posted on February 14th, 2020

OCN NI Announces Shortlist for Second Annual Learners Awards


Pictured is Peter Boyle, CEO of Argento and Martin Flynn, CEO of OCN NI.

Open College Network NI (OCN NI) has announced the shortlist for its upcoming Learning Endeavour Awards 2020 which will take place in the Stormont Hotel, Belfast on 23rd March 2020.

OCN NI is an educational charity and awarding body that advances education by developing qualifications for adults and young people throughout NI.

The awards shortlist includes nominees from all over Northern Ireland and covers categories such as Third Sector Learner of the Year, Further Education Learner of the Year, Schools Learner of the Year and Inspiring Tutor/Teacher of the Year.

An unprecedented number of entries were submitted with a huge 62.5% increase on last year and the event has also been timed to form an important part of the Belfast Festival of Learning (23 – 27 March 2020) which will see a range of additional high-profile events take place across the City.

Martin Flynn, CEO of OCN NI said: “We are thrilled at the fantastic response we have received for this year’s Learning Endeavour Awards. The calibre of entries was extremely high and we wish all participants the best of luck.”

For more information on OCN NI go to https://www.ocnni.org.uk/

 

The shortlist for the Learning Endeavour Awards is as follows –

Further Education Learner of the Year

Arlene McCreedy, South Eastern Regional College

·       Ethan Gould, Belfast Metropolitan College

·       Joshua Boyle, People 1st

·       Kerri Forbes, One Eighty Restaurant

·       Kelly McLaughlin, North West Regional College

 
Third Sector Learner of the Year

·       Sean O’Neill, Action Mental Health, Craigavon

·       Nikita Hart, Oh Yeah Music Centre

·       Rosemary Traynor, Action Mental Health, Antrim

·       Margaret Branney-Jeffray, Action Mental Health, New Horizons Derriaghy

·       Leanne Reid, Supporting Communities

·       Raluca Puia, Start360

·       Philip Neill, One Eighty Restaurant

 
Schools Learner of the Year

·       Fatima Quebe, Abbey Community College

·       Tiarnan McErlean, St Patrick’s College

·       Charlene Gallagher, Lakewood School

·       Steven King, Lakewood School

 
Health & Well-being Learner of the Year

·       Kevin Canning, Action Mental Health, New Horizons Foyle

·       Marguerite McWilliams, Poleglass Community Association – Sally Gardens

·       Paula Ellison, Action Mental Health, New Horizons, North Down & Ards

·       Philip Marten, Belfast Metropolitan College

·       Rachael Adamson, Action Mental Health, New Horizons Antrim

·       Terence Halligey, Action Mental Health, New Horizons, North Down & Ards

 
Inspiring Tutor/Teacher of the Year

·       Jamie Maze, Belfast Metropolitan College

·       Julie Anderson, The Orchardville Society

·       Ken Allen, ExternWorks

·       Kerry Boomer, Strangford College

·       Nathan McConnell, The Orchardville Society

·       Neil Hoey, People 1st

·       Pauline Matthew, Action Mental Health, New Horizons, North Down & Ards

·       Phelim Lundy ExternWorks

 
Learning in Employment

·       Sharon O’Neill, Action Mental Health, New Horizons, Fermanagh

·       Julia Adams, Action Mental Health, New Horizons Antrim

·       Dorothy Patterson, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust

·       Alexander Beatty, Action Mental Health, Antrim

 
Provider of the Year

·       AEL (Access Employment Limited)

·       Lakewood School

·       NOW Group

·       Oh Yeah Music Centre

·       One Eighty Restaurant