WATCH: Open College Network NI launches Learner Awards 2020

Open College Network NI, an educational charity and awarding body that advances education by developing nationally recognised qualifications for adults and young people throughout Northern Ireland, is to stage its second Learner Awards 2020 ceremony at Stormont Hotel (Belfast) on 23rd March 2020.

OCN NI Learning Awards 2020 Launch

The Learning Endeavour Awards 2020 will cover a range of categories including schools, further education and third sector learner of the year, an inspiring tutor/teacher award, health & wellbeing learner award and an educational provider award.  All applications are welcome but special consideration will be given to candidates who have overcome significant social, economic or educational barriers that were preventing them from realising their full potential.

Martin Flynn, CEO of Open College Network NI (OCNI) said: “We are delighted to announce details of our second annual Learner Awards ceremony.  Our inaugural event earlier this year was so successful we had to change to a larger venue to accommodate the number of shortlisted entries.  The event exceeded all expectations in terms of stakeholder engagement across all of our categories and we are confident that given the success of the inaugural event, we can look forward to an even bigger event in 2020. This year, we have added the additional category of Learning in Employment to recognise the excellent work that goes into this very important segment of our providers delivery programme.

The OCNI Learner Awards 2020 Categories are:

  • Third Sector Learner of the Year
  • Further Education Sector Learner of the Year
  • Schools Learner of the Year
  • Health and Wellbeing Learner of the Year
  • Inspiring Tutor/Teacher of the Year
  • Provider of the Year
  • Learning in Employment Award

Martin Flynn added: “For the 2020 ceremony we will continue with the hashtag #nooneleftbehind for social media engagement, as it perfectly illustrates our commitment to ensuring that as many people as possible, irrespective of their educational attainment get an opportunity to advance their knowledge and skills in their chosen field of endeavour.  Our event has also been timed to form an important part of the Belfast Festival of Learning (23 – 27 March 2020) which will see a range of additional high profile events take place across the City.”

For more information on the Awards and access to free nomination forms, visit  Closing date for entries to the Awards is 12 noon on Friday 29th November 2019.  

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