Belfast Metropolitan College – shortlisted for Social Inclusion (large organisations)
The Centre for Childhood Studies at Belfast Metropolitan College, alongside the Ashton Centre and numerous other partners within the wider LEMUS project, aimed at bringing unemployed adult community learners of all ages together, from a range of religious and cultural backgrounds, across all four corners of the city, to study for a Level 2 Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development in Belfast Met’s new shared learning space based at Girdwood Community Hub. Over the past four years the teams have worked steadfastly to fine tune the approach and create pathways into employment in Early Years and further and higher education for almost 100 learners who initially were economically inactive.
Belfast Recovery College – shortlisted for Learner Voice
Belfast Recovery College, through an innovative model of co-production and co-delivery, implemented a unique leading edge Learning and Leadership Initiative –Developing a Community of Leaders through Learning – Making Silent Voices Heard. A compelling vision was to place the Learner Voice at the core of the College leadership, operations and curriculum. Using a strength-based approach, based on the principles of advocacy and building learner capacity, the programme enabled their learners to pursue their dreams to participate as equal citizens in economic, educational, community, social inclusion and family life