Inspire! Adult Learning Awards

Inspire us!

Nominations have opened for the 2024 Inspire! Adult Learning Awards.

Lifelong learning changes lives. Inspire us and share your story.

The annual Inspire! Adults Learning Awards celebrate the achievements of exceptional individuals, families, community projects and organisations who have shown outstanding passion, commitment, and drive to improve themselves, their community or workplace through learning.

The awards highlight the impact of lifelong learning in Wales and is a chance to demonstrate the value of investing in life changing opportunities.

Inspire us by making a nomination; we seeking nominations on behalf of individuals, community projects, and organisations whose learning achievements will inspire others to return to or take up learning – people who have improved their lives and / or the lives of others and gained a positive and life-changing experience from adult learning.

The awards ceremony will take place as part of the annual Adult Learners’ Week campaign.

Nominations must be submitted by the new closing date: Friday 3rd May 2024

2024 Award Categories:

  • Skills for Work
  • Young Adult Learner
  • Life Change & Progression
  • Ageing Well
  • Starting Out – Welsh beginner
  • Different Past: Shared Futures
  • Essential Skills for Life
  • Hywel Francis Award for Community Impact
  • Workplace Change Makers

In addition to the standard award categories, we are introducing a special Lifetime Achievement Award to recognise individuals who have made a significant and lasting impact on lifelong learning in Wales. If you know someone who deserves this honour, please contact us to nominate them.



  • Entries are free and open to individuals and organisations living and working in Wales
  • Learning can be accredited or non-accredited and take place in any setting, from workplace to classroom, in the home or in the community
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can nominate / be nominated for an Inspire! Award, please refer to the guidance on each category
  • The Inspire! Awards raise the profile of opportunities for lifelong learning. If your nomination is selected as a winner, we will want to share your nominee’s story in press and media activities
  • At Learning and Work we are dedicated to supporting equality and diversity and to improving access to education for all groups. We welcome nominations from all backgrounds and with all different kinds of life experiences and abilities.
  • Entrants for the individual categories must be nominated by another person – this could be a friend, mentor, a colleague, family member, or employer who is well known to the individual nominated
  • Entries for the project / organisation categories should be written by a team or project leader and endorsed by a senior manager / referee who knows the provision well. We also welcome statements from learners or employees involved in the project / organisation to support the nomination.
  • Both nominee and nominator statements must be completed
  • Nominees and nominators must agree and sign the declaration in our nomination form
  • You can submit your nomination statements through a short video clip of no more than 5 minutes.


Download the documents you need to make a nomination:

Online nomination form

Alternatively, you may complete our online nomination form. Please note, you will need to complete your online nomination in one sitting, we recommend that you prepare your nominee and nominator statements using a word document before submitting it online.

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