2021 Award Nominations

Our awards celebrate the many benefits learning can have for everyone, and recognise individuals, tutors, employers and learning provision who have used learning to change their lives and the lives of others.

Guidance and information for nominators and nominees

To help you understand the nominations process, we have produced guidance notes for nominators, information for nominees (an Easy Read version for individual learner nominees will be coming soon) and advice on how to write a good nomination.

The nominator guidance notes include eligibility criteria, timescales and a copy of the nomination questions. This means you can draft your answers and prepare your nomination before accessing the form online.

We strongly recommend you download and read these important documents (below) before starting the online nomination form.

Individual Learners

We're looking for individuals who, through learning, have transformed their own lives and the lives of their families, friends and the wider community.

Nominator Guidance (Individuals)

Nominee Information (Individuals)

How to write a good nomination (Individuals)


We're looking for employers that have used learning to develop the skills of their workforce to improve productivity, raise morale and increase staff retention.

Nominator Guidance (Employers)

Nominee Information (Employers)

How to write good nomination (Employers)


We're looking for tutors who have made a valuable contribution to adult learning, and whose dedication and passion to learning has helped their learners change their lives.

Nominator Guidance (Tutors)

Nominee Information (Tutors)

How to write a good nomination (Tutors)

Learning Provision

We're looking for innovative learning provision that have had a positive impact on communities and that could be replicated or adapted by other learning providers.

Nominator Guidance (Learning Provision)

Nominee Information (Learning Provision)

How to write a good nomination (Learning Provision)

Be inspired

Find out more about our recent award winners in this short film montage. Be inspired by their incredible stories and nominate someone like them this year.

Reasons to nominate

In this short film, some our past nominators tell us why they think you should nominate someone for a Festival of Learning award.