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
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
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.