2014 Essential Skills Awards calls on County Down for entries

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Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
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Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry, has called on all learners in the County Down area and their tutors to participate in the 2014 Essential Skills Awards.

The Awards are designed to recognise and celebrate 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 brave step to go back to learning, many of whom left school with few or no qualifications.

“To date, over 109,000 people have achieved almost 208,000 Essential Skills qualifications. These people have demonstrated their desire to get ahead, overcome barriers, achieve more and obtain recognised qualifications.

“It is this drive and determination that will shape our economy and, with the support of employers, there is a real opportunity to develop and motivate staff, increase skill levels in the workplace and reap the rewards of having a more qualified workforce.”

The competition is open to Essential Skills learners from across Northern Ireland who have commenced or completed their qualification between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2013. Learners must be nominated by their tutor.

Last year’s County Down winner, Aaron Richardson said, “I wanted to do something with my life and I wanted to be able to read and write properly. I want to finish my course at college and get a good job.”

The winners will be presented with their awards at a ceremony hosted by Sarah Travers.

Application forms are available from the Department’s website at www.delni.gov.uk/ essentialskillsawards2014. Learners must be nominated by their Essential Skills tutor. The closing date for entries is Tuesday 11 February 2014.

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