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Learning Bursaries Introduced for the 2022 Learning Endeavour Awards


The OCN NI Learning Endeavour Awards 2022 are now live and open for nominations until Friday 18th March 2022.
In a new addition to the Learning Endeavour Awards this year, each winner will not only receive the prestigious OCN Crystal Award but will also be presented with a £1,000 learning bursary. Furthermore, OCN NI can confirm that each Highly Commended participant will also receive a £500 learning bursary.
Economy Minister, Gordon Lyons, said: “I would like to commend OCN for introducing learning bursaries for this year’s Awards winners and highly commended entrants, so that people are financially supported on their education journey and able to explore new and exciting career pathways. Over a relatively short period of time, the OCN awards have established a real connection with students and training providers right across Northern Ireland, offering a unique platform to showcase outstanding learner achievement, in all of its forms. Each year the calibre of entries is extremely high, which is a testament to the enthusiasm, dedication and expertise of our education and training providers in NI.”


The 2022 Learning Endeavour Awards categories are as follows: 

  • Further Education Learner of the Year
  • Schools Learner of the Year
  • Third Sector Learner of the Year
  • Advancing Learning Through Innovation Learner of the Year
  • Health & Well-being Learner of the Year
  • Inspiring Tutor/Teacher of the Year
  • Provider of the Year 

Through the online nominations platform you’ll be able to manage multiple entries across each category, save progress and continue at a later date and return to your nominations right up until the entry deadline.
The Awards will be streamed live across our social media channels on Wednesday 27th April from 11.30am. We will then host an in-person winners' event in June to distribute the awards and learning bursaries. The OCN NI Awards are the perfect opportunity to showcase the talent and expertise of your organisation and learners, but don’t just take our word for it, click here to listen directly from some of last year’s winners!

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