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STAR Awards honour inspirational photography teachers, trainers and tutors - Nominations are currently being taken for outstanding individuals and support teams in the learning and skills sector.
Millions of individuals currently involved in learning and skills in England can today publicly recognise those who inspire and encourage them to succeed, as nominations for the 2006 STAR Awards open.
Do you know a photography teacher, trainer or tutor who deserves to be recognised for the inspirational work they do? Last year, Tamara, from East Norfolk Sixth Form College won a placement at the Times Educational Supplement after entering the STAR Awards photography competition, impressing the judges with her original and technically brilliant photographs. The placement gave Tamara her first 'hands on' experience of professional photography, and has shown her how the creative process transmits from a photographers brief to the final shot.
The STAR Awards celebrates the work of the truly outstanding individuals and support teams in the learning and skills sector. These hidden STARs, in their many varied roles, have a transformational effect on learners and colleagues alike, aiding social mobility and having a profound impact on the wider economy.
The sector is at the forefront of raising standards in education, narrowing the skills gap and developing our countrys workforce. There are hundreds of individuals working in the learning and skills sector from workplace trainers, college managers and prison tutors, to administrators, learning and support workers and cleaners who are doing sterling work. They can now be applauded for their contribution to society and the economy via a STAR Awards nomination.
Bill Rammell, Minister for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education says: The contribution that frontline staff in the learning and skills sector make to our society and the economy is so great, that it is essential we acknowledge this and publicly thank inspirational individuals for their hard work and dedication.
Recognition is important too as it enables others to share good practice, thereby improving the quality and delivery of education, motivating learners and helping the workforce to compete internationally.
Anyone can nominate a STAR. To be eligible nominees must work in the learning and skills sector, in an organisation, or an institution, which is at least funded partly by the LSC. Nominations for the STAR Awards can come from learners, managers, tutors and trainers and from workplaces all over the country including FE colleges, work-based providers, prisons, adult and community learning centres and UK online centres.
There are seventeen prize categories in 2006, including a new Learners Choice Award and an award for Outstanding Work with an Employer. Winners will be chosen by an independent judging panel, and will receive a 2,000 cash prize, trophy and certificate. The winning team will receive a 5,000 cash prize, trophy and certificate. Nominations can be made online at www.dfes.gov.uk/starawards or by calling the STAR Awards Helpline on 0800 652 0528 and requesting a nomination form.
Nominations close at midnight on 21 April 2006.