Nominations have opened for the annual Inspire! Adult Learning Awards 2022

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Inspire! Adult Learning Awards 2022

Learning and Work Institute Wales are calling for nominations on behalf of people, community projects and organisations across Wales who demonstrate the transformation that lifelong learning can make, and whose learning achievements demonstrate outstanding passion, commitment and drive to change their stories and inspire others.

The awards will be celebrated as part of Adult Learners’ Week in partnership with Welsh Government and other partners.

Do you know an inspirational learner? You may be driving change in the workplace and developing training opportunities for progression. Are you making an impact within your local communities – widening access to learning and skills? Are you working on environmental projects or an innovator developing learning pathways for green skills? Has your passion for sport led you to return to learn? If you have already got someone in mind, send in your inspiring stories for the awards.

The 2022 categories below reflect a broad range of learning and skills:

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

The closing date for entries is Tuesday 1 March 2022.

A promotional flyer for the Inspire! Awards nominations has been produced for circulation, please encourage your networks to join the Inspire! Awards celebration.

Information about the awards and all the links to the nomination forms and guidance can be found on Learning and Work Institute’s website.

Fatma Al Nahdy standing on stairs holding her books

Fatma Al Nahdy, 2021 Inspire! Award winner for the Different Past Shared Futures category

Fatma Al Nahdy made the journey to the UK from Yemen in 2015. She joined classes to learn to read and write in English, she also joined Welsh classes and is now embarking on a Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care with Bangor University. She said,

“My learning journey started when I arrived in the UK. I realised that I enjoyed the challenge of learning something new. Now I can speak, read, write and understand English very well. I can read letters independently, go to the GP without a translator and support my son with his schoolwork.

“I am very grateful to be where I am, and I’d like to thank my tutors for helping me get there. They told me I was intelligent; nobody had ever told me that in my entire life. They motivated me to continue my journey to nursing.

“My advice to anyone else thinking of taking up a course as an adult is to manage your time and focus on your goals – education is the key to life.”

Read more inspiring award winner stories.

If you would like to speak to someone about the Inspire! Awards nominations – please email:

Learning and Work Institute Wales

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