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Home > News > July 2005 > 27-Jul-2005

STARs shoot onto short list for national award

An independent judging panel has whittled the nominations for this year’s STAR Awards down to a short list of just over 150 nominees across sixteen prize categories.

Over 1,500 nominations were received for the national awards scheme that aims to champion the unsung heroes of the learning and skills sector.

The short-listed nominees and guests are invited to attend the STAR Awards ceremony in London on 11th October 2005, where the sixteen prize winners will be announced.

Each category offers the chance for winners to take home a £2,000 cash prize, trophy and certificate, and there’s £5,000 cash prize, trophy and certificate up for grabs for the winning team.

The sixteen STAR Award categories are:

  • Work-Based Learning Trainer of the Year sponsored by ALP
  • E-Learning Tutor of the Year sponsored by Microsoft
  • Further Education Tutor of the Year sponsored by LLUK
  • Basic/Key Skills Tutor of the Year sponsored by Protocol Training
  • Adult and Community Learning Tutor of the Year sponsored by NIACE
  • Offender Tutor of the Year sponsored by AoC
  • Learning and Skills Subject Learning Coach of the Year sponsored by a consortium led by LSDA
  • Award for Outstanding Support other than Learning sponsored by UNISON
  • Award for Outstanding Learning Support sponsored by learndirect
  • SKILL Award for Staff Supporting Learners with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities sponsored by Sight & Sound
  • Award for Outstanding Contribution from a Volunteer sponsored by LSC
  • Award for an Outstanding Team sponsored by LSC
  • Award for Outstanding Management of Learning sponsored by Centre for Excellence in Leadership
  • Award for Outstanding Leadership sponsored by Centre for Excellence in Leadership
  • Outstanding Achievement - Lifetime Achievement sponsored by Institute for Learning
  • Outstanding Achievement - Innovative Practice and Inspiration sponsored by LSDA

Success for All, published jointly by the DfES and LSC in November 2002, announced the intention to develop an awards scheme for individuals in the learning and skills sector. The DfES has worked with partners to develop the STAR Awards with the aim of recognising and celebrating excellence in different parts of the sector

Bill Rammell, Minister for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education said: "The STAR Awards recognise some of the truly outstanding work that goes on every day in the learning and skills sector. They show the commitment of tutors, trainers, managers and support staff and the transforming effect this has on learners and colleagues alike.

"People who have been short-listed for the awards typify the values and aspirations of the Government’s Success for All strategy, aiming to improve standards, provide the skills needed to develop our workforce and drive our economic success nationwide.

"To have been selected out of so many nominations is a big achievement. It is important we recognise the dedication of people who may otherwise be unsung heroes. Their success can be an inspiration to all and their achievements used as a model of good practice."

Nominations for the STAR Awards, now in its second year, came from learners, managers, tutors and trainers from work places all over the country including FE colleges, work-based providers, prisons, adult and community learning centres and UK online centres.

According to the judges, short-listed individuals were selected for truly exceeding expectations and making a difference to the lives of learners and colleagues.

Zandra Rhodes, fashion designer and ambassador of the STAR Awards congratulated the short-listed nominees: "I want to extend my congratulations to those who have been short-listed for a STAR Award. The difference that these individuals make to the lives of so many learners is phenomenal. Those that have been short-listed for a STAR Award should feel proud of their achievements. They have helped so many learners, like myself, on the path to achieving their goals.

"As a former student of the learning and skills sector, I know that it was the support and encouragement of my tutors at Medway College that was so important to my early development, and gave me the motivation to pursue my dreams."

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