Search is on for stars of learning and skills
THE search is back on to find the stars of learning and skills for the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) North East’s Celebration of Learning and Skills (CoLaS) Awards 2009.
It seems like only two minutes since the 2008 event, where so many young people, adults and employers received true recognition for their learning achievements. And now the LSC North East is once again looking for nominations across a host of categories to come forward to be recognised at the 2009 event.
Nominations don’t close until January 13, 2009, so there is plenty of time to nominate those people who deserve recognition and reward for their effort and achievement.
Chris Roberts, regional director, LSC North East, is keen to stress that skills development is even more important now than ever due to the challenging economic times ahead. And recognising achievement is one of the most important ways to raise awareness about the benefits that skills development can bring.
“In a time of recession, it is crucial that employers develop the skills of their workforce to stay competitive during these difficult economic times. Employers are increasingly recognising that investing in skills development brings many benefits, including increased productivity and therefore competitiveness.
“We are looking for the unsung heroes of learning and skills; those individuals and employers who stand out from the crowd and who have gone that extra mile in order to achieve, whether that be overcoming barriers to achieve personal success or achieving business success through developing their staff.”
The CoLaS Awards are now in their fourth year and once again, organisations across the North East have come on board to support the LSC through sponsorship. The sponsor organisations will judge their categories, apart from the Outstanding Achiever Award which will once again be open to public vote.
The sponsors will also present the winners with their awards at the spectacular Oscar style ceremony at the Sage Gateshead on 3 April 2009.
The employer award categories are:
Small Employer of the Year - sponsored by Stockton Riverside College
Medium Employer of the Year - sponsored by Darlington College
Large Employer of the Year - sponsored by Assessment North East
Pioneering Recruitment - sponsored by Premium People Recruitment
Workforce Commitment Award - sponsored by One North East
Outstanding Employer of the Year - sponsored by Meridian Marketing
The individual award categories include:
Young Learner of the Year - sponsored by Tyne Metropolitan College
Adult Learner of the Year - sponsored by Middlesbrough College
Skills for Work Award - sponsored by North East NHS
Apprentice of the Year - sponsored by Sembcorp, NEPIC, and National Skills Academy
Personal Achiever - sponsored by South Tyneside College
Lifetime Achiever - sponsored by Bishop Auckland College, Derwentside College, East Durham College and New College Durham
Outstanding Achiever of the Year - sponsored by learndirect
For more information about the CoLaS Awards 2009 and to submit a nomination visit www.lsc.gov.uk/colas09
Representatives from CoLaS 08 award winner BiB Insurance Ltd (centre and right) who picked up the Pioneering Recruitment Award, with Stella McRae from Barclays, the category sponsor (left).