-harm or substance use.
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Inspiring Tutor/Teacher of the Year
The award winner will be a Tutor/Teacher that has inspired and motivated Learners through their teaching on an OCN qualification / course.You may want to tell us about a Tutor / Teacher who always believes in their students, who inspires their students to realise their full potential and brings about positive change in people's lives. 
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Provider of the Year
This award is not about academic success alone, but is an opportunity to showcase how learning enables people to change their lives and how learning has become the vehicle to improvement in life, work and community. The main criterion will be evidence of bold, imaginative and innovative work that has advanced your centres' reputation and performance over the last year.

You may want to describe how your engagement with Learners has impacted positively in and/or beyond your centre and/or how your centre has made a significant and distinctive contribution to your local community and/ or wider economy. 
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Learning in Employment Award
This new award category will celebrate the achievements of learners who have completed an OCN NI qualification which has enabled them to contribute more effectively in the workplace, secure employment or promotion at work, embark on a new career or even start their own business.
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 Best of luck to all our Centres and Learners.

If you have any queries, please contact awards@ocnni.org.uk

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OCN NI Recognising Learner Endeavour Awards 2019 Highlights