National winners announced at learndirect Inspiration Awards


learndirect learners, businesses, staff and centres are celebrating today after being crowned the best of the best at the national ceremony for the learndirect Inspiration Awards.

The winners were announced at the stunning Roof Gardens in London on 11 June. The beautiful setting and equally glorious weather was a great backdrop to an inspiring day hearing some really fantastic stories from the shortlisted finalists and winners.

The winners from the day were:

Learner support award – Lisa Samuels

Centre of the year award – The Hope Foundation

Business impact award – McDonald’s

Into work award – Michelle Vanessa Murrey

Star apprentice award (16-19 age category) – Abbie Shaw

Star apprentice award (19-24 age category) – Chelsea Keedy

Star apprentice award (24+ category) – Keith Ashcroft

Into work onto Apprenticeship award – Lauren Jenkins

Career progression award – Catherine Nolan

Inspiring learning award – Anthony Dorgan

Read more about their stories here.

The learndirect Inspiration Awards celebrate the incredible learners going that extra mile to develop their skills, as well as the businesses and learndirect centres and staff supporting them. The nominees include learners who have overcome personal difficulties to learn and have gone on to find a job or move up in their career, as well as businesses who have thrived as a result of improving the skills and motivation of their workforce through learndirect.

Roger Peace, CEO, learndirect hosted the ceremony in London. He said: “The national learndirect Inspiration Awards allow us to celebrate the best of the best from across the country. We received more than 700 nominations for the awards this year so it’s a real achievement for everyone who made it to the regional or national finals. I’ve heard some really inspirational stories about how learndirect has helped people change their lives for the better and it’s been a privilege to host the final.”

For more information about the learndirect Inspiration Awards visit