Search is on to find exceptional adult learners in Barry

The Inspire! Awards are back for 2017 and the search is on for exceptional individuals, projects and employers in Barry who have improved themselves, their community or workplace through learning.

The Learning and Work Institute is looking for nominations of people, projects and employers whose learning achievements, often in the face of difficult circumstances, have changed lives in Wales.

Winners will be invited to an award ceremony which will take place in Cardiff in June ahead of Adult Learners’ Week 2017, the largest celebration of adult learning in Europe.

Nominations are free and open to individuals or organisations involved in any form of adult learning, accredited or non-accredited, in the classroom or in the home. The deadline for applications is Friday 3 March 2017.

Awards include Family Learner of the Year, Young Adult Learner of the Year, Small Employer of the Year, Large Employer of the Year and Community Project of the Year.

Cerys Furlong, Director at Learning and Work Institute in Wales, said: “We are looking for people whose passion for learning will inspire others to return to or take up education. It’s always exciting when the new nominations start coming through and we get to discover inspirational stories from the local community. Some great people from across Wales have received recognition for their contributions in the past and we’re sure this year will be no different.”

For more information and to submit a nomination, visit and click on the Inspire! Nominations link on the homepage.

Everything you need to know to apply for an Inspire! Award 2017

Do I have to pay?

No, entries for the Inspire! Awards are free.

Who can I nominate?

Nominees should be individuals and organisations living and working in Wales involved in learning which is accredited or non-accredited and in any setting from workplace to classroom, in the home or in the community. Nominees must be aged 18 or over.

Who can make a nomination?

Entrants for the individual categories must be nominated by another person. This could be a friend, mentor, colleague, family member or employer.

Entries for the employer or project categories should be endorsed by a senior manager.

How do I submit my nomination?

Online: The easiest and quickest way to submit your form is by completing and submitting online at

By email: Please email your completed form to

By post: Please send your form to Inspire! Nominations, Learning and Work Institute, 3rd Floor, 33 – 35 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9HB