NOMINATIONS are now open for a new set of awards that celebrate individuals who have turned their lives around thanks to adult learning, skills and training courses funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).
The first ever West Midlands Adult Learning Awards will recognise adult learning and training providers, tutors and employers who have gone above and beyond to make a positive difference in adult learning.
This could involve creating an engaging method of teaching, producing an exciting atmosphere to learn in or helping people overcoming barriers so they can go on to succeed.
Residents across the region have until Friday 24 February 2023 to nominate individual learners, tutors, organisations or employers they feel deserve recognition.
Shortlisted nominees will then be invited to an official awards ceremony later this year.
The Adult Learning Awards are being developed by Learning and Work Institute and WMCA will see nominees in the running for 10 awards across four separate categories: Individual, Employer, Provider and Tutor.
Andy Street, mayor of the West Midlands and WMCA chair, said: “Our first ever Adult Learning Awards will be a chance to shine a light on inspiring success stories where local people have engaged in adult learning – enhancing their employment prospects and wider lives – at the same time as recognising those right across our region who are going above and beyond to support our learners.”
Since devolution of the Adult Education Budget in 2019, the WMCA has secured more than £650m of public funding to boost jobs and skills in the West Midlands, as well as attracting private sector investment.
They have also supported more than 65,000 people across the region through training and education courses in the past year, helping them develop the skills needed for work and wider life.
Visit https://www.wmca.org.uk/what-we-do/productivity-and-skills/adult-learning-awards/ for more information.