Judging criteria

The evidence provided for all categories must have taken place in the last 12 months.

Into work award
This award celebrates the unemployed who have gone onto get a sustainable job with the help of learndirect.
• Individuals must have been unemployed when they came to learndirect and be in work, or about to start work, at the time of nomination
• Individuals should be able to show how learndirect helped them get back into work. This could include things like having new qualifications, a better CV or more confidence.

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Inspiring learner award
This award celebrates learners who have overcome disabilities or difficult circumstances to succeed with learndirect and who have gone on to improve their life as a result.
• Individuals should be able to show how they have overcome disabilities or difficult circumstances and how learndirect has helped with this
• Individuals should be able to show how their experience with learndirect has made a difference to their life. This could include things like having more confidence, getting a job or being able to perform particular tasks more easily

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Star apprentice award
This award celebrates learndirect apprentices who have taken an Apprenticeship as an alternative route into work.
• Individuals should be able to show how they have gone above and beyond their role as an apprentice to reach their full potential
• Individuals should be able to show what they have achieved as a result of their Apprenticeship. This could include things like getting a permanent job or having more confidence and new skills which has prepared them to take on more responsibilities

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Business impact award
This award celebrates businesses which have worked with learndirect to improve the skills of their staff.
• Businesses should be able to show how learndirect has played an important part in the training and personal development of its employees
• Businesses should be able to show how working with learndirect has resulted in improved staff efficiency and/or business performance

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Career progression award
This award celebrates learners who have improved their career prospects through learning with learndirect, leading to further learning, a new job or promotion.
• Individuals should be able to show clear progression from where they were when they joined learndirect to where they are now – this could be going into higher learning, getting a new job or getting a promotion at work.
• Individuals should be able to show how learndirect has helped them get ahead in their career. This could include things like learning new skills for a promotion or change of career, gaining the confidence needed to take on more responsibilities or getting onto further learning

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Learner support award
This award celebrates tutors, assessors and centre staff who have gone the extra mile to provide a quality service to their customers.
• The member of staff must be able to show how they have gone above and beyond in their role
• The member of staff must be able to show how their actions have had a positive impact on the business or for learndirect customers

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Centre of the year award
This award celebrates centres delivering learndirect programmes which have gone above and beyond to provide a quality experience to their learners
• The centre must be able to show how they have gone above and beyond to provide a quality experience for their customers
• The centre must be able to show evidence of how this has resulted in improved business outcomes

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Entrepreneur of the year award
This award celebrates learners who’ve used learndirect programmes as a stepping stone to start their own business.
• The individual must be trading in their own business or about to start trading at the time of nomination.
• The individual must be able to show how what they learnt at learndirect contributed towards helping them set up their business. This could be things like learning how to write a business plan or gaining IT skills to be able to set up a website for example.

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This award celebrates inspiring colleagues throughout the business who’ve gone the extra mile to deliver our values and provide an excellent service to our customers.
• The colleague must be employed by learndirect
• The nominator must show how their colleague has gone above and beyond in their role.
• The nominator must be able to show how the actions of their colleague have had a positive impact on the business or for learndirect customers