Nominations open for 2017 Adult Learners Awards

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Published: Monday, 21st November 2016

Nominations have opened for the annual Adult Learning Awards, held to promote the learning achievements of adults in the Borders.

Now in their 18th year, the awards are a chance to celebrate the hard work and of adults who have enhanced their knowledge, quality of life and job prospects.

Nominations invited for seven categories

Nominations are sought from individuals and/or groups of post-school learners who are resident in the Borders for seven categories:

  • Young learner (16-25yrs)
  • Learner in the work place
  • Mature learner (50+ yrs)
  • Learning in a group
  • Learning in the community
  • Accredited learning
  • Learning through volunteering

Applications can be made by tutors, trainers, colleagues, family members or friends. The deadline for nominations is 12noon on 20 January 2017.


Councillor Vicky Davidson, Executive Member for Culture, Sport, Youth and Communities

“Every year we are privileged to hear the inspirational stories of individuals and groups who have overcome significant barriers and looked to learning to improve their life chances. In doing so, many of them have become active contributors to society through supporting others and volunteering and they are to be commended for their commitment and dedication, both to themselves and their wider communities.

“I have no doubt that the nominations we receive for next year’s awards will be equally inspiring and I look forward to hearing about the journeys that people have made, not only in terms of their learning achievements but also the personal development that they will have undertaken as part of that journey. If you know of someone who would be a worthy nominee, don’t hesitate. Make sure you get an application in before the deadline so that they can receive the recognition they deserve.” 

Gordon Brown, Executive Officer at Volunteer Centre Borders

“These awards are not only a celebration of the learning that has been carried out by adults across the Borders, but also a reminder of the great work being done by the countless volunteers who regularly give their time to teach reading, writing and numeracy skills. We know these volunteers find their roles extremely rewarding and I would urge anyone thinking about volunteering to consider this vital work.”

Who organises the awards?

The awards are organised by:

  • Borders College
  • Scottish Borders Council
  • Scottish Borders Housing Association
  • Skills Development Scotland
  • Volunteer Centre Borders

When does the award ceremony take place?

The ceremony will take place on Thursday 23 March at Earlston High School. It also provides an opportunity for nominees to share their stories so that others may be inspired to raise their aspirations and improve their life chances through learning.