2016 Award Winners

Our 2016 award winners highlight the vast array of people who gain so much from learning as adults. Their stories truly inspire all of us and help us recognise that learning is transformational, exciting, rewarding and possible at any age, for any reason and can be for all of us.

Patron's Award Winner

“I am determined to make a difference. I want to continue learning, widen my skills and knowledge about the huge scale of problems faced by social care. I want to improve people’s lives and help other young carers.”

President's Award Winner

“The programme helped me develop coaching experience and was the start of my career formation. The versatile methods of personal development practices made us see the positive side to coaching and learning.”

Our Funders and Sponsors

Find out what our funders and sponsors ESF, Department for Education, NOCN and WEA had to say about the Festival of Learning and the importance of celebrating adult education.

Tutor Award

This award recognises inspirational tutors or trainers who have supported learners, in a range of contexts, to go on to lead successful and rewarding lives. The 2018 Tutor Award is sponsored by ETF.

Employer Award

Sponsored by NOCN, this award celebrates employers that have used learning to develop and utilise the skills of their workforce to improve productivity, raise morale, increase staff retention and enhance their business performance.

Project Award

This award recognises the innovative projects and provision that have supported adults to learn in a range of settings.

Social Impact Award

This award celebrates the achievements of learners or tutors who have inspired others around them to embrace learning opportunities and achieve their potential. The 2016 Social Impact Award was sponsored by WEA.

Learning for Work Award

Sponsored by NOCN, this award celebrates the achievements of adults who have learnt through an apprenticeship or traineeship, secured employment or a promotion at work, embarked on a new career, or started their own business.

Outstanding Individual Learner Award

This award celebrates remarkable individuals who, through learning, have transformed their own lives and the lives of their families, friends, their communities, and the places they work.

European Social Fund Award

The ESF individual and project awards celebrate stories of learners and projects with truly inspirational and life-transforming learning journeys. As a result of learning, people have achieved remarkable outcomes; their stories have the power to inspire others to learn.

Festival Of Learning 2016 National Award Winners Film

Watch our short film on our 2016 award winners.


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