Learners urged to sign up for awards


Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry has called on Portadown learners to participate in the 2015 Essential Skills Awards.

The awards are designed to recognise and celebrate learners’ outstanding achievements in literacy, numeracy and ICT learning through Essential Skills training.

The Minister said, “The Essential Skills Awards are an excellent opportunity to highlight inspirational people who have taken the step to go back to learning and gain an Essential Skills qualification.

“Since the start of the Essential Skills Strategy, almost 125,000 adults in Northern Ireland have achieved nearly 250,000 qualifications. These people have demonstrated their desire to get ahead, overcome barriers, achieve more and obtain recognised qualifications.”

There are six regional award categories, an ICT award and a Trade Union learner award from which an overall Northern Ireland Learner of the Year is chosen. Application forms are available from the department’s website at http://www.delni.gov.uk/essentialskillsawards2015.

Learners must be nominated by their Essential Skills tutor. The closing date is Tuesday, February 17. Visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/knowhow for more info.