Entry for 2013 Essential Skills Awards launched

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Friday, January 4th, 2013
Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry, has announced the launch of the 2013 Essential Skills Awards, along with the help of the BBC’s Sarah Travers. The Awards are designed to recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements in literacy, numeracy and ICT learning. The competition, which is now in its sixth year, is open to adults studying Essential Skills from across Northern Ireland. Commenting on the launch, Dr Farry said: “The Essential Skills Awards are a truly inspirational event, which highlight the remarkable stories of the learners, many of whom left school with few or no qualifications and have taken advantage of a second chance at learning to realise their full potential. “Last year we had a very high number of entries to the competition and I hope we can do even better this year.” The competition has 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. The winners will be presented with their awards in March at a lunchtime event at Hillsborough Castle, compered by Sarah Travers. The Minister added, “To date, over 91,000 people have achieved almost 169,000 Essential Skills qualifications. This strategy has delivered outstanding results since it was launched 10 years ago with over 300,000 enrollments on Essential Skills courses. “Those adults who have taken part now have the skills to do their job better and have a real chance to progress and improve their lives and career choices.” Last year’s winner, Peter Williamson said: “Without the qualifications I would not have been promoted with my current employer. My skills, confidence and increased knowledge have allowed me to assist other people both at home and in the workplace.” Application forms are available from the Department’s website at http://www.delni.gov.uk/essentialskillsawards2013. The closing date for entries is noon on Tuesday, 29th January 2013.
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