Nomination Forms are now open for the OCN NI Learner Awards 2021!


Open College Network NI are delighted to launch our Learning Endeavour Awards 2021.

The Learning Endeavour Awards 2021 will cover a range of categories including schools, further education and third sector learner of the year, an inspiring tutor/teacher award, health & wellbeing learner award and an educational provider award.  

Martin Flynn, CEO of Open College Network NI (OCNI) said: “We are delighted to announce details of our third annual Learner Awards ceremony.  It goes without saying the pandemic continues to disrupt every aspect of our lives and I know how unsettling a time this has been for learners, their families and local providers who deliver vocational qualifications. Therefore, I would encourage all our recognised centres to apply for an OCN NI Award this year. It is a perfect opportunity to promote your organisation, but most importantly,  to celebrate the achievements of your learners and end the academic year on a really appositive note.

This year, we have added the additional category of ‘Advancing Learning through Innovation’.  This new award category will recognise the innovative ways in which training providers have used technology to make learning accessible and increase student engagement, whether that be through remote or blended learning models.".

The OCNI NI Learning Endeavour 2021 Award Categories are:

o   Third Sector Learner of the Year

o   Further Education Learner of the Year

o   Schools Learner of the Year

o   Health and Wellbeing Learner of the Year

o   Inspiring Tutor/Teacher of the Year

o   Provider of the Year

o   Advancing Learning Through Innovation

For more information on the Awards please visit 

We have a new nominations portal this year which you can access by clicking here. This system will allow you to start, save and return to your application forms at any stage up until the Awards deadline (12noon on Friday 2nd April). Please note you can also manage multiple entries via the platform too.

Closing date for the Award Entries is 12noon on Friday 2nd April 2021.  

Good luck everyone and stay safe.

The OCN NI Team

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