Call for nominations for the best adult learners


City of York Council is calling for nominations for this year’s York Adult Learner Awards, to celebrate the achievements of lifelong learning in the city.

Anyone can nominate an adult learner aged 18 or over: a relative, colleague or teacher, and this year there are seven categories to choose from so individuals and groups of learners can be recognised.

Learners who are nominated and shortlisted will be invited to a celebration evening on 22 June at Explore York. Besides recognising their achievement, nominees will also find out if they have won the overall title of York Adult Learner of the Year 2017.

Working alongside the council’s York Learning team to help make these awards happen, are York College, York Explore, the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA), Learning City York and York Local Link Ltd.

Nominations this year are only being accepted via this LINK and can be for any of the following categories:

  • ·  Most improved adult learner
  • ·  Biggest achievement – classroom
  • ·  Biggest achievement – practical
  • ·  Significant contribution to adult learning
  • ·  Informal learning group
  • ·  Work-related learning
  • ·  Heritage and culture learning award.

Councillor Nigel Ayre, executive member for culture, leisure and tourism, said: “Lifelong learning enhances people’s quality of life and helps them adapt to new challenges. These awards celebrate that, and the fact that many people fit their learning into packed schedules and strive to overcome difficulties in order to continue learning. Please do nominate the adult learner you know who deserves the welcome recognition these awards bring.”

All nominations must be made via the online form  by the deadline of Sunday 30 April. Anyone finding it difficult to find or submit the form, please email:

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