Renewed campaign to boost learning
The Learning and Skills Council Essex is launching its Champions of Learning 2006 Awards in next month, with the aim of encouraging more local people to realise their full potential through continued learning.
THE Learning and Skills Council Essex is launching its Champions of Learning 2006 Awards in next month, with the aim of encouraging more local people to realise their full potential through continued learning.
On January 9, LSC Essex will host a special launch event for colleges and learning providers across the county, and with BBC Essex radio presenter Dave Monk officially announcing the awards on his morning show.
He will continue to promote the campaign, now in its fifth year, at a series of roadshow events across the county throughout January.
“I'm passionate about learning and I know how it can change lives for the better,” he said. “Learning gives you a personal buzz - and that's what we want to get across this year when anyone can nominate a friend, a family member or colleague who has realised their potential, or is working towards it, for these exciting awards.
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“I know there are hundreds of inspirational success stories out there that show how people have triumphed over personal tragedies and gone on to achieve and to change their lives for the better.”
The awards recognise both champion learners and those who have helped others to learn, said Alison Webster, LSC Essex executive director, who is hoping for even more entries this year.
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This year, the campaign is backed by popular former Blue Peter presenter John Noakes, who himself overcame physical and professional challenges to achieve success.
“I'm very pleased to be associated with something that so clearly celebrates learning in such a positive and inspiring way,” said Mr Noakes. “My experience is that you go on learning through life - it is never too late to start something new or realise your potential by learning new skills.”
The eight categories for the awards are: Champion Apprentice, Young Personal Achievement Award, Personal Achievement Award, Adult Learning Champion, Workplace Learning Champion, The Learner's Champion, BBC Essex Lifetime Achievement Award, and Aim Higher Champion.
Each category winner will receive £300 and runners-up £100 to spend on further learning. BBC Essex listeners will have the chance to get involved by nominating their own choice for the BBC Essex Lifetime Achievement Award.