Inspire! Adult Learning Awards

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

Nominations are open for the 2023 Inspire! Adult Learning Awards

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

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

Inspire us by making a nomination – we are looking for 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 Adult Learners’ Week.

NEW Closing date: Monday 17 April 2023

The awards are co-ordinated by Learning and Work Institute in partnership with Welsh Government and other partners, including The Open University in Wales, Agored Cymru, Qualifications Wales, National Centre for Learning Welsh and Adult Learning Wales.

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
  • Wales for Future Generations
  • Hywel Francis Award for Community Impact
  • Workplace Change Makers


  • 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
  • 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/employees involved in the project / organisation to support the nomination.
  • Both nominee and nominator statements must be completed.
  • You can submit your nomination statements through a short video clip of no more than 3 minutes. Read our guidance on how to capture and submit a film before you start.

Promote the awards:

Inspire! Award winners demonstrate the transformational power of adult learning. We want to work with you to promote a culture of lifelong learning across Wales.

Encourage nominations and share information with your networks, colleagues, and friends by circulating our Inspire! Awards promotional flyer.

Download the documents you need to make a nomination:

Alternatively, you may submit your nomination using our online form

Be inspired by our past award winners:

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Get in touch for more information about the Inspire! awards

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