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National awards for trainers


The 'unsung heroes' of the training world are to be recognised in a Government awards scheme set up this week.

Launched by Secretary of State for Education and Skills Charles Clarke, the Star Awards will be open to all those working in training and teaching in England.

Entrants must be nominated, but the nomination process is to be open to all. Learners or members of the public can nominate a trainer, workers can nominate a colleague and managers can nominate staff.

The Department for Education and Skills said the awards would aim to raise the profile of the training sector and share best practice.

At the launch of the awards Mr Clarke said: 'There are many unsung heroes – working as teachers, trainers, support staff or managers in the learning and skills sector. Every day they make a difference to the quality of learning that six million learners receive. The Star Award will recognise and celebrate their achievements.'

The first Star Awards will be presented at a national ceremony in September 2004

A website giving more information and a telephone help-line to support people in making a nomination are due to be set up, in the meantime further information is available by emailing


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