The Inspire! Adult Learning Awards 2018

The Inspire! Adult Learning Awards is an annual event co-ordinated by Learning and Work Institute Wales in partnership with the Welsh Government and other supporters, including The Open University in Wales, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Agored Cymru, and the National Centre for Learning Welsh.

The ceremony was held on Wednesday 6th June at The Exchange Hotel in Cardiff and once again hosted by BBC presenter Sian Lloyd. To launch the start of Adult Learners’ Week in Wales, the awards celebrated the achievements of individuals, community projects and organisations; our eleven inspirational winners, all with diverse backgrounds and stories received an Inspire! Award,

Learning and Work were pleased to welcome Eluned Morgan, Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning to introduce the awards for the first time, meet the award winners and present the Inspire! Adult Learner of the Year trophy to John Spence, also the winner of Life Change and Progression category.

She said “The Inspire! Award winners and their hugely inspirational stories show just how transformational learning can be – whatever our age or circumstances.”

“Many of the winners have faced incredible challenges on the way. It hasn’t been easy and each one should be immensely proud of their achievements.”

“I’d urge anyone encouraged by their stories to find out about the help that’s available for those who want to enhance their lives through adult learning.”

The awards were also attended by Assembly Members, Simon Thomas, John Griffiths, and Anne Jones.

At the awards ceremony, Marcella Collins, Managing Director at Hotcourses Group, also gave a warm presentation on the partnership between Learning and Work and Hotcourses.

Hotcourses work with educators across the world to provide unique online tools and courses for students, including adult learners. Hotcourses are promoting Adult Learners’ Week events calendar for the first time in Wales this year. Marcella gave a warm presentation on the partnership between Learning and Work and Hotcourses.