Open College Network NI (OCNNI) has extended the nomination deadline for its inaugural Learner Awards to 12 noon on Friday 7thDecember 2018.

OCNNI is an educational charity and an Awarding Body that advances education by developing nationally recognised qualifications for adults and young people throughout NI, and is staging its first Learner Awards ceremony at Stormont Buildings (Long Gallery) on 5thMarch 2019.

The Recognising Learning Endeavour Awards 2019 will cover a range of categories including schools, further education and voluntary sector learner of the year, an inspiring tutor/teacher award, health & wellbeing learner award and an educational provider award.  All applications are welcome but special consideration will be given to candidates who have overcome significant social, economic or educational barriers that were preventing them from realising their full potential.

Martin Flynn, CEO of Open College Network NI (OCNI) said: “We have had an excellent response so far across all of the various categories but given the fact this is our first Awards event we have decided to extend the closing date to ensure that as many groups and individuals as possible have the opportunity to nominate worthy contenders in the respective categories.“

Martin Flynn added: “We have tried to accommodate as many education sectors as we can in the hope of providing a recognition platform for those groups and individuals who have taken learning in its widest sense to the core of their everyday activities. The Awards will recognise the achievements of learners who seek to achieve their goals in life and work and their tutors/teachers and educational providers who help enable them to succeed.”

For more information on the Awards and access to free nomination forms, visit  The revised closing date for nominations is 12 noon on Friday 7thDecember 2018. 




About Open College Network (NI)

The Open College Network Northern Ireland (OCN NI) is an Awarding Body that advances education by developing nationally recognised qualifications and recognising the achievements of adults and young people. We are an educational charity and an Awarding Body working with centres such as Further Education Colleges, Private Training Organisations, Voluntary & Community Organisations, Schools, SME’s and Public Sector bodies to provide learners with opportunities to progress into further learning and/or employment. We are a not for profit organisation and reinvest all of our resources back into the development of new qualifications and educational resources. As an Awarding Body OCN NI develops high quality qualifications from Entry Level to Level 5 which help to meet the needs of learners and employers.  To date the educational charity has registered over 360,000 learners and has worked with over 400 organisations in the public, private and not for profit sectors. 

For further information please contact Lawrence Duffy of Duffy Rafferty Communications on Belfast (028) 9073 0880.